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Posted 11/9/2014 8:23pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Thanks to all who received their beef this past Friday and Saturday.  Jason, a third grader, did exceptional.  I was impressed.
  • Those of you who took advantage of the short notice for a "Dirt Hog" are going to be very pleased.  They were maybe the best we have ever found.  We have had several people trying to sell us hogs, and after we find out how they are raising their hogs we politely decline.  Good, raised on dirt, hogs are hard to find.
  • Speaking of hogs.  A Callaway County hog "farm", factory is seeking to expand its operation, and just had a 10,000 gallon waste spill, found by a neighbor.  The spill ran into Millers Creek and into the Mark Twain National Forest.  I guess, if the neighbor had not reported it, they would have continued "business as normal".   There were several meetings in Columbia this past week protesting the expansion of the CAFO.  The actual contractor is a large operation based in Iowa.  The Callaway "farmer" is merely under contract to the Iowa corporation.
  • I found the best book yet on making cheese, owning a milk cow, and recipes using milk products.  Milk Cow Kitchen, by MaryJane Butters.  Yes, that's her name.
  • Allan Nation, publisher of the The Grass Farmer monthly magazine, was recently in Kansas City.  He was one of the judges for a meat tasting competition.  It was held in conjunction with the American Royal.  For now, there are two divisions, one grain fed and one grass fed.  When it was started the various sponsors did not want to have a head-to-head competition.  The guy in charge is rethinking that position and may, in the future, make a change.  The consensus of the judges was that the grass fed would have cleaned up, except for one grass fed steak.  Breezy Hill is confident that natural, grass finished beef is not only a more healthy protein, but it is the right way to raise a beef animal.
  •  New to me. Another great reason to have a gallon of coconut oil in your pantry.  http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/the-7-health-benefits-of-oil-pulling?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=FM+NL+-+September+17+2014&utm_content=FM+NL+-+September+17+2014+CID_85d370c54f2b4c0deb72c269c570a31c&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20Email%20Marketing&utm_term=READ%20MORE 
  •  I’m going to include the following for two weeks in a row just to make sure you read it. BE SURE TO INCLUDE THIS IN YOUR FACEBOOK POSTS AND WHERE EVER ELSE. !!!!!

    MIT Scientist Exposes Consequence of Monsanto’s Glyphosate and Aluminum Cocktail

    http://www.nationofchange.org/mit-scientist-exposes-consequence-monsanto-s-glyphosate-and-aluminum-cocktail-1410963518    AND NOW YOU KNOW WHY GMO LABELING IS SO IMPORTANT, AND WHY YOU ASK THE GUY AT THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKET IF HE USES TOXIC SPRAYS ON THE PRODUCE YOU ARE ABOUT TO PURCHASE.   

 

 



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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 10/19/2014 10:05pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • We were sitting near a table of three people at Panera's today. There were two women and a young boy. (We were on our way to Columbia to help celebrate a granddaughter's third birthday.)   The younger woman was doing all the talking, and after hearing a few key words we started paying closer attention.  She was telling them all about the safety of GMO's.  We learned that GMO's are just like hybridization (typical talking point by Big AG), but this took the cake.  "You know if you cross an Angus (beef cow) with a another breed you will have a genetically modified animal."   She said there is no safety issue with GMO's.  She had a large soda and was at least 60-70 pounds overweight.  Of course, High Fructose Corn Syrup is not a safety issue either, except ... .  
  • Had our fryers processed this past Saturday.  Wow, that extra couple of weeks sure made a difference.  Ours weighed about 8 pounds.  They were so big we had to cut them into individual meals.  That was a lot of chicken.  Remember, the bigger the bird, the better the deal.  Our drumsticks (bones) weren't much bigger than a three pounder's .
  • We took two beeves in for processing this past week.  Plan to take two more this week.  Things are starting to move on beef harvesting. 
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Another Independent Study Confirms Monsanto’s RoundUp Chemicals are Lethal, Even in Small Doses.  It’s rather technical, but you may have a friend that needs to be convinced of the dangers.

http://www.nationofchange.org/another-independent-study-confirms-monsanto-s-roundup-chemicals-are-lethal-even-small-doses-14114806    

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Interesting presentation on Farm to Table.  Klaus and Mary Martens were speakers at an ACRES conference we attended several years ago.  http://fora.tv/2014/09/29/local_food_beyond_farm_to_table?utm_source=ForaSiteMaster&utm_campaign=61de8e4ad9-Newsletter_10_8_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_de23702f3b-61de8e4ad9-295712557    

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Tenacity can be a virtue, but the persistent push by giant food conglomerates to deceive us consumers has turned their tenacity into raw mendacity. http://jimhightower.com/node/8452#.VDcjTGddXE0   

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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 10/13/2014 8:32pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Liz Wolfe, the author of Eat the Yolks, will be on the Morning Show on Channel 4 during the 8 o'clock hour.  Liz is one of our milk customers, and the show host, Loren Halifax ,loves our grass finished beef.  Be sure to tune in.
  • Ground beef pick up went very well.  Thanks to everyone.
  • Speaking of ground beef, latest prices at Nature's Pantry was $9.79/lb, a roast was $10.49/lb, rib eyes were $18.79/lb.  Chickens were $5.19/lb.  Remember, this Saturday is the last chicken day for this year.  Contact Virginia to reserve yours.  She should have some really nice fryers as they had to reschedule from last Saturday, and they will be bigger.  We have ten that would have been processed last week, but now they are huge.  We will have to divide them into parts just to get them to fit in the freezer bags.  
  • Hogs are very scarce.  My good source, an older farmer, has decided to quit.  I am looking for another good source.
  • Some of the most amazing demonstrated properties  of turmeric include: ·  Destroying Multi-Drug Resistant Cancer ·   Destroying Cancer Stem Cells (arguably, the root of all cancer) ·   Protecting Against Radiation-Induced Damage ·   Reducing Unhealthy Levels of Inflammation ·  Protecting Against Heavy Metal Toxicity ·  Preventing and Reversing Alzheimer's Disease Associated Pathologies

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_30871.cfm 

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    Read this and you’ll know why you’re seeing a constant barrage of commercials on TV by BP trying to create a positive image.  If you’ll notice there are several corporations that are disparately trying to improve their image.  It used to be they spent their advertisement dollars trying to get you to buy their product.  Now they want you to “buy their line”.  Have you noticed the Northrup King commercial with the little boy?  

    http://www.nationofchange.org/british-petroleum-bp-stock-drops-after-threat-18-billion-fines-1410710149 

     



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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 9/28/2014 9:27pm by Art Ozias.
            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • My friend Larry L. built me a couple of pocket ponds last week.  I plowed up some swales. Now when it rains and the pond gets full, the water will not go through the overflow pipe; rather it will be moved by gravity out to the ridge(higher ground), slowed, and allowed to seep through the berm, and increase the water profile in my pasture. I now know how to operate a laser level.  Still learning things.  
  • Liz and Princess's bull calf are now in OK. A nice young couple is adding to their other milk cow and wanting to educate their area about the importance of A2 raw milk.  Nice to see young people appreciate the value of nutrient rich foods.
  • We had one of our fryers yesterday for dinner.  Each breast half was cut in thirds and that was a very good portion.  These fryers weighed about 8 pounds.  Can't buy one like that in the grocery store.  The CAFO "farmers" can't get them that big before they have organ failure and die.  Therefore, they haul them out at 3-5 pounds.  Nature's Pantry had them this past week for $5.19/lb.  I think Virginia will have one more Chicken Day.  They are nice sized and only $3.50/LB.    Oh yes, there were left overs and that was our dinner for three today.  We still have the carcass and it will make some excellent soup.

Nine Ways Processed Foods are Slowly Killing People

http://www.nationofchange.org/nine-ways-processed-foods-are-slowly-killing-people-1410363402 

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Cholesterol is your friend.  http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/the-6-greatest-cholesterol-myths-debunked?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=FM+NL+-+September+10+2014&utm_content=FM+NL+-+September+10+2014+CID_210426f57ce0dbb390a8de3c64dd1015&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20Email%20Marketing&utm_term=READ%20MORE 

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Here it is again.  Please listen.  http://sciencefriday.com/segment/08/15/2014/is-healthy-soil-the-low-tech-solution-to-climate-change.html 

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Very interesting.  http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_30816.cfm 




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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 9/21/2014 10:01pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • We will be having a ground beef harvest this week.  I should know at the end of the week approximately how many pounds.  I will be notifying those on my list.  If you don't get an email, that means your name fell below the cut-off for this harvest.  
  • I weighed the beef herd yesterday, and they have done really well this year since we have had plenty of grass.  I have notified several people on the freezer beef list, and as soon as I get the deposit, I will schedule harvest dates with the processor.
  • Karen had her calf.  Milk production should be increasing.  I pulled some hair folicles from the calf's tail and will send it off to be tested to make sure he is A2.
  • Last call for any Green Pastures order.

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Anyone interested in a good truck? http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/4674926462.html 

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Ground beef sets new record as price rockets past $4.00 per pound for first time in history.  Price at Nature's Pantry is still over $9 per pound.   Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/046954_ground_beef_food_prices_inflation.html#ixzz3DucjtZAr  

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Berkeley vs. Big Soda

http://www.nationofchange.org/berkeley-vs-big-soda-1410358403 

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Organizations Urge Supermarkets to Refuse GMOs in Order to Save the Butterflies

http://www.nationofchange.org/organizations-urge-supermarkets-refuse-gmos-order-save-butterflies-1410360428 

 




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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 9/14/2014 9:37pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We have a lot of humming birds the past two weeks.  Most have left and I guess have headed south.  It took a lot of sugar water to feed them.
  • We will be making another Green Pastures order this week.  If you want coconut oil, coconut ghee, or any of the cod liver oil products send me an email.  the more orders we get the lower the price for all.  Go to their website if you are not familiar with their products.
  • We may be able to add some more milk customers when Karen has her calf.  She looks like she is getting close. 
  • We had three pear trees and they were full this year.  Last year we had peaches and no pears.  This year was just the opposite.  Debra canned and canned.  And to eat a ripe pear from a tree is the best.  
  • Virginia has some fryers available from this past Saturday.  Contact her at raetdy@aol.com .  Remember, chicken days are about gone for this year.  Also, reserve your thanksgiving turkey.  She only has so many and when they are spoken for they are gone.  Can't place an order and have a truck bring in some more.
  • The latest issue of Wise Traditions, the Weston Price journal, has a great article that is an excerpt from her book, in which she discusses this topic. Most of you reading this are now well aware of the dangers of trans fats, and that the FDA is in the process of banning them completely. That's great news, but the question is, what is trans fat being replaced with? The answer is that the oils they're currently using in lieu of trans fats create toxic oxidation products, which in fact may be more toxic than trans fat. For complete article,
  • http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/31/trans-fat-saturated-fat.aspx?e_cid=20140831Z1_PRSNL_Art_1&utm_source=prmrsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140831Z1&et_cid=DM55077&et_rid=642008323   **********************************************  

    You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

    http://www.nationofchange.org/you-can-t-make-stuff-1410357670 




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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 9/8/2014 8:41pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE



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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/31/2014 10:34pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Milk is flowing.  Sweetpea is a special cow.  We could add a couple of new customers.  Those of you already getting milk should now get an extra half gallon and enjoy some ice cream and of course, yogurt.  How many of you are making Kefir?  Milk supply should hold up for the next several months as Karen is due next month and she is a very consistent milker.
  • I sold Liz, a Brown Swiss, to a family in Oklahoma.  She will be going there at the end of this month
  • I have started a new list for ground beef.  Prices are still high and we are staying at our yearly established price of $5/lb.
  • Again, we are doing the "dirt" hogs differently.  Send your request to Gilbert's.  They require a $200 deposit for whole hog and $100 for a half.  Send me a courtesy copy so I can know how many "dirt" hogs I need to find.
  • There were two very good articles in the latest issue of ACRES magazine.  One dealt with soil pH and the other, Timing is Everything.  Do you water in the morning and foliar feed in the late afternoon and do you know why?  And when do you pick your various produce in your garden?  When is the best time to mow your hay?

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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/24/2014 9:47pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We have made several updates to our website.  You can review the parts that were update at the site  by reading the latest "What's New"'.
  • The main change is how we are going to handle "dirt hogs" in the future.  It would take too long to explain the hassle we had with the cancellation of an order after the hog had been processed.  So, in the future if you want to reserve a "dirt hog" you will deal directly with Gilbert's.  You will need to send them an email and a deposit of $200 (whole, half would be $100).  You must courtesy copy me, so I will know how many to find.  I'm still helping out, but I can't afford another cancellation.  I like pork, but not two hogs at once.  Gilbert's have the option of putting the pork in their retail case and selling  it directly to the public.  I don't have that option.  I have had several people within the last two weeks request a hog or a half.  If you have, then you will need to send an email to Gilbert's and copy me.  I'll keep a list as well and make sure I get enough for all the requests.  If the market drops and hogs cost less, Gilbert's will apply any excess to cover the processing.
  • Sweetpea had a heifer calf.  Milk supply is improving.
  • Princess has a new home with goats and two llamas.
  • The purple martins left finally.  They usually leave early in the summer when it gets hot.   I guess the cooler summer affected their schedule.  My barn swallows are still here.  They too usually leave and go north.  My barn is full of swallows.  I have had very little problem with flies this summer.  Thanks to the swallows, I guess.

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Factory Farmed Chickens: The Hidden Cost of Cheap Chicken

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/07/factory-farmed-chickens-hidden-cost-cheap-chicken/     

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Plants Hold the Key to Repelling Mosquitoes Safely

Fortunately, there are highly effective repellents on the market comprising natural botanical oils and extracts that are every bit as effective as DEET, but with none of the potentially harmful effects. You can also make your own repellent using:

  • Cinnamon leaf oil (one study found it was more effective at killing mosquitoes than DEET)
  • Clear liquid vanilla extract14 mixed with olive oil
  • Wash with citronella soap, and then put some 100 percent pure citronella essential oil on your skin. Java Citronella is considered the highest quality citronella on the market
  • Catnip oil (according to one study, this oil is 10 times more effective than DEET)15
  • Lemon eucalyptus was found very effective in a 2014 Australian study;16 a mixture of 32 percent lemon eucalyptus oil provided more than 95 percent protection for three hours, compared to a 40 percent DEET repellent that gave 100 percent protection for seven hours

Use a natural formula  that contains a combination of citronella, lemongrass oil, peppermint oil and vanillin to repel mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers, ticks, and other biting insects,which is recommended in a June 2014 article on AlterNet.17.

for complete articlehttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/23/mosquito-repellent.aspx?e_cid=20140823Z1_PRNL_art_1&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140823Z1&et_cid=DM54227&et_rid=632328489 

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9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/23/health-benefits-cucumbers.aspx?e_cid=20140823Z1_PRNL_art_2&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20140823Z1&et_cid=DM54227&et_rid=632328489 

 

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

Art Ozias 

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 8/17/2014 10:06pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Milk is still extremely short.  Still waiting on Sweetpea to have her calf.
  • I've included a link to an NPR Science Friday interview.  I have included similar information before by Allan Savory regarding carbon sequestration in the soil.  You'll hear that if just 11% of the mono cropping were replaced with permanent cover it would enough carbon sequestration to solve the excess that is affecting the global increase in temperatures.  We had such a government program for many years, CRP, in which farmers were paid to not plant cereal crops and the land was planted to various grasses and was not to be used.  Well, we had some droughts and farmers were allowed to hay the ground.  That still maintained the cover.  And then along came ethanol and the price of corn and soybeans increased and as the contracts for CRP came due, that ground was planted to corn and soybeans and we lost that amount of sequestration.  Wouldn't you think our farm plan would address this and have a program to reduce the corn and soybean acreage by 11% so we could start reducing the carbon issue?? No, we're plowing up hill ground and beans are planted the first year and then corn and the cycle continues.
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  • Is Healthy Soil the Low-Tech Solution to Climate Change?  Be sure to listen to this interview.  http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/08/15/2014/is-healthy-soil-the-low-tech-solution-to-climate-change.html

New Wave of GMO Crops Poised for Approval Despite Public Outcry.

http://www.nationofchange.org/new-wave-gmo-crops-poised-approval-despite-public-outcry-1407680841 

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The toxic cyanobacteria is fed by fertilizers in agricultural runoff in the Maumee River Watershed, which is heavily dominated by corn, soybean and wheat crops. Another big contributor to increased runoff is controlled animal feeding operations (CAFOs), better known as factory farms. I read this week that Ohio is going to make $1 mil available for better drainage and for farmers to plant cover crops.  Another example of the hidden costs for cheap food.  Better drainage?  Sure we need to get it out of our backyard and get it down to the gulf to keep that algae bloom going. Today's KC Star had information about lakes in Kansas having the same problem. Does Kansas have a "right to farm" provision in their constitution??

http://www.nationofchange.org/how-crony-capitalism-and-deregulation-poisoned-toledo-s-water-1408199701 




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

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com