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Posted 4/4/2021 10:06pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Anyone want some guinea eggs to incubate?  Maybe you have a hen starting to set and you could get a bunch of guineas to help with tick and bug control.  And they are fun to watch.  We will have plenty just let me know how many and we can save them for you.
  • Our beef schedule took a hit recently with the unusually cold weather and the almost 7 inches of rain in a weeks time.  We have stopped feeding hay as the grasses have begun to outpace their appetites.  We will be weighing them in about a week, and then we will have a much better idea as to our schedule for this Springs harvest.  We have several harvest dates reserved for June, but if we have some ready earlier I will lobby for a single one.  
  • Gardening is in full swing.  The green house is working great with new plants, and we are starting to move them to the raised beds.  Raised beds are being topped off with additional planting medium.   The drip lines have all been checked and replaced as necessary.  Potatoes and corn will get planted tomorrow.
  • Purple martins are back and it's great to have them back.  We added several new gourds for this year and some are starting to claim them.
  • We have several new calves and I wish everyone could watch them play and explore their new world.  Diba our puppy, that is now a full grown Anatolian Sheppard is learning or better said  displaying her innate herd instincts.  It is amazing to watch her bred in genes slowly be manifest.  
  • I am in the middle of renovating my pastures.  They really need it this year due to the excessive rains we had.  It is so dry now that some areas will need to wait for a little rain.  The traffic areas are especially a problem.

         https://youtu.be/ctsRHBSVAfY




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 2/21/2021 10:33pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Yes, it's been awhile.  When it is below zero not much happens.  You survive.  We never were involved in any blackouts and have had running water.  Literally, we have had to run a small steady drip anytime it gets below about 10 degrees.  We have some water lines next to an exterior basement wall and they would have frozen.  The water bill will be higher, but frozen water lines can be multiple times more costly.  My sister, across the pasture, still has frozen water lines.  She did not keep her line running.  Hopefully, this next week with temperatures near 60 we can get her issue resolved.
  • One of my Dirt Hog farmers has some available soon.  I just added someone today to my list.  Let me know.  Price is about the same.  Around a dollar per pound plus processing. I just checked my dirt hog list.  If you are still wanting a Dirt Hog let me know, so I can update my list.(aozias@gmail.com)
  • We will be taking advantage of the warmer weather this next week and finish weaning last year's calves.  Two or three nights of mooing will occur.   Our calving should start late next month.  Many of the locals have lost several calves due to the extreme cold.  Since they insist on calving in Jan and Feb, they need to be prepared for the possibility of very cold weather. 
  • We had someone request a SCOBY and Kefir grains last week.  Nice to know that people are willing to make their own Kombucha and to use Kefir grains. 
  • Diba, our puppy, is growing fast.  Anatolian Shepherds are big dogs.  She is learning from our Pyrenees, Sophie, how to bark and chase coyotes.  She has been pretty good about staying at home.  Maybe the snow and cold weather has been a factor.
  • I will be getting pasture seed for this Spring this week.  It won't be long until we will overseed and renovate our pastures.  
  • Oh yes, we have got to clean the Martin houses.  The scouts will be coming next month.
  • The list of "to do's" has grown since fixing anything extra in subzero weather just doesn't get done.

"Art, we have really enjoyed the hog, the bacon is awesome and the ham is amazing! Please put us in line for another hog, this time we want the whole hog. Thanks so much, Chuck"





THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 1/17/2021 9:30pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • "Wonder of the World"   correction.
  • Also, a reminder the registration for the "Sacred Cow" movie.  It starts on Jan20.   https://www.americangrassfed.org/sacred-cow-registration/  



THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 1/17/2021 9:08pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • We still have a small quantity of ground beef from the last harvest.  They are pound and half tubes and are  $8.25 each.  Send an email with your request.
  • Diba went to town again this week, but this time we knew the address.  We learned a lot about the app.  The fitbark downloaded some new software, and we are testing it for them.  This next week we are going to put the collar in a car, drive to town and verify just how this gps tracker works.
  • The following utube is maybe the next "wonder of the work".  All range horses are trained to stand when the rider dismounts.  That's obvious or all cowboys would have a long walk home.  But, to get a horse to protect you from a momma cow is a wonder.  I grew up riding horses and training them to do a variety of functional tasks.  I can't imagine how this horse was trained.  https://youtu.be/nHkzZqB-LuE

 

 

 




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 1/4/2021 8:07pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We have some extra ground beef from the latest harvest.  Two people on my list have not responded, so their ground beef is available.  It's FIRST COME, GETS IT.  Pickup is here at the farm and they are 1 1/2 pound tubes.  At $5.50/lb a tube is $8.25.  Let me know.
  • My neighbor has now three lambs going to the processor soon.  Let me know if you're interested.
  • I am in the middle of Sacred Cow, Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf.  There is a movie, same name and it will be available for a week.  Here is the information on how to register to watch the film.

American Grassfed Association has partnered with Diana Rodgers, the director and producer of Sacred Cow, to bring you a free screening of the film. You will be able to view Sacred Cow anytime between January 20th and 30th. After your screening, join a live Q&A panel on Thursday, January 28th from 7:00-8:15 PM ET featuring Diana Rodgers, Dr. John Ikerd, Greg Gunthorp, and Carrie Balkcom. To learn more about Diana Rodgers, please click here. To learn more about Dr. John Ikerd, please click here. To learn more about Greg Gunthorp, please click here. To learn more about Carrie Balkcom, please click here.

 

Register now here for a link to view Sacred Cow

"At our grocery stores and dinner tables, even the most thoughtful consumers are overwhelmed by the number of considerations to weigh when choosing what to eat—especially when it comes to meat. Guided by the noble principle of least harm, many responsible citizens resolve the ethical, environmental and nutritional conundrum by quitting meat entirely. But can a healthy, resilient and conscientious food system exist without animals?

 

Sacred Cow probes the fundamental moral, environmental and nutritional quandaries we face in raising and eating animals. In this project, we focus our lens on the largest and perhaps most maligned of farmed animals, the cow."

 

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  • I finished Tom Philpott's latest book, Perilous Bounty.  As usual, Philpott does a great job.  It details what is happening in California with fruits, vegetables and NUTS.  The limiting factor, water.  You will want to build a raised bed and order your seeds for this coming Spring.  Remember, last Spring the seed companies ran short on filling orders due to the uptick in demand.  The other part of the book deals with the midwest, mostly Iowa.  Here the focus is on protein, beef, pork and chickens.  The limiting factor here is soil and the increased necessity for chemicals to make the monoculture of corn and soybeans work.

Hi – I'm reading "Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It" by Tom Philpott and wanted to share this quote with you.

"Whatever your politics, there are activities your tax money supports that I’m sure you find troublesome, if not deplorable. But you can’t do anything about those activities—you can’t withdraw your support—unless you’re prepared to go to jail. Food is different. You can simply stop participating in a system that abuses animals or poisons the water or squanders jet fuel flying asparagus around the world. You can vote with "your fork, and you can do it three times a day. Everyday."

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"Art, we have really enjoyed the hog, the bacon is awesome and the ham is amazing! Please put us in line for another hog, this time we want the whole hog. Thanks so much", Chuck

 





THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 12/29/2020 9:42pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We've had an exciting time at Breezy Hill.  We got a replacement dog for Sophie, as she is having a hip issue common with older Pyrenees .  The new pup is an Anatolian Shepherd,  also a predator control breed.  We were doing just fine, and then last week she disappeared.  We searched and searched and were sure something higher in the food chain had gotten her, and then fortunately in answer to a facebook post she was found.  She is now home and has a gps collar for the next year.
  • Our guineas are a flock of about 35.  I think we are set for next years tick and bug season.  Of course, that can all change overnight with an owl or raccoon.
  • We have a neighbor who has scheduled four pasture raised lambs with the processor.  If interested email me with your request and phone number.
  • We recently cured and smoked a side of bacon.  Wow, it is so simple and easy, and it is the best.
  • Have been having pon haus for breakfast.  Also, easy and so good.  Google it.  I use the hogs head.  Very rich.
  • I am caught up on Dirt Hogs.  If interested in the future, email me and I'll start a new list for next year.
  • Same for ground beef.  I'll be starting a new list for next year.
  • I just finished a book by Dr. Fred Provenza, Nourishment.  The first half tracks with the title and is quite interesting.  The second half is quite different.  After page 179 one will be challenged with some very dire projections, and you will have much to contemplate.  The first half took me about two weeks reading occasionally when I had extra time.  The last half I finished in two days, couldn't put it down.  For me, it was a two thumbs up book.  Should anyone read this book, please let me know how you reacted to Fred's provocative observations.  I plan to reread this book after 5-10 years.  Perhaps this book will only appeal to someone interested in nutrition, animals and who is over 70 years old.  A young person may not appreciate the second half.  A younger person may not have had enough life experiences.  I'd be curious.




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 11/19/2020 6:28pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • I received a call from one of my Dirt Hog producers.  Since it has been awhile since I received your requests, I need to get my list updated.  I want to make sure everyone who requested a half or whole can be on this next harvest.
  • If you have recently requested a Dirt Hog please send me an email with your phone number and whether you want a half or whole.  If you want to be on the list there may be one or two extras.  A half will cost about $100 and processing is about the same.  The cost per pound for packaged meat is about $2.50/lb. They are being processed at Kempf's just north of Sedalia.  They do a nice job.  We are enjoying a ham from a recent harvest.
  • A ground beef pickup will be this Saturday.  Everyone on my list for this pickup have been notified.  I did not have enough for everybody on my list, so we have a new list started.  If you want grass finished ground beef, not from Australia or Central America here is your chance.  The next pickup will be sometime in December.



THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 11/15/2020 7:44pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • I had a cancellation just as I was delivering beeves to the processor.  Luckily, I had some orders scheduled for December and was able to move them up.  However, the result is that I now have a split half available for December.  If anyone is interested send me an email. 
  • The next ground beef pickup will be this next Saturday.  I have more on my list than I will have available.  Those not getting their request will be added to the December pickup.  If interested in that pickup send and email with your requested amount.  The price is the same as last year, $5.50/lb.
  • Remember, we maintain a list for Dirt Hog pork.  We have about eight going to the processor in December.   Interested?  Send an email and get on the next list.

Here is Dr. Berg explaining the benefits of vitamin K2.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmPJivMOvAM





THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 10/19/2020 10:47pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • The next beef harvest is now set.  Normally, I just do two at a time.  This time due to the processors being booked through until next summer, I was able to get a block of eight in a two day period.  That made it easy with more flexibility to match requests, but so many more to match up.  One person did not respond to several emails and even two text messages.  He had a half of dirt hog at the processor and I had not received his payment.     Here is the email I received today, N hospital on vent. Will call when out. Pls pray. Call butcher 4 me.
    Thx
    R.   
  • Covid is real, folks.  I'll pick up his pork tomorrow to avoid storage costs, and I'll put him on my next dirt hog list in December if that's his decision. 
  • The next ground beef pickup will be Nov 21.  There may not be enough for all requests.  We have another scheduled for mid December.
  • Debra has successfully gotten 24 keets to the point where two guinea hens have taken over and are making sure they stay together and get in and roosted up at night.  Debra had gone down each night to make sure they were safe.  Now the adults are in charge.
  • Are you noticing all the brown fields as you drive to work or town?  Yes, the corn and soybeans even stopped months ago photosynthesising  and storing carbon in the soil.  We will have to wait until next June and then for only two or three months.  

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  • "This time last year, Tyrone Gustafson’s small Iowa slaughterhouse and butchering facility, Story City Locker, was operating at about 80 percent capacity. Today, he estimates the demand has surged to approximately 120 percent and his slaughter and butchering schedule is booked out through the end of 2021."  see entire article, https://civileats.com/2020/10/19/the-pandemic-has-the-potential-to-finally-transform-meat-processing-in-the-u-s/ 

     

     

  • Hi Art!

    Keep up the good work! We’ve really enjoyed our beef and the dirt hog! The bacon is AMAZING!!

    We’ve got every possible freezer full still. What’s the next date in 2021? I saw you mentioned June, but is there anything before that? If not, please put us on your list for June. 

    Thanks so much. Can’t say enough about having great meat in my freezer!!

    Stay safe, we need you!!

    Jennifer

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  • Here’s a show for you… Embracing the Connection Between Agriculture and Health with Zach Bush episode of Regenerative Agriculture Podcast.  This is an excellent Podcast.




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 10/11/2020 8:45pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We weighed the beeves yesterday, and I sent an email to all I had on my list for freezer beef.  If you did not get that email let me know soon.  We have had several move their request to next June.  One person moved out of state.  When I took all those requests in Feb and Mar, I had the feeling that some would cancel as soon as the meat counters filled again.  So much for supporting a local, small producer, and voting against the Big Three meat packers, and the CAFO production method.
  • I do have space for dirt hog pork for December.  Let me know and I'll add your name.
  • It's been a while since I have updated my list for the next ground beef.  We usually have a ground beef day in the fall.  I have a processor date for Nov10.  So, I need to get that list up-to-date.




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com