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Breezy Hill Update 42014

Posted 4/20/2014 11:17pm by Art Ozias.


  • The warmer weather, new grass and having all cuts healed has made a big difference in our milk supply.  Everyone is now getting their full allotment, and when one of our  heifers calves soon we will be having enough to add a few new customers.
  • I finally got all my spring planting done, except for some areas around a pond.  The ponds are finally full.  It has taken more than three years, but last week in about a three hour period we got so much rain that it did not have time to soak in and the ponds were filled.  Since it didn't get to soak in, the ground is still very dry.
  • The green house is full of new plants just waiting for that frost free date and then they will go into the outdoor garden.  Our raised beds are already full and as soon as we make our annual spring trip to Morgan County, we will get more fill material to complete a new addition of about 4 x 10 feet.
  • I am about a third through the book, The Meat Racket.  It is very good and I saw in the paper today that the author will be in KC at the downtown library this coming Wednesday.
  • I recently ate at a rather well known BBQ place in KC.  When my son takes me to a Royals baseball game, he always plans on lunch before the game.  I was waiting for my order to be readied, and the helper who took my order opened a large bag and started pouring frozen french fries into the fryers.  When I started eating I realized that the french fried "potatoes" were not potatoes.  They were very uniform and there was nothing much in the middle.  They were reformulated from, I hope, potato flour and fried in oil.  There was no potato taste, mostly oil.  Why compromise your quality when it would be very easy to cut your own, and now most people don't mind some skin on their fries.  And the white bread on the sandwich was there to at best keep your fingers dry.
  • Now for hay.  I have known for a long time that one should never sell hay from off your farm.  It is the quickest way to de-mineralize your soil.  A recent article in the Grassland Farmer documents this.  A ton of hay (one big round bale) contains about 40 lbs of Nitrogen, 6 lbs of Phosphorus, 50 lbs of Potassium and a wide array of micro-nutrients.  At today's prices that is about $80-85. If you sell it for $40 you are losing money. You're mining your soil and gradually it will become worthless.  There's a field near us which has been heavily hayed. There are no fences, no livestock and now it is completely covered with broomsedge, which indicates a severe lack of soil health.  So, if you don't have enough ground to produce your own hay, buy it and let your cows transform it into protein, milk and fertilizer for your soil.  A cow only retains about 5 % of the nutrients, so you win big time.
  • I have located a good beef for ground beef, no hormones nor antibiotics; has been on grass for three years.  If there is enough interest I will pursue getting it.  Since I did not raise it, I will have to pay at the now going rate which is rather high.  You may want to consider this, as it will be some time before I will have one ready.  I think I can get this done for $5.25/ pound which is far better than the $9-10 I've seen for organic grass finished beef in Kansas City.



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Putrid Poultry

Poultry is already the most deadly source of food borne illness. And working in a slaughterhouse is already the most dangerous job in America, according to some reports. So what is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) latest plan to protect consumers and workers? It wants to privatize poultry inspection, putting companies in charge of their own inspections. It also approves of increasing the slaughtering line speed. In other words, the USDA's new "Filthy Chicken Rule" will put both consumers and factory farm workers at greater risk. According to a recent Consumer Reports survey of factory-farm chicken, the state of America's poultry, even at the current rate of government inspection, is grim: "More than half of the samples contained fecal contaminants. And about half of them harbored at least one bacterium that was resistant to three or more commonly prescribed antibiotics." And now our poultry is about to become even more putrid...unless we can convince the USDA to rescind what Food & Water Watch has dubbed the "Filthy Chicken Rule."



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