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Breezy Hill Farm Update Aug 11, 2019

Posted 8/11/2019 10:48pm by Art Ozias.


  • Finally, the Japanese beetles are gone.  My biggest day was four 5 gallon buckets per day. I had several of those days.  That's a lot of beetles.
  • We lost two peach trees full of fruit due to beetles.  We had one full of peaches with a later ripening date and they were not harmed.  When peaches are ripe you have to act quickly.  We left for our vacation for a week to visit our daughter in  Gilbert, Az (in Phoenix area) and when we returned the tree looked like it had been picked.  No peaches this year.  But we have three trees full of pears.  I mean full, as in hundreds of pears.  We may need to invite some pickers. 
  • Weighed the calves this afternoon and the summer with plenty of grass has resulted in some impressive gains.  We have several ready now.  I'll get on the processors schedule tomorrow.  Also, there will be some ground beef in the near future for those on the list.
  • We had grilled Dirt Hog pork chops for dinner today.  Those of you who have purchased Dirt Hogs from us know just how great they are.  They are delicious.  We also had tomatoes, cucumbers, slaw (cabbage and carrots), potatoes and sweet corn, all from our garden.  Garden food is the very best of Summer.


Here is a podcast interview with Joel Salatin. It's kind of long, but there is a lot of information packed in this. You'll learn why buying grass finished beef is your go to option.


Want to understand how your gall bladder functions and what to do if it is not, or if you have had yours removed. There are things you can do.


Be sure to click on the imbedded links.

Rains may lead to ‘very large’ dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

With the high levels of spring and summer rains seen in many parts of the Midwest, scientists are predicting that the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico will be close in size to the record-setting 8,776 square-mile dead zone measured in 2017.

Excess nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural fertilizer runoff and other sources have led to moderate to severe degradation in 65% of the estuaries and coastal waters in the U.S., according to NOAA. The excess nutrient load kicks off a process known as eutrophication, fueling the growth of large algae blooms.

Intensive ag contributes most nitrogen pollution to river basin

There are well over 14,000 concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Iowa, primarily medium and large in size and housing pigs.27 Genetically engineered corn and soy crops are also prolific. In the 2016 State of the River Report by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, the greatest source of chemical contamination to the river was found to be agricultural runoff.

Regenerative, grass fed, biodynamic agriculture is the answer

The solution to reducing the Gulf of Mexico dead zone lies in changing agricultural practices from industrial to regenerative. Choosing grass fed products like grass fed beef and bison over those raised in CAFOs is one solution that we can all take part in. 


Art Ozias