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Posted 3/13/2010 10:40am by Art Ozias.
  • The next hog day will be this week.  Probably on Wednesday.  If you have indicated that you wanted some pork, please reconfirm with an e-mail just to make sure your request was not lost.  Anyone else just let me know.  They will be about $150-175 for the whole hog (divide by two if you want a half) and the processing is about $200 per hog ($100 for a half).
  • We still have some wheat and honey.
  • We have some lard from a previous hog day.
  • We have eggs.
  • The milk situation may be getting better next week.  I may be getting a loaner for six weeks until Lila calves.  Daisy is having an udder issue and I have turned her calf out with her.  Perhaps nature will solve the problem. 


. Health concerns used to block imports of U.S. meat
Russia has used two concerns about health - use of chlorine as a disinfectant in poultry processing plants and use of antibiotics in pork production – as reasons to ban some U.S. meat imports. Russia, a major trading partner, began blocking imports of U.S. poultry in January, citing concerns about chlorine treatment, which is a long-standing and common practice in the United States. European Union countries have also invoked chlorine treatment as a reason to block U.S. poultry imports in the past. Russia has also banned U.S. pork imports from all but a few production plants due to quality issues, primarily antibiotic residues in pork. Antibiotic resistance is another health concern that could be used by our trading partners as an excuse to block imports. Read more from Reuters, or read Representative Louise Slaughter's op-ed in The Columbia Missourian about antibiotic resistance and trade issues.


Interesting and educational on soils.


Just for fun.  I was in the 2%.  How did you do?

See how well you do compared to the national averages. 

Test your knowledge with 12 questions, then be ready to shudder when you see how others did.


Do you know someone with Alzheimer’s disease?  Perhaps this would have helped them 20 years ago.  This is a disease of our civilization.  


 We still have two yogurt makers for sale, $20.

Be careful with store yogurts.  Eat kraut and a  grassfed hot dog, or make your own yogurt.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra 

Posted 2/27/2010 11:56pm by Art Ozias.

The following was sent to me by RP, a local lawyer in Warrensburg.  Thanks RP.

Thank YOU for alerting everyone. I lived in Iowa for 15 years and saw what was happening to family farms, to country folks living near the hog confinement factories, to the workers at IBP, to the animals themselves.

If passed, the constitution would prevent people near or downwind from hog confinement facilities from getting laws passed to clean the air and the stink. Thus far, scientific support is tentative for the claim that these air pollutants are the cause of the headaches and other illnesses plaguing folks living near these things. Until such evidence is "established," the Missouri Constitution will prohibit our representatives from making laws to protect us. This will be a triple-whammy for family farms - struggling against these behemoth agricorporations, losing the fresh air and environmental quality that's part of family farm heritage, and watching the value of one's land plummet in the cloud of pollution.

People need to understand that a constitutional amendment is pretty tough to change once passed. It puts handcuffs on our elected lawmakers, constraining them. That's sometimes a good thing (life, liberty, etc). But it's an extreme measure where ordinary legislation should be the venue of choice.

Myself, I don't want corporate greed enshrined in my state's constitution.

This is in reponse to my recent request for assistance in stopping HJR 86.  If you need to refresh, check the last update.  RP also provided the following link

News Update.   Check out the pasture requirements for organic dairies.   


Factory Farms in the Ocean?


Here is a good video for Vit B12 and Vit D3 and many other health items..


The Weston A. Price Foundation has issued the following press release about the "Health Starts Here" low-fat, mostly vegetarian marketing program at Whole Foods Markets.

Remember to call on Monday.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 2/26/2010 10:08pm by Art Ozias.
  • Many people ask, "What can I do?.  Well, here's an opportunity to help maintain what little control we have on the expansion of CAFO's.


HJR 86, the Bad CAFO Bill, to be on House Floor Monday.
If You Have Not Called, Please Call TODAY!
If You Have Called, Please Forward This Email To As Many People As Possible & Please Ask Them To Call.
Please Call This Weekend or As Early Monday As Possible.
*HJR 86 would de-regulate much of corporate agribusiness in Missouri at the expense of Missouri's Family Farms, Rural Communities and Local Democracy. 
*Please See Action Alert Below.


Please Forward!!!
Constitutional Amendment Could Take Away Local Control & State CAFO Standards
Call House Members & Tell Them to Vote NO on HJR 86!
(See House of Representatives Below)
Representative Tom Loehner has introduced House Joint Resolution 86 (HJR 86), which would change the Missouri Constitution and could have unintended and far-reaching consequences regarding local control and even our current state CAFO standards. 
This Bill Could Come to the Floor Monday...
Please Call Now!!!
Please call (phone numbers listed below):
Your Own Representative,
Rep. Tilley, the Majority Floor Leader (the person who makes decisions about what comes to the House Floor),
Rep. Richard, the Speaker of the House,
Rep. Loehner, sponsor of HJR 86,
& Any Other Representative You Have a Relationship with.
Talking Points for HJR 86 (Bill Language Below):
HJR 86 could stop the state from regulating CAFOs.  HJR 86 includes language stating that "it shall be the right of citizens to raise domesticated animals in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on animal owners". 
HJR 86 could stop counties from passing health ordinances to protect their citizens from the negative impacts of industrial livestock operations.  HJR 86 includes language that "No law criminalizing or otherwise regulating crops or the welfare of any domesticated animals shall be valid unless based upon generally accepted scientific principles and enacted by the general assembly". 
HJR 86 is not simply a new law, but proposes an amendment to the Missouri State Constitution.  This means that any unintended consequences of this language would be cemented into the state constitution and would over-ride any current statute or future action of the state legislature.
Representative Loehner should change the language of HJR 86 to clarify the purpose of the bill.  The current language is too broad and creates the possibility of too many far-reaching consequences for independent family farmers, local control and the ability of elected representatives to respond to the citizens of the state.
House Joint Resolution 86:
Article I, Constitution of Missouri, is amended by adding one new section, to be known as section 35, to read as follows:
Section 35. That agriculture which provides food, energy, and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri's economy. To protect this vital sector of Missouri's economy, it shall be the right of citizens to raise domesticated animals in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on animal owners. No law criminalizing or otherwise regulating crops or the welfare of any domesticated animals shall be valid unless based upon generally accepted scientific principles (This could mean anything as scientific principles seem to change based on how much money is involved)  and enacted by the general assembly.  (And that depends which party is in control)
Representative Tom Loehner: (573) 751-1344
Representative Steven Tilley: (573) 751-1488
Representative Ron Richard: (573) 751-2173

Now some fun.  

Want to learn about the e-coli?



here is a great video that was on YES’s web site.  I think you will enjoy it.

First batch of chickens are sold.

I have an order for another hog.  I need a couple more to jusify the 100 miles of driving to get the hogs and deliver them to the processor.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 2/22/2010 10:28pm by Art Ozias.
  • Baby chicks are due Feb 23.  It takes about 7 weeks.  There will be 50 in each batch.  Bob and I will get another batch every 3-4 weeks.  Now is the time to start placing your orders; we will notify you when pick up will be.  I guess the grass will get green; it has plenty of moisture.  It sure doesn't look like pastured poultry weather with ice on the trees.
  • My cured and smoked bacon turned out great. The ponhaus is also good.  My son, Pete, said it is awesome. 
  • We had the best brisket ever last Sunday.  We will put the recipe on the web site.  Of course, we recommend grass finished brisket.

    Here is recent customer comment.  

Truly sorry that I was not able to be here when you delivered the beef, but absolutely wanted to provide feedback.


First, with the half-hog that we purchased, I must say that we are quite pleased, though we have not yet eaten a significant portion.  I have sampled the bacon, sausage, chops and a roast and have been duly impressed.  Never had bacon smell so "bacony" before.


Beef is, however, my preferred meat.  This past weekend, I finally got to tear into a steak.  I recently purchased a new grill which I am still trying to figure out as it is much hotter and consistent than my last.  Grilled a couple of rib-eyes and unfortunately they were certainly well-done.  I was amazed at how tender a well done steak was able to come out...with no seasonings whatsoever, they tasted great.


Last night, I achieved my goal of a medium rib-eye to perfection and was not disappointed.  The flavor and tenderness were near perfect.  Will say that I chose the rib-eye because, of the better cuts, this is my least favorite as I prefer the leaner cuts.


Also, the hamburger...I cannot believe how lean it is..which is a good thing in my book.


Very happy I made this decision...even though it was essentially made in a day and well before I had intended to make it.  Probably the best quick decision I have ever made.

  • Here’s another Jerry Brunetti video.  You’ll learn a lot.  This guy is really smart. He's an animal nutritionist.  He survived cancer and he is sharing things learned.  You may want to share this with someone who is facing a similiar challenge.

    The following is a news release by R-Calf's, Dr. Max Thornsberry.

Billings, Mont. – Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat has become the law of the land, and you’d think a pig had been stuck with a knife considering all the squealing coming from the multinational beef packing industry and its trade associations.


The U.S. was the last country in the Western Hemisphere without some form of COOL for meat. COOL never would’ve come to pass here unless consumer groups had joined the fight. A few thousand independent cattlemen were no match for the millions of dollars raised by those opposed to COOL, mainly the beef packing industry and grocery store groups. Once millions of consumers became incensed about melamine in their dog and cat food, COOL became a reality

Well, it wasn’t quite that simple, but almost.

The mandatory COOL law was written to accommodate trade with our neighbors. “Born and Raised in Canada, Slaughtered in U.S.,” or “Born in Mexico, Slaughtered in U.S.,” are legal, proper labels. Initially, the packing industry simply labeled all meat products “Product of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.” 


A simple ‘North American’ label, but it misleads consumers when it is applied to beef that is exclusively of U.S. origin and does not provide consumers with their right to exercise choice in the marketplace.


Wendy’s restaurants proudly advertise their hamburgers are made from North American beef. The North American label is a mixed label and is not what Congress intended for beef produced from cattle born, raised and slaughtered in the United States of America.

Packers like Tyson Foods labeled their beef with a mixed North American label. Yet, once forced to actually label red meat properly, several packers placed the origin label in such small letters it takes reading glasses to actually read it, if you can even find it.  

Until meatpackers begin to properly distinguish beef from U.S. cattle from the beef from Canadian or Mexican cattle with a conspicuous and legible label, the marketplace will not function properly and the benefits of COOL cannot materialize. If COOL was implemented as the law is written and if USDA would enforce the rules as Congress intended, consumers would be able to exercise choice in the marketplace, and the demand created by their choices would determine the relative value of cattle from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Unfortunately, these relative values for domestic and imported cattle are being arbitrarily decided by the multinational packers that are politically motivated to destroy COOL.

These packers are now making it difficult for Canadian and Mexican cattle to receive the mixed label (cattle imported from Canada and slaughtered in the U.S. are eligible for a mixed label that states “Product of Canada and U.S.”). This has prompted Canada and Mexico to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO). U.S. cattlemen who feed Mexican steers are being discounted by the packers, if the packers even choose to buy them. This is going on even though the beef from those cattle is eligible for a mixed-origin label that includes both the U.S. and Mexico.


While all this is happening, USDA does nothing – by design, I think. USDA did not support COOL, and I believe, is setting up COOL for a complete failure. If this occurs, beef will be generic in the U.S., and the U.S. consumer will have no idea where their beef originated in the world and no choice as to which country’s beef they choose to cook for their family’s dinner. 


The long-range goal of the huge multinational food corporations is to acquire food anywhere in the world where it can be produced for the least cost, where cheap land and cheap labor can be exploited. We have seen in this country what “too big to fail” has wrought in the financial industries. Do we really desire to turn over food production to multinational corporations? 


There basically is only one industry left in Rural America sufficiently dispersed to provide nearly every rural community with the opportunity to generate new economic activity. That industry, the independent U.S. cow/calf sector, produces a new set of wealth each spring. If this sector fails, grocery stores will be full of food from around the world, and the average American will have no choice as to which country’s beef her family consumes. 

It will be generic beef. 


I give us about 10 years, unless we fight for COOL, and win. 

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 2/9/2010 9:04pm by Art Ozias.
  • Hogs are available.  They will weigh about 250 pounds.  They will be about $125-150.  The processing is about $200.  That's for the whole hog.  For a half divide by two.  There is not much in this for me, as we don't raise the hogs.  I know how hard it is to find quality pork and the small producer needs support.  If you want pastured pork and a tub of healthy lard, now is your chance.  Yes, lard is healthy.  I have a great article explaining the benefits of using lard.  What else is there for high temperature cooking and for that great pie crust?  
  • The fermenter we use for sauerkraut is a Gartopf.
  • We've added a customer comments page .  Check it out.

Another BPA story.


More E-Coli . After reading this I am glad we have our small greenhouse.  We’ve had greens all winter.  It’s great.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 2/7/2010 9:34pm by Art Ozias.
  • I sort of appologize for the McDonalds information.  I guess I was one of the 30 of someone.  I was given this link from another, and while most of it is true, the motive is flawed.  I usually don't stray from my trusted sources and I had second thoughts about this one.  I am glad to have the snopes site.  I will use that in the future if I feel I need to verify an article.  The statement made by McDonalds that the US doesn't have lean enough beef is ridiculous.  Ground beef is manufactured by the "Grinders" and it can be made to any specification.  Bottomline, it is cheaper to ship buy off shore, just like shoes and shirts and, and.
  • I bought some clover seed for frost seeding of my pastures and the farmer raises hogs the old fashion way.  I now have three sources for hogs.  Let me know and I will put you on a list.  He sells at the market, so price will vary, but I think I can secure them for about $100 for a half and the processing is approximately $100.
  • I made a batch of sauer kraut today.  It takes about three weeks to ferment.  We use a Kartopf. 
  • We've added a "Customer Comments" page to our web site.  We've had some good ones lately. 

More beef recalls.


Did you know our crops are now ruining South  America?


FDA news.


Make sure you get your Vit D levels tested.  Read this and you’ll know why.  Especially important during the Winter as sunshine is sometimes a premium.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 2/2/2010 8:54pm by Art Ozias.
  • I have a harvest date of Jun 1 for two steers  One split half is already sold.
  • The KC Food Circle Expo is scheduled for Mar 27 in Shawnee, Ks. and Apr 3 in Independence, Mo.  Go to their web site for more information, .  We will be there.  It is a great place to meet producers and to buy items.
  • We have lard and wheat available.  The ground beef and hot dogs are sold.  We have tried both and our only critique is the hot dogs need a little more fat.  We are going to Remer's next time for the hot dogs.  I inspected their process and smoker recently and if I provide the seasoning it should be better.  As most of you know, fat helps in the digestion of the protein and if you have "good" fat, why not use it and help your health in the process.
  • I finished two batchs of ponhaus,  head cheese, and it is great.  I am looking for a way to use the hog's squeal.   I successfully cured and smoked my bacons.  Weather was great for curing.
  • Olly, my granddaughter, and I are planning for our Spring order for baby chickens.  She can't wait for Spring and baby chicks.  Hopefully, we will incubate some of the Redbro eggs for fryers.

    We just received the latest issue of  Wise Traditions, a quarterly publication of the Weston A. Price Foundation.   It has a wealth of information.  I especially liked the article, A Holistic Approach to Cancer, by Thomas Cohen, M. D..  Anyone who has someone suffering from cancer should read this article.

    The following is from

Artificial Sweeteners are Toxic

That’s right.

There are more reasons to avoid artificial sweeteners than just their impact on your brain and waistline. In fact, there’s enough evidence showing the dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners to fill an entire book -- which is exactly why I wrote Sweet Deception.

When I first started studying natural medicine I did not know which was worse, regular soda or diet soda, but after careful review the answer became very clear that although sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup needs to be avoided like the plague, it is still less damaging to your health than artificial sweeteners.

Take aspartame, for instance. The phenylalanine in aspartame dissociates from the ester bond and increases dopamine levels in your brain. This can lead to symptoms of depression because it distorts your serotonin/dopamine balance. It can also lead to migraine headaches and brain tumors through a similar mechanism.

Furthermore, the aspartic acid in aspartame is a well-documented excitotoxin. Excitotoxins are usually amino acids, such as glutamate and aspartate. These special amino acids cause particular brain cells to become excessively excited, to the point they will quickly die. Excitotoxins can also cause a loss of brain synapses and connecting fibers.

Then the ester bond in aspartame is broken down to formaldehyde and methanol, which have their own toxicities. So it is not surprising that this popular artificial sweetener has also been linked to cancer.

A recent study also found a two-fold increased risk of a decline in kidney function among women who drank two or more artificially sweetened beverages a day.

This just adds to the growing list of serious health risks from consuming these toxic substances, which are deceptively marketed as though they are safe and even healthy!

Unfortunately, most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as an acceptable alternative to sugar, which is at best confusing and at worst harming the health of those who take their misguided advice.

Why Mercola has become the number one on line resource for medical information


Have a problem with gout?



Good OCA information .


Here is an audio on the limitations on organics.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra  

Posted 1/23/2010 10:07pm by Art Ozias.
  • We finished the ground beef and hot dog pick up today.  It went well. 
  • We recently processed some hogs and have lard available.  It is $20 per tub.  Yes, LARD.  If you do your research you'll find that lard is making a comeback.  It's healthy after all, now that we know about crisco and margarine.
  • Debra was at the local grocery store today and saw the price of a 5# bag of flour and it was over $6.   Well, she decided to come home and grind some fresh wheat.  We still have some from the last harvest.  It is $0.80/lb.
  • We have about 30 hot dogs available.  They are $4.50/lb.

 Here’s why I get Mercola’s email news letter.


More information on cell phones.


For those interested in school lunch improvement efforts, here is a good article I found from YES magazine.


Vit D added to milk.  Which kind are they adding?  There is a huge difference between D2 and D3.


Here is a must see video.  We need to become more educated on GMO and its effects on our foods.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 1/12/2010 9:35pm by Art Ozias.
  • I sent an email to all those that had ordered the ground beef/hot dogs.  If you didn't get that email and have ordered either ground beef and/or hot dogs, please email me so I can make sure we have adequate of both.
  • Here is good link for kombucha  Debra can get you started if you have a gallon glass jar.  That site sells a starter kit for $49.95. 
  • We still have some hard white winter for sale. 

    We updated out Beef Brochure under PRODUCTS on our web site .  Check it out.  Mary was able to redo it so that it now downloads is seconds instead of minute.  Thanks Mary

More on high fructose corn syrup.  Very interesting that Europe has sugar in their soda.  Those who have watched the Utube video (recent breezy hill update)  will appreciate this.



Nice pictures.


Not hamburger this time, but sirloin steaks and closer to the Midwest.  Again, it was not detected in the plant, rather people got sick and then they start to investigate.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 1/10/2010 7:56pm by Art Ozias.
  • Hogs are sold.  Beef halves, split halves are sold.  The cold weather has taken its toll.  We have two more beeves, but it will be late Spring for them.  Little Red was ready, but I have decided to keep him for a pet.  He is the first nurse calf (his beef mother had no milk and I put him on Rosebud our milk cow) to not go "wild" after spending time with the beef free roamers.  May have to train him to pull a cart so he can "earn" his stay.
  • We still are taking orders for ground beef.  One of our customers decided to purchase a split half and in doing so decided to reduce their ground beef order.  It is $3.75 per pound and a minimum of 20 pounds is required.  I think the processor will be breaking down the beef this week.  Probably we will have the pick up this Saturday at Java Junction in Warrensburg.  If so, it will be in the afternoon.  I will send an email to those who have pre ordered.

Thanks Richard for the link.  Sure glad I have my own chickens in the freezer.  We will start up again next Spring when the grass is green.  Chickens don’t do very well in snow.


More Vit D info.  Make sure you read this.



Did you know about buying new "OLD" tires?  Here is an ABC report you may want to watch.

I am including this link again.  It is important to learn about HFCS.   This first link will get parts 1 thru 3 of 9.  The UTube link will get the rest of the lecture.  They are in 10 minute segments, so you can watch the lecture in segments;  you may not have 90 minutes to watch it in one viewing.  Here is the Utube link

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra.