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Posted 10/3/2010 9:11pm by Art Ozias.
  • I just checked the ACRES web site and they have posted Shannon Hayes interview.  It's pretty good.
  • Chicken day went very well.  We did 70+ and with some extra volunteers it was FUN.
  • Will be doing some more in two weeks, then it will be a couple more weeks for the last bunch.  If you are on my list you will probably be OK.
  • Turkeys are going to be done on two consecutive Saturdays before Thanksgiving.  If you have a preference let me know. 
  • I have three more  "Dirt" hogs.  I will be emailing those on my list.  Have had a bunch of favorable comments on the hogs and Gilbert's processing.
  • I will be doing the numbers on bread next Sunday.  If you are not baking your own bread, you are not paying attention to the label on the bread you are buying and perhaps you don't know what the millers do to the wheat berry before it even gets to the baker.
  • Fall is a busy time.  Harvesting crops, cleaning up, planting fall crops and getting wood and such things ready for Winter.
  • Honey is in.  Some have brought jars and I got them filled Saturday.  If you want honey let me know.  Bob's jars are $4.50 and the Bears are $3.50.  I think that is what he told me Saturday.
  • September's beef harvest is being delivered tomorrow and Tuesday.  I will be making two trips this time, as I need to get some alfalfa seed and some rye.  We like rye flour in our bread, so I am going to plant an acre of rye.
  • Our white corn will be picked, hopefully this week.  My sister said it is hard to find lye.  I guess I will start looking, or I will need some wood ashes to get the hulls of the kernels for hominy.


Ever wonder why people who dring diet soda are overweight?  Here’s why.


Why You Need to be Wary of Organic Supermarket Eggs

Eggs from organic chickens will typically be raised in much more sanitary, humane conditions than commercial eggs … but have you ever thought about what happens to these eggs AFTER they are collected? 

There are actually vast differences in how eggs are processed and handled, even under the "certified organic" label, and the cleaning process the eggs go through can seriously compromise their quality.

It is standard industry practice to wash chicken eggs, often using a chlorine bath. Depending on the method of washing, the egg’s outer protective cuticle can be easily damaged. This leaves your eggs vulnerable to contamination and faster spoilage.

The egg industry knows this, so to replace the cuticle that Mother Nature put there for good reason, they must coat the egg with something -- often mineral oil. It's akin to adding preservatives to processed foods.

Not all eggs undergo oiling, but many larger producers do, particularly if they are preparing their eggs for long-distance shipment and storage.

Like your skin, what's put ON your egg goes INTO your egg. Meaning, whatever the eggshell comes into contact with can cross over its semi-permeable shell membrane and end up in your breakfast eggs, from chlorine to mineral oil to dish soap -- to salmonella.

I think it is unlikely that an organic farmer would choose to use mineral oil or other harmful substances when cleaning and processing eggs, but the regulations are so variable from state to state, and the national guidelines so nebulous, that there is lots of wiggle room.

So the truth is that unless you know where your eggs came from, you can’t be sure what process your eggs have gone through.

If You Want to Know if Your Eggs are Safe, Ask the Farmer!


Ben & Jerry's gets all their milk from dairies that have pledged not to inject their cows with the Monsanto-developed genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Why, then, can't Haagen Dazs, Breyers and Baskin-Robbins do the same?

The three ice cream brands continue to use milk from cows injected with rBGH, a hormone that's been banned in Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and all 27 nations of the European Union. Meanwhile, Haagen Dazs and Breyers have the audacity to call their ice cream "All Natural."

John Robbins, writing in the Huffington Post, notes that:

“... [I]njecting the genetically engineered hormone into cows increases the levels of a substance called IGF-1 in their milk. Monsanto's own studies found that the amount of IGF-1 in milk more than doubled when cows were injected with rBGH. Studies by independent researchers show gains as much as six-fold ...

[T]he excessive levels of IGF-1 found in the milk of cows injected with rBGH may pose serious risks of breast, colon and prostate cancer.”

Pre-menopausal women with even moderately elevated blood levels of IGF-1 are up to seven times more likely to develop breast cancer.

