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Posted 6/23/2009 9:48pm by Art Ozias.

The film FRESH was a success.  It's a great presentation.  I was suprised that so few knew about Michael Pollan.  In July, we plan to show a video of Pollan at one of his recent book signings.  We attended one sponsored by Rainy Day Books in Kansas City.  He gives a one hour talk and it is very informative with a lot of new current information. 

The chicken situation is dire.  Matt recently got 100 more day old chicks.  The raccoons got most of them on three different nights, even though Matt changed the penning situation.  Therfore, it will be sometime until there are more fryers,  possibly early this fall.  We still have 25 frozen fryers from this most recent harvest.

Rosebud had her calf.  A bull.  She is now in production.  Lila has a foot problem again, she is off in production.  I think I'll dry her up.  Princess is due July 1, it will be her first calf.  That should be interesting getting her started.

I recently sent out the invoices for beef orders.  Most I have received, but a couple have not been returned.  If you ordered beef, but did not get an invoice, then let me know ASAP.  I will wait one more week.  I will then send out the invoices to those on the waiting list. 

We will be combing the wheat shortly.  Anyone wanting baled straw and wheat berries for grinding or sprouting  needs to let me know.

We also have oats to harvest.  If you want some oat straw for tea let me know.

The following is for your information.  This is another example of big corporations controlling our government.  USDA has not been enforcing the law.  "Have you had your Tyson today?"  I have not had any for several years and will not in the future.  We all vote for our reps and senators, but when they are not holding hearings for such, then we have to vote with our purchases.  I wonder if one million consumers didn't buy any Tyson meats, etc for one moth would they change?  

To:         All U.S. Cattle Producers
From:               Bill Bullard, R-CALF USA CEO
Date:                June 23, 2009
Subject:           Show Your Support for an Urgent Call for Change on June 26
            The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has spent considerable resources over the past three months trying to decide if it should impose onerous regulations on independent family farmers and ranchers by requiring them to enroll their property in a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) database and put electronic eartags in their animals’ ears.  Meanwhile, farmers and ranchers continue to suffer horrendous injustices brought about by USDA’s complete and utter failure to protect the U.S. cattle market from the abusive marketing practices of the highly concentrated meatpackers.
            These ongoing injustices will be highlighted at a news conference to be held at 1:00 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 26, at the home of Herman Schumacher, 102 6th Ave. NW, Herreid, S.D.  
R-CALF USA urges every cattle producer within driving distance to attend Friday’s news conference to help demonstrate the U.S. cattle industry’s dire need for protection against the abusive market power of the highly concentrated meatpacking industry.
For 22 consecutive months, U.S. cattle feeders have experienced horrendous losses, which exceeded $300 per head in late 2008 and early 2009 (see Fed Cattle Returns chart below).  But, while cattle producers reel from low cattle prices, consumers continue paying at or near record retail prices for beef, with choice beef prices jumping over the $4.00 mark in February 2007, and reaching all-time highs in late 2008 and early 2009 (see Retail Choice Beef Prices chart below). 
            In a competitive marketplace, consumers would not pay long-term, record beef prices while cattle producers suffer long-term, below cost-of-production prices. However, the fact this is happening demonstrates that U.S. cattle producers have lost their competitive marketplace.
            Congress passed the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) to ensure the U.S. cattle market would remain competitive. Congress charged USDA with the responsibility to protect the U.S. cattle market from the anticompetitive practices of the highly concentrated meatpackers.  Congress found that these highly concentrated meatpackers possess sufficient market power to disrupt competition.   
            The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) each issued reports in 2006 showing that for nearly a decade USDA had failed to properly enforce the PSA. Thus, the cattle market has remained unprotected from the abusive market power wielded by the highly concentrated meatpackers.
            While USDA ignored its responsibilities, a rancher and cattle feeder from Herreid, S.D., stepped to the plate with two other cattle feeders to correct this injustice. Herman Schumacher and his fellow cattle feeders filed a lawsuit in 2002 to enforce the PSA. The outcome of the lawsuit was decided by a jury, which concluded that Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. (Tyson) had violated the PSA and had financially damaged Schumacher and other cattle feeders. But in a rare and bizarre twist, Tyson convinced a federal appeals court to overturn the jury’s decision and to order Schumacher to pay Tyson’s court costs. 
            On June 11, 2009, the U.S. Marshals Service executed Tyson’s judgment against Schumacher by seizing Schumacher’s property – his home in Herreid, South Dakota. Tyson’s action sends this strong message to every U.S. cattle producer: “Your markets are controlled by the meatpackers and don’t dare attempt to do anything about it.”
            The Friday news conference is a plea from the U.S. cattle industry to President Obama, USDA and to Congress to urge them to correct the ongoing injustices occurring in the U.S. cattle industry before the U.S. cattle industry is further destroyed by the highly concentrated meatpackers.   
Fed Cattle Returns (Nov 2006 – April 2009)
Retail Choice Beef Prices
Here is a photograph of the front door of Herman Schumacher’s home with Tyson-initiated signage.
If you are within driving distance of Herreid, South Dakota, we encourage you to stand with us on Friday at the home of Herman Schumacher to highlight the absolute need to restore competition to our cattle markets before even more producers are forced to exit our industry.
If you cannot make the Friday event but would like to support the effort to end the injustices in our U.S. cattle industry, you can send a contribution to:
R-CALF USA Legal Fund
P.O. Box 30715
Billings, MT  59107

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 6/13/2009 10:23pm by Art Ozias.
  • The next chicken day is next Thursday, June 18.  Pick up will be from 4-5 pm.  Price is the same $2.75/ pound.   The next time will be in about 7-8 weeks, so be sure to get what you need for the next two months.   Send me an email with your order.

    We will have baled straw for sale after we harvest the wheat.  It will be $2.50 picked up in the field.  If you are interested, send me your phone number and how many bales you want.  When it is ready we will call. 

    Anyone interested in hard white winter wheat for baking, let me know. 

    There are no more seats for the screening of the film FRESH this Tuesday at La Sous Terre.  Thanks for those that RSVP'd.  It makes it a lot easier to plan when we know how many will be there.
  • Here is an excellent interview by ACREs USA magazine.  It’s long, but good content.


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 6/10/2009 10:10pm by Art Ozias.
I am sending again.  I guess it didn't accept the web site.  Be sure to watch Rhonda Perry's presentation.

that's it .  Art and Debra
Posted 6/10/2009 10:06pm by Art Ozias.
Somethng happened to the web site.  Here it is again.  Be sure to watch Rhonda Perry's presentation.

that's it.  Art and Debra
Posted 6/10/2009 9:24pm by Art Ozias.
I found some more u-tube videos.  Enjoy.  I think you now get the picture.

that's it for now.  Art and Debra.
Posted 6/10/2009 7:39pm by Art Ozias.
  • We have ten places left for the film screening of FRESH.  Call to reserve a place.  Check out prior updates for time, place and a web site to view the trailers.

    Debra and I attended the USDA listening session in Jefferson City yesterday.  It was four hours of hearing speakers (allowed three minutes each).  It was very interesting.  I am posting a u-tube series of presentations.  You can get the feel of the frustration of the small independent farmers and their struggle against a program that threatens the very last source of protein.  The big tree packers basically control the commodity beef, the pork and poultry industry,but they have not yet gained a hold on the cow/calf producer.  NAIS will also apