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Posted 4/28/2014 10:02pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We had a new addition this morning.  Our Brown Swiss heifer had her calf.  It was a heifer and she needed a little help from Debra and me.  Probably would have been ok, but didn't want to take a chance.  In 3 years, wow, she will be producing A2 milk like her mom.
  • I got my test results back for testing A2 for two heifers and a bull calf.  All are A2/A2.   Lucky to get a heifer today, and she will be A2/A2   So, we now have three A2/A2 heifers entering the "herd".
  • We are adding more milk customers, so if you have not been contacted it's because I've misplaced your name.  Let us know.  We will add what we can. 
  • Ground beef is available.  We should know how much this week and will send out an email to those on the list that will be getting some from this harvest.  WATCH FOR THAT EMAIL.
  • We found three "dirt" hogs last week and that clears my list for hogs.  I will be sending that email to those getting their hog tomorrow. WATCH FOR THAT EMAIL.
  • I recently cured a ham that we had in the freezer for over a year.  It turned out just great.  It is so easy to do.
  • Finished a batch of kraut.  It is so much better than ANY thing you'll get in the store.  I need to get another head of cabbage and start another batch.
  • We have not ordered from Green Pastures yet as we have not received enough requests to make the shipping economical. 
  • Our raised beds are full.  If you don't have one, it's not too late to get started.  Our straw bales are ready and we have transplanted some strawberry plants in them. 
  • START AN ORCHARD, PLANT SOME TREES.
  • I have just about finished the book, The Meat Racket.  Everyone should read this book.  It is a chronological history of how the meats available have been co-opted by just a few (4) large corporations.

Just for the “humor”?http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aLg2vnupJek  

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  A new exposé by Mother Jones magazine may shock anyone who drinks out of plastic bottles, gives their children plastic sippy cups, eats out of plastic containers, or stores food with plastic wrap.

http://www.nationofchange.org/are-any-plastics-safe-industry-tries-hide-scary-new-evidence-bpa-free-bottles-containers-1394036029 

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Interview with Dr. Mark Hyman- “The Blood Sugar Solution 10 Day Detox Diet”

http://mamaglow.com/interview-dr-mark-hyman-blood-sugar-solution-10-day-detox-diet/

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    If you are still eating store chicken,  or restaurant chicken good luck.   http://www.nationofchange.org/usda-allow-chickens-us-be-shipped-china-processing-and-back-us-consumption-just-seafood-1394374208

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    Experts aren’t the only ones voicing concerns. Just recently, it was announced that thousands of individuals are going to swarm Lowe’s and Home Depot in protest, demanding that the stores stop selling chemicals linked to bee destruction.  http://www.nationofchange.org/pesticides-destroy-bees-ability-carry-pollen-protein-1394374747

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How do you make your coffee?  We drip ours.  We learned in Germany many years ago and it is still a great way to brew coffee.   http://www.nationofchange.org/high-price-laziness-1396186555

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    The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business, by Christopher Leonard (Simon & Schuster, NY, 2014. ISBN978-1-4516-4581-1)   Review by Marilyn Noble   When I was very young, I remember my grandparents buying live chickens and turning them out into the back yard for a few days until my grandmother was ready to kill, clean, and cook them. She made the world's best fried chicken along with our family favorite to this day, chicken and dumplings. The chickens had an intense, chickeny flavor, firm meat, and sturdy carcasses that ended up as soup when the meat was gone. When we didn't have those backyard chickens, my mom bought whole fryers and broilers at the grocery store, and even those were tasty.  But then, about the time I left home and started cooking for myself, a strange thing happened. Supermarket chicken changed -- the flesh became pale and spongy, and the bodies were loaded with pallid yellow blobs of fat. Sometimes the birds smelled off, like bleach or ammonia, and sometimes they had broken legs.   In his new book, journalist Christopher Leonard lays out the explanation for this decline in the quality of chicken, pork, and beef -- the rise of the industrial meat system, created almost single-handedly by one man, Don Tyson. Tyson was born in rural poverty during the Depression, but with visions of grandeur and the ambition and smarts to carry them out, he became the head of one of the world's largest meat corporations.  Tyson realized as a young man joining his father's chicken business that there were more efficient and profitable ways to run it. Tyson Foods became synonymous with vertical integration, the practice of owning the entire production cycle of chicken, from egg, to chicks, to feed, to slaughter, and even trucking. And once Don Tyson had conquered the industrialization of the chicken business, he set his sights on pork and beef, leading to the "chickenization" of those sectors as well.   The result has been cheap, tasteless, mediocre meat for consumers, along with the destruction of rural economies and family farms. Today, 95% of all Americans will consume a Tyson product at some point, whether that's a Chicken McNugget, a piece of bacon, or a frozen pot pie. And in so doing, consumers inadvertently support the indentured servitude of farmers, the poverty of small, rural communities, the incalculably cruel treatment of farm animals, and the environmental destruction that comes from industrial agriculture. In the book, Leonard not only details the rise of Tyson, but discusses why change is so difficult. We've allowed an oligarchy of corporations to control our food supply, and they have the power to defeat legislation like GIPSA, intended to protect farmers from their predatory practices; to infiltrate and control government agencies like the USDA and FDA; and to run the trade associations originally organized to protect and benefit farmers. This book is a must-read for anyone who eats, especially meat. Leonard writes in an easy-to-read, engaging manner, and doesn't spare any of the key players who have contributed to the demise of the family farm. It's maddening and sobering, but it's also a wake-up call. Consumers still have the power to change things by refusing to participate in the ugly system that's grown up over the past 40 years. It's time for all of us to vote with our forks.   





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

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • 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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Americans get, on average, about 350 calories a day (equivalent to about 22 teaspoons of sugar and 25 percent of their daily calories) from added sugar in the diet.  Get full story at this link,  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/19/cancer-preventable-disease.aspx?e_cid=20140219Z1_PRNL_art_1&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140219Z1&et_cid=DM39724&et_rid=432093963  .  AND BE SURE TO READ, FAT CHANCE, by Dr. Lustig.  

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Here’s  Geoff again,       

 http://www.geofflawton.com/fe/63007-gabions 

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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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Why Coconut Oil is the World’s Most Weight Loss-Friendly Fat

http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/why-coconut-oil-is-the-worlds-most-weight-loss-friendly-fat?utm_source=san&utm_medium=newsflash&utm_content=a&utm_campaign=-02_28_14      



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 4/6/2014 10:55pm 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 3/16/2014 9:04pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Had another snow last night.  We got half of our pastures harrowed.  Sure looks nice to have the winter's manure spread evenly.  Now to sow some clover seed, hopefully this week.  Looks like this will also be the week to plant oats, spring wheat and field peas.
  • Debra has planted a lot of our vegetable seeds.  Hope to get the straw bale gardens set up this week.   I will use the straw bales we had around the perimeter of our green house for insulation this past few months.
  • After reading the review for the book, The Meat Racket, in today's paper you will want to email Virginia to reserve your chickens for the year, raetdy@aol.com
  • I have just about finished building a Top Bar beehive.  Now to get some bees.
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Goofy stories behind famous foods

  http://www.naturalnews.com/043848_famous_foods_goofy_stories_BuzzFeed.html    

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We are witnessing a strange, though remarkably predictable public discourse, where State lawmakers claim that those "truly serious about supporting local farmers" must abolish Counties' rights "forever," and transnational corporations call themselves "farmers."   It is happening currently in the Missouri legislature.   http://www.nationofchange.org/difference-between-farmer-and-global-chemical-corporation-1392390018  

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 Remember, if you purchase Horizon from Dean Foods you are voting for the continuance of this.  Use your dollars wisely and know who you are voting for.  http://www.nationofchange.org/too-big-fail-organic-horizon-factory-farm-accused-skirting-laws-1392388171    

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I recently finished listening to Dr. Huber’s presentation at the recent ACRE’s conference.   The GMO issue is getting more critical as more research is coming to light.  Most is not being published, as several researchers have lost their jobs and/or labs.  His lecture is mostly about the biological effects on the soil and its effect on the plants nutrient levels.  Hopefully, his information gets to someone that can get this reversed.  After listening to this, you will have extreme difficulty believing the “Farm Bureau” and their group.  I would encourage all to visit the Acres web site and check out their extensive CD’s on Ag and health related topics. http://www.acresusa.com  

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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 3/2/2014 9:39pm 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 2/23/2014 8:50pm by Art Ozias.

               BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • We stopped at Nature's Pantry yesterday and the place was packed.  We usually go to the city during the week and were amazed at the number of shoppers.  Here are some prices.  Organic Valley has a "new" product, non-homogenized, grass fed milk.  It is $6.49 for a half gallon.  It's pasteurized and is not A2.  Ours is a bargain, just wish we had more.  I know it's been tough for several of you, as we have had a limited supply due to weather and udder injuries.  Ground beef was on sale, 50 cents off at $9.29/lb.  I saw someone by three packages.  An arm roast was $10.79/lb.  Total cost over $30.  A whole chicken was $5.19/lb.   Those wanting fryers for this year need to email Virginia at www.raetdy@aol.com and reserve your chicken.  
  • We will be starting our straw bale gardening project soon.  It takes two weeks to get the bales cooking.  Hopefully, this next weeks cold snap will be the last, and we can get serious about spring.  Debra has several trays of plants up and growing.  Our green house is still producing all the spinach and lettuces we can eat.
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This had only 30,000 views when I saw this today!  We need to have 3 million see it.  Share this with someone who has children in a public school and eats the schools lunch.  If you're a grandparent, send it to their parents.  This update goes to 600 +, so everyone needs to add it to their facebook page. Let's shine some light on this problem.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViZQkCYfufk&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs    

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Butter consumption is up, as margarine health hoax finally collapses.   Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/043735_butter_consumption_margarine_health_hoax.html#ixzz2sDWIScbA    

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  The use of the herbicide glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling product, Roundup) on genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybeans has absolutely decimated milkweed plants in North America.   Jerry Brunetti mentioned this in his presentation at the recent ACREs convention.  http://www.nationofchange.org/new-report-shows-monsanto-major-culprit-record-decline-monarch-butterflies-1391179118  .

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     Consumer Reports tested more than 300 chicken breasts purchased at stores across the country, and found nearly all of them to be contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria.   http://www.nationofchange.org/analysis-shows-nearly-all-chicken-97-tainted-harmful-bacteria-1390924958 .

 

 

 

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 2/16/2014 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 2/9/2014 9:37pm 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 2/2/2014 9:07pm by Art Ozias.

                      BREEZY HILL WEEKLY UPDATE

  • This has been a winter of extremes.  Except regarding moisture.  We have cracks in the ground as wide as in August.
  • Milk is still in short supply.  We are down to two cows and one of them has two quarters I can't milk due to cuts on the teats.  We are evaluating whether or how much milking we will do this next winter.  We may go to a protocol of calling from our list when we have available milk and not have a set schedule.  I found out this past week there is more A2 testing of dairy bulls than I knew.  Looks like I am going to get out of the bull business.  
  • Still have two yogurt makers for sale.
  • I have started a new ground beef list.  If interested send me an email.
  • We ordered our garden seeds last night.  It is February and it's time to start some of the seeds.  
  • I have started another "dirt" hog list.
  • It's time to get on Virginia's list for chickens.  Her email address is raetdy@aol.com. It won't be long before they start again. 
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Sugar Addiction Is Real  (READ DR LUSTIG’S BOOK, FAT CHANCE)

 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/15/sugary-beverage-obesity.aspx?e_cid=20140115Z1_PRNL_art_2&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20140115Z1&et_cid=DM37815&et_rid=398932082 

 

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Merck Continues Promoting Zilmax, Despite Cattle Losing Their Hooves

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/15/zilmax-beta-agonist-drug.aspx?e_cid=20140115Z1_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140115Z1&et_cid=DM37694&et_rid=399584654 .   

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There’s almost always a greed element in government dealings.  Read for yourself.  http://www.nationofchange.org/now-moment-save-our-postal-commons-1390146657    


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 1/26/2014 9:35pm 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