Read the entire report at

This Sunday's KC Star had a front page article about, guess what?, finally addressing preventative measures to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

This didn't get the normal proofing by Debra.  She and Olly are in Florida at Disney Land, so excuse any grammatical errors.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 9/26/2010 8:53pm by Art Ozias.
  • I got the results for testing for A2.  All cows are A2.  I have one more to test, Goldie. 
  • All checks are in for the latest round of "Dirt" hogs.  Thanks, it sure makes it nice when all respond timely in a timely manner.
  • The two steers for Oct are sold.  I have started filling orders for Nov.  Also, in Nov. there will be the ground beef.  It is $4/# with a minimum order of 15 pounds.  Pick up will be at the farm.
  • Some prices for you.  Nature's Pantry;  ground beef, $7.19/#, arm roast $7.49/#, top sirloin, $13.49, whole chicken (3#) $5.20/#.   They offer freezer beef for $5.99/# (hanging weight).   Our beef through this year, Dec 31, will remain $3.10/#.  We will still continue to pay half the normal processing and deliver, but must increase our price to $3.25/# starting with next year's harvest.
  • Turkeys are sold.  Thanks
  • There is more pork available.  I have several orders for pork that will be filled soon.  I will email those customers.  The last ones I bought were great looking Hampshires.  I saw the ones at the local county fair and they were bred to be raised in confinement.  These "dirt" hogs are still structurally sound.
  • We have 14 guineas for sale.  They are great "debuggers".
  • I have posted to our web site the best roasted chicken recipe ever.  Check it out.  We had it today for dinner.  The chicken was one of our Poulet Rouge.    If anyone wants a trio, rooster and two hens, next year let me know.  We plan to hatch more next year.
  • I just finished the latest issue of ACRES,USA.  It has an excellent interview with Shannon Hayes.  She will be the keynote speaker at the annual convention being held this year Dec 9-11 in Indianapolis.  Check our their web site for details, .   While there, check out the AUDIO TAPES,  Jerry Brunetti, Ten Things to Prevent and Cure Cancer.  It will be the best $10 you ever spend.  ACRES is one of the voices that has been keeping alive sustainable agriculture and promoting good health through good food.  Every library should subscribe, and anyone interested in improving our agriculture and health in this country should also be a subscriber.  One year's reading would be the equivalent of two years of college.  There are some articles I don't  fully understand, but I keep reading and learning.


Here is some additional egg news from Grist.


This is from the OCA web site. “ Fast-food restaurants charge low prices for "value meals" of hamburgers and french fries because the government provides billions of dollars in subsidies for the genetically engineered corn and soybeans used for animal feed and vegetable oil, says Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"We have made it more expensive to eat healthy in a very big way," says Dr. Popkin, who has a doctorate in agricultural economics and is the author of a book called The World Is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race.

The inflation-adjusted price of a McDonald's quarter-pounder with cheese, for example, fell 5.44 percent from 1990 to 2007, according to an article on the economics of child obesity published in the journal Health Affairs. But the inflation-adjusted price of fruit and vegetables, which are not subject to federal largess, rose 17 percent just from 1997 to 2003, the study said. Cutting agricultural subsidies would have a big impact on people's eating habits, says Dr. Popkin.”


This stuff was repackaged and is still out there, I guess.

Study finds alarming rise in early puberty

 fROM Dr. Douglass

What are little girls made of? Forget sugar and spice and anything nice -- because today's gals are packed with more hormones than a dairy farm.


And now, our kids are paying the price -- because a new study finds girls hitting puberty earlier than ever. Researchers say the number of girls sprouting breasts and pubic hair by the ages of 7 or 8 years old has DOUBLED in recent years.


Is it really any wonder? There are hormones in milk. Hormones in soy. Hormones in plastic toys. Hormones in food packaging. There are even hormones in your shower curtain.


I'm surprised they don't reach puberty while they're still in the womb!


Researchers looked at 1,239 girls between 6 and 8 years old from three locations across the nation: the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente Northern California/University of California, San Francisco.


They found that by the age of 7, 10.4 percent of white girls, 23.4 percent of black girls and 14.9 percent of Hispanic girls had breasts big enough to be considered the start of puberty.


By the age of 8, those numbers shot up to 18.3 percent of whites, 42.9 percent of blacks and 30.9 percent of Hispanics, according to the study in Pediatrics.


The researchers are collecting blood samples to find out what's making these girls bud so early, and as I told you earlier this year, urine samples in a related study revealed high levels of our three most common hormone-like substances: phenols, phthalates and phytoestrogens. (Read more here.)


There's your answer. Phenols include the bisphenol A used in plastics, phthalates are used in plastics and cosmetics, and most of our phytoestrogen comes from soy.


The researchers didn't look at boys -- but if they did, they would have found alarming numbers of them growing breasts, too, because they're being exposed to those same hormones. (Get more details here.)


If this keeps up, soon men -- real men -- will be an endangered species.


Are you a druggie?

that's if from the hill.  Art and Debra 



What can I do?  I have heard that so many times.  I have responded with various things that would help to change the food system, but here is the all-time complete list of what YOU must do to effect change.  You may not be able to do all of them, but most can do many of them.  Let’s get started and if you think you are already started there is sure to be some more WE can do.    

Posted 9/20/2010 9:58pm by Art Ozias.


William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

Unnatural debate over natural chicken

If you thought "natural chicken" meant a natural chicken, you don't have what it takes to work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Supermarket birds can be plumped up with broth, sodium, water and other solutions, and then shoved into packages that say "all-natural chicken." These additives can make up 15 percent of your "natural" chicken.

It's the most clucked-up nonsense I've ever heard!

It's the kind of bizarre logic that can only be used in Washington, because anyone with even a bird-sized brain knows that broth and sodium solutions are no more a "natural" part of a chicken than a McNugget.

The USDA is finally considering changing the rules so that a natural chicken is just that: chicken and nothing but.

Believe it or not, Perdue is actually backing this change. Apparently, it takes a tough man to make a tender chicken -- and an honest company to make a natural one... even if the move is probably just to distinguish their natural birds over those sold by broth-injecting competitors.

So, a nod to them -- but it doesn't change my position on poultry: For maximum quality, taste and health, make sure the birds in your pot are free-range chickens from small farms... and you won't even have to worry about this ridiculous debate.


Here is the low down on the owner of Wright County Egg  “farm”.


Remember, milk is a food.  Just because it is a liquid it is not a beverage, like a Pepsi..


Here is more on MRSA.  Learn what fresh garlic can do.  I need to dig my garlic for this year.  It’s time.


Want to know what all Kraft Foods controls?  Check it out.


At the recent meeting in Colorado where fellow cattle producers met with the Secretary of US Ag and the US Attorneys  General each attendee could speak for two minutes.  Here is one of those.  I think you’ll find this one very good. 


Stirring Words from a South Dakota Rancher

Around 2,000 family farmers, ranchers, and others from all over the country gathered last Friday on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, to have their say regarding unfair competition and consolidation in the livestock industry. (See my post here for more information.) I have never seen so many fired up ranchers—or cowboy hats—in one room!


Farm Aid was in Fort Collins in support of struggling cow/calf and sheep ranchers, cattle feeders, hog farmers, dairy farmers, contract poultry producers, and industry laborers. Most importantly, we took part to help bring attention to the need for swift implementation and enforcement of the USDA's proposed GIPSA (Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration) livestock rule, which would be a crucial first step in restoring genuine fairness and competition to a livestock industry that is all but monopolized by just a few dominant, multi-national processors, packers, and retailers.


At the workshop I sat next to and visited with Vaughn Meyer (on the right, in this photo), a kind, soft-spoken rancher from Reva, South Dakota, who raises purebred Angus and chairs the South Dakota Stockgrowers Marketing Committee. Vaughn's pro-GIPSA public comment, offered during the lunchtime break between panel discussions, was a beautifully articulated example of why antitrust enforcement is so crucial. You can read it in full below.


Vaughn's stirring words were one of many dozens of two-minute, pro-GIPSA public comments offered during the workshop itself and at the Thursday night town meeting. In the days to come, we'll post more commentary, photos, and short videos from the events in Fort Collins. For now, please send the USDA and the Department of Justice your own public comment (to in support of the GIPSA rule. Together we can begin to break through the silence descending over the countryside and start to restore family agriculture, vitality, and well being across rural America.

Secretary Vilsack, USDA APHIS personnel and fellow agriculture enthusiasts, I am Vaughn Meyer, a rancher from Reva, SD and Chairman of the SD Stockgrowers Marketing Committee. On behalf of South Dakota's largest cattle producer organization, I would like to thank everyone here today for the great input into this controversial issue. Through today's democratic discussion we are initiating the initial steps required for rebuilding our industry.


An overwhelming amount of facts and figures have been presented here today. However, I would like to [refer] briefly to that which will not be said here today. That which is as bone chilling and sobering as an Arctic Northerly in mid-December. The silence here today that is representative of the 370,000 producers who through the past 16 years have lost their hopes and dreams in production Agriculture. The silence of over half a million family members whose last view of their livelihood was in their rear view mirrors. A silence that is relative to the loss of 215,000 rural main street businesses throughout the past decade.


I witness this silence, only broken by the wind, as I pass daily through my home town of Sorum, SD, now zip code zero. Recently that silence has echoed again through the closure of two nearby family feedlots. An eerie silence broken only by the wind blowing through empty pipe corrals. Again this silence is present as one turns into the abandoned parking lot of Black Hills Packing Co. in Rapid City, SD. A parking lot that once accommodated autos of nearly 200 employees.


My point here today is this issue is not about organizations against organizations or producers versus feeders versus packers and retailers. We are here today to strengthen previous rules in order to rebuild America's largest industry, Family Agriculture. A rebuilding which once again will instill voices, laughter and prosperity in our rural towns. A prosperity that will transcend to our cities and the steps of our nation's capitol. A prosperity which will rebuild the agriculture foundation of this great country. An agricultural foundation which is prerequisite for the national security and industrial superiority of the United States of America.


Mr. Secretary Vilsack and Mr. J.W. Butler on behalf of my Grandfather and late Father, I thank you for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to be present today and witness this rebirth of family agriculture. On behalf of the South Dakota Stockgrowers, thank you and we proudly support your endeavors. 


More Soy news and it’s not good.  Surprise,  Surprise.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra 





Posted 9/19/2010 10:17pm by Art Ozias.
  • We have two steers that when finished will exceed the 30 month limit, therefore we are taking orders for ground beef.  It will be $4/lb.  It is $5.19 at Nature's Pantry.  There is a 15 pound minimum.  We will harvest them in November, but it is first come, first served.  Pick up will be at the farm.
  • We have two yogurt makers for sale, $24.
  • We have a 12-bottle wine cooler for sale, $100.
  • We are still taking orders for beef for this year.  If you have received an invoice and have not returned the deposit, your beef is NOT reserved.  I must have the deposit to comply with federal law. 
  • We still have ten turkeys not spoken for.  They will be ready in time for Thanksgiving. 

    Honey will be available soon.  I think Bob said it will cost the same as last year.  If you want a large amount, say a gallon, we need your jar. 


Tips for Handling Telemarketers


 Three Little Words That Work!!


 (1)The three little words are: 'Hold On, Please...'

 Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.


 Then when you eventually hear the phone company's 'beep-beep-beep' tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.


 These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting..


 (2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?

 This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone.


 This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a 'real' sales person to call back and get someone at home.


 What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialed the call, and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer!!!


 (3) Junk Mail Help:

When you get 'ads' enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these 'ads' with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.

 When you get those 'pre-approved' letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.


 Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular 44 cents postage, 'IF' and when they receive them back.


 It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.


 One of Andy Rooney 's (60 minutes) ideas.


Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back!

 If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them.


 You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 44 cents.


 The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it...Twice!


 Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why they need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea!


 If enough people follow these tips, it will work. 


I periodically check the ACRES, USA web site.  I have subscribed for many years and I read it cover to cover.  So, I know I read this interview in 2006.   I just randomly selected this interview and  while I am sure I had some thoughts in ’06,  after watching what has happened in the last 4 years, I  think it is worth  your time to read this and reflect on what it is this nation has become.  I am not going to give you the direct link.  You can find it by first going to  .  On the home page go to TOOLBOX, then ARTICLE REPRINT LIBRARY,  then ECO – ISSUES, then The Consequences of Empire:  How “Blowback” and Militarism are Destroying Our Economy

by Chalmers Johnson.


Here is a good video interview with David Kirby.  His book Factory Farms is a well documented.

 Heard about the new fish?  If approved, you still won’t know because they never have to label such food to indicate how it was manufactured.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra 

Posted 9/12/2010 10:01pm by Art Ozias.
  • Last call for hogs.  If I haven't heard from you by 6 pm Monday, you will have to wait for the next hog availability.  As most of you know from reading my updates finding "dirt" hogs is iffy and time consuming.  When I find them, since I have a list of people wanting pork, I commit on the spot.  LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT PORK. 
  • Milk is again at a low point.  The one thing I've learned about milking cows is everyday is different.  Some nights all quarters are full, tight as a drum.  The next time three may be full and one half full.  The next night maybe one quarter is half full, but it will be a different quarter.  I guess if one was miking ten cows it would average out, but with one or two it can be a roller coaster.
  • Corn is drying, so get ready for hominy and grits.  If you don't want it, then we and the chickens will have our own feast.
  • Still have wheat for sale.  We had pancakes this morning made with our wheat.  They sure do taste great.  And no bromine and the germ is there.
  • Next chicken day in about two-three weeks.  We have 90 some this time, but will probably do them in two batches.  Doing 90 at one time can be a strain on the back. 
  • We have listed a good upright freezer and a 12 bottle wine cooler on Craigs list.  If interested email me.
  • We also have ten small guineas for sale.  They make great "debuggers".
  • We have some 2-3 year old hens for sale.  We are making room for our new pullets.   Out with the old and in with the new.

    We are starting a list for Thanksgiving turkey.  They will be the same as last year, $3/#.  We only have 25, so it is first come, first served.

    The following is from Dr Douglas.

Dr. Douglas on Pfizer.  Very interesting.


Feds say drug company kept side effects secret.


Pfizer is the world's biggest and richest pharmaceutical company -- and it also makes more baloney than Oscar Meyer and Boar's Head combined.


This time, the company is in hot water for not reporting serious side effects associated with some of the world's best-selling drugs, including Viagra and Lipitor.


The feds are steaming mad, and I mean red-hot angry. They are so ticked off that they wrote a very stern letter -- and it only took them about a year to do it. That may sound like a long time, but this is the FDA we're talking about. For them, that's positively supersonic.


The 12-page letter exposes a company that yet again has no interest in playing by the rules, or even paying attention to what those rules actually are. In this case, there's a rule that says drug companies have 15 days to report serious side effects to the FDA.


But during an inspection at Pfizer's New York offices last summer, the feds found documentation on unreported side effects -- including vision problems linked to Viagra.


Pfizer wouldn't even play along when they were given permission to bend the rules. The feds allowed them up to 60 days to report side effects related to Bextra, the dangerous painkiller that was ultimately pulled from the market -- and the company STILL missed its deadlines!


Pfizer blamed computers and poor training on its new system.

More from Dr. Douglas.  STD linked to skin cancer. 


Well, well, well -- it looks like the mainstream has accidentally stumbled upon the truth that skin cancer might be caused by something other than the sun.


Researchers have found that some strains of HPV, a common sexually acquired virus, can dramatically increase your skin cancer risk. And since last time I checked, the sun wasn't playing hanky-panky with anyone.


According to the illuminating study in BMJ, having two or three of the 100+ strains of HPV can boost your skin cancer odds by 44 percent. Having between four and eight will increase the odds by 51 percent, and more than that will see the risk shoot up 71 percent.


But while it's nice to see the mainstream perform something other than the chicken dance when it comes to skin cancer, don't celebrate this change of heart just yet... because this "discovery" could be used for something far worse than driving sunscreen sales.


That's the mass injection of America's children with one of the world's most dangerous vaccines -- the so-called HPV vaccine being pushed on little girls in a make-believe effort to lower their cervical cancer risk.


I've warned you about these before, and one of them -- Gardasil -- has been linked to extreme side effects such as paralysis, nerve damage, Lou Gehrig's disease and even some deaths... and it only offers limited HPV protection to boot. (Read more here.)


They're actually trying to make this vaccine a school requirement for girls -- and in some places they've succeeded. And now that HPV has been linked to skin cancer, they can push it on boys too.


How convenient.


Don't fall for these tricks -- if you're worried about skin cancer for yourself or your kids, stop. Remember, most skin cancers are treated quickly and easily in simple outpatient procedures.


You've probably had a harder time removing hangnails.


And for the most part, sun isn't causing cancer -- but sunscreens are. That's what happens when you slather a known carcinogen all over the largest and most sensitive organ on your body: your skin.


So sit back and enjoy the weather -- it's summer. You should be outside.

Do you know anyone who has or is receiving chemotherapy?


Better check your next fish purchase.  Watch this video.  Thanks Sarah.



Anyone interested in the A2 vs. A1 milk will find a lot of information at this link.


Freedom to choose your foods?  Do we live in a free country?  I spent 20 years in the military supposedly protecting our right to be free.  Looks like I’m still engaged in the “fight” to protect our freedoms.


More on Milk.


This was produced from Oct '09 to Jan '10 and we are just now finding out?  How many went to the hospital? 


Let’s see if we can make a difference. 


The following is more by Dr. Douglas


Patently outrageous!


Big Pharma is in a big rush to get statins and other meds approved for children, but it's not to save kids from disease, make them healthier or even open up a potentially lucrative new market.


Nope -- the real answer is that they can earn BILLIONS of dollars from the move, even if the med is never actually used by a single child.


There's a little-known clause in the FDA Modernization Act of 1997 that actually encourages the drug companies to engage in sick experiments on little kids -- because those that do can earn an extra six months of patent protection for their meds.


Other countries have similar laws, so when European regulators recently approved the chewable form of the statin Lipitor for children, it extended Pfizer's patent on the med by six months. Same thing happened here when some twisted mind at the FDA approved regular Lipitor for kids back in 2002.


And when it comes to patents, time is money. An extra six months of protection for Lipitor will earn Pfizer billions of dollars -- as much as a billion a month.


But there's something you can do about it -- the Alliance for Natural Health has a letter you can send to your elected officials in Washington demanding an end to this twisted incentive.


To be completely honest, I don't have much faith that a letter-writing campaign can defeat Big Pharma's check-writing power. But if enough people raise a stink -- and believe me, this one smells like a landfill in summer -- maybe just this once we can force the politicians to take notice... and take real action.


Not kidding around,


William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.


Take a break from it all and step back in time.  I think you’ll enjoy the trip.


If you still think High Fructose Corn Syrup is OK,  then read the information in this link.  BYE, BYE soda and a whole lot of other foods with  HFCS..

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 9/6/2010 9:47am by Art Ozias.
  • I just got a phone call from one of my "dirt" hog sources.  He has some that are ready.  I have six people that have indicated they want some pork.  I will be sending a separate e-mail to them.  If you want/wanted pork and don't get a separate e-mail then let me know soon.

I hope everyone is starting to realize the importance of Vit D.


There is a good recap on statins in this link.  


A lone voice in the wilderness has finally been found.  Hopefully, this will as they say “gain traction” and his suggestions will be implemented.


Here’s the New York Times with an article on the Vit D deficiency.  We’ve been following this on many of our “health” web sites.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra 

Posted 9/5/2010 10:34pm by Art Ozias.
  • The state is broke and so is the county.  I have had a great fall harvesting elderberries since the state and county can't mow the right-aways.  There were alot of berries.  There are still alot of them.  I only harvested in the local area.  They are great insurance against colds this winter.  Who needs a flu shot?  Just some elderberries and the sun.  A small jar of elderberry concentrate at Tony's market (produced in Kansas) sells for $16.  We must have a thousand dollars worth of juice.
  • The lard is sold.  Will have to wait until we have some "dirt" hogs to process to get more.
  • We have plently of hard, white winter wheat.  I will be sowing wheat and RYE for next  year soon.
  • The white corn is looking great.  Makes plans to get some for grits and hominy.  With the cooler weather some grits with some farm eggs and a slice of "dirt" hog bacon would make a great breakfast.  If you want the ultimate, add biscuits made with white whole wheat and lard and cover it with homemade butter from an A2 cow and some local honey.  That would cost $15 if you could find it.  You can't, so make your own.
  • This information about A2 is somewhat complex, but it is something we need to learn more about.

A2 Milk?

April 6th, 2009 by Kristen


There is so much information about milk! Raw, pasteurized, homogenized, un-homogenized, and now….. A2.
I recently read an article about a certain type of milk that is easier to digest:

A2 Milk

During a visit to Japan, Donna was drinking some milk and was amazed at how exceptionally good it was. It wasn’t like the milk she was used to. When she discovered it was in fact not the same milk she had been accustomed to and is known as A2 milk she began to research to learn more. She found out that a woman’s breast milk is A2; that goats, sheep and other mammals produce this – but not all cows. She found out the countries known to produce it were Japan, India, France, Australia, and New Zealand. Learning and seeing this phenomenon of what A2 milk was over and over again, Donna began to seek out people who had cows that were producing A2 milk and nobody had a clue of what she was talking about.

In May of 2006, she went to Australia and in a grocery store something caught her eye. There it was in the dairy section, cartons of milk with A2 on the labels. She took some back to her hotel room and tasted it. It had the same light, fluffy, delicate texture like the milk she had in Japan. She decided to make kefir with it and was amazed at the beautiful kefir it made.

Approximately 30% of the protein component in cow’s milk is beta-casein. Evidence does indicate that originally all cows produced milk containing only the beta-casein known today as A2. At some point in history, due to a genetic mutation a variant of this protein appeared giving rise to A1 milk.

The difference between ß-caseins A1 and A2 is a single amino acid. A2 has the amino acid Proline at position 67 in the strand of 209 amino acids linked together that form the protein, whereas A1 has the amino acid Histidine at position 67. A protein must be broken down into fragments in order for the body to process and digest it. These fragments otherwise known as peptides, and sometimes residues, are merely smaller chains of amino acids. During digestion of the A1 milk, a bioactive peptide, beta casomorphine 7 (BCM-7) is created.

Beta caseins are important in the assimilation of essential nutrients such as iron, calcium, zinc and copper. As they are digested they yield a multitude of bioactive protein fragments. Any variation in fragment structure changes how the body can digest it. The beta casein in human breast milk by virtue of the Proline amino acid at position 67 can be classified as A2, thus the formation of BCM-7 when A1 is digested is actually treated as foreign substance in the body triggering unfavorable reactions.

A wide range of studies suggest that milk that does yield BCM-7 (A2) is associated with reduced risk of heart disease, reduced risk of type 1 diabetes, no antagonistic effects on certain neurological conditions, and improved immune response which is critical for newborn infants.

The BCM-7 protein fragment resulting from A1 beta casein digestion is known to have strong opioid (sedative, causing lethargy) properties. Numerous international studies have shown other effects of BCM-7 including the oxidation of LDL cholesterol leading to heart disease, the aggravation of neurological disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, and the disruption of the regulation of insulin formation leading to type 1 diabetes. Research has implicated BCM-7 to be transported across the blood-brain barrier; reaching the central nervous system in babies resulting in the apnea associated with sudden infant death syndrome.

Milk as originally produced by all cows was a very nutritious, health sustaining food for humans including children. Somewhere along the way, something changed and the milk that protected us from diseases and numerous other maladies now causes them. I have my suspicions of why this has happened. I can think of no other species of animal that has been so tampered with through single-trait selection as to create an animal that is more freak than natural in nature.

Eighty percent of the children who are autistic have blood type A. People with blood type A are known to be low in stomach acid which is needed to effectively start the digestion process. Those with type A blood typically do not to digest protein very well therefore they tend to be protein malnourished.

Japan has more than 60 years worth of research on blood types. Most Japanese, about 79% are blood type A. So there is this population of people, who by our knowledge should have problems digesting protein (milk), but they don’t and then there are these children who are not digesting their milk at all. Is this A2 milk a factor? There just isn’t enough information about A2 milk in this country.

There is a genetic test to determine if a cow will produce A2 milk. Bulls can be tested as well to see if they carry the A2 gene. Knowing that milk affects people differently we need to find out the full story behind A1 and A2 milk and put it to the test. People in this country drink cows’ milk without even realizing that two different forms exist. We have hundreds of thousands of children moving away from milk because their parents and doctors think it’s bad for them.

Donna Gates would like to see her children have access to this milk – after their inner ecosystem is established (they all have severe gut disbiosis). “Once we get that healed”, she says “I believe that the many people who think they can’t tolerate milk would be able to drink this milk.” She is very interested in finding producers who are willing to test their cattle, start deliberately producing A2 milk and work with her so that she can incorporate this food into her patients’ diets.

Most Holsteins are A1.  What are most of the dairy cows in the US?  Holsteins. 

We have two cows that are A2/A2.  One was A1/A2.  We sold her.   The test results are not back on the rest.  We have our fingers crossed. 


Grassfed Beef Was Featured At Clinton Wedding



Friday, 23 July 2010

Entertainment Tonight said on July 22 that grassfed beef will serve as the main course at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding rehearsal dinner

I guess we made the big time with Bill.  I learned it was short ribs.  Debra made that for dinner recently and they were outstanding.  You need a pressure cooker.

Is Monsanto the most evil corporation in the world? Jeffrey Smith authors a revealing article about the evils of this genetically modified corporation and its desire to dominate the world:


Here is more of  FDA’s failure to do its job of protecting the citizens of this country.

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Posted 8/29/2010 9:53pm by Art Ozias.
  • I found someone that raises "dirt" hogs.   We should have some by November.  I am still looking to hopefully find some to satisfy the existing orders.  Stay tuned.
  • The last beef delivery went very smoothly.  Thanks to all involved.
  • The recent egg recall has resulted in several people stopping by and asking for eggs.  We all know the current industrial food system is broken.  We have these periodical hiccups and they bandage it back, and on we go.  I read that the solution is to vaccinate the hens.  That was  in the local news since one of the maufacturers of the vaccine is located in KC area.  Well, the Iowa operation spent $570,000 last year for vaccines.  So there must be another solution?  We all know the solution, fewer hens in more space, preferrally outdoors.  Or the government is pushing pasteurization.  I saw that video and if you want your eggs to swim in a blue green liquid and be pre-cook, then look for the red dot(ink) on the top of your eggs.  I told that to someone and they did not know that eggs are permeable.  That is why a store bought egg has a chemical taste.  They all get a  chlorine bath before being packaged.  When the system breaks where do people go?  Well, there are fewer and fewer  sustainable farmers remaining.  In the past every farm had a flock of hens.  Now you have to drive for a long time to see a flock of hens.  Don't see any hogs anymore either, do you?

What a way to start the flu season. I can't wait to see the official spin on this one. Read this revealing story about the dangers of this year's flu vaccines right here:  Be sure to read the paragraph about Vit D. 


Where and when will this insanity stop?  Consumers need to find EVERYTHING local and start voting with their forks and dollars to get this stopped.

Know anyone taking the “purple” pill?  Read this and weep.  Big pharma is at it big time.


This may be of interest for those that normally seek alternative medical support.   


Please keep eating good food and keep yourself healthy.  It’s even dangerous to visit a hospital.  Read this and learn how many thousands die each year from infections they got from a hospital stay. 

  The Jones’ just returned from a vacation in Italy and were impressed that the food was so fresh and  good..  Here’s why. 

 Hi Art

I brought my beef home tonight, and pan broiled myself a huge (half a pkg)  burger.  It was so delicious!!



that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 8/24/2010 10:10pm by Art Ozias.
  • I just learned of this last night and I want to send it out so you will be informed regarding Milk Protein Concentrate.  I had heard about this a year ago from Glover Springer.  He and his family have had a dairy since 1958.  I just bought Goldie from him.  He is throwing in the towel in March, quitting.  I didn't fully understand the impact Milk Protein Concentrate was having on the small dairies.  Now after listening to the Himmelgarn show and going to the familyfarmdefenders web site, I will not buy anything made or sold by Kraft Foods.
  • Here is the information on Milk Protein Concentrates and an excellent interview with David Kirby           

The guest speaker at the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Melinda Himmelgarn, has her own talk show on KOPN in Columbia,  Mo.  For a sample of her program go to  Her program is Food Sleuth and click on 7-29-10 with guest David Kirby.  Her program is on daily at 5 pm on Thursdays.


I just listened to a pod cast on the show Food Sleuth and she had a guest, Joel Greeno.  The date is 6-3-10.  I learned about Milk Protein Concentrate, which is about half way through the interview.  Make sure you know about this. I will be reading the labels on products more closely.  Let’s make a difference.  The more we learn, the better informed we are about our food.  Shame on Kraft Foods.  I know how to cast my vote (dollars) when it comes to cheese.  I hope this doesn’t count regarding the food liability laws.


The familyfarmdefenders web site has much more on Milk Protein Concentrate.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 8/22/2010 10:10pm by Art Ozias.
  • I finally got the tractor repaired and have started clipping the pastures. 
  • Debra and I attended the annual Missouri Rural Crisis Center's meeting in Columbia, Mo.  It is their 25th anniversary.  They  had two excellent speakers,  Bill Bullard, CEO of R-Calf, USA and a dietician.  It's a shame  only the 80-100 people got to hear them.  As usual, there was no media in attendance.  I guess they were out covering the latest homicide.  Oh well, the struggle continues.
  • Our chicken day went well.  It will be about four weeks for the next one. 
  • Our guinea hen hatched out ten chicks.  Those plus the ones we hatched in the incubator makes thirty new guineas.



Take the time and read this one.  You will realize exactly WHY there is such extreme efforts being expended to curtail the sale of raw milk.  This effort can be expanded to other local foods.



Here is a great site for a lot of good information regarding grass finished meats.  Be sure to check out the one for chickens  “Chickens, Inside Out” on Jul 23, 2009.


I like to include some statin info periodically lest we forget how they are over prescribed.


Here is something you may want to help stop.  Did you know about this?



Most of you know this, but there is an important paragraph deep in this article concerning cancer.  Be sure to read it as you may know someone challenged with cancer.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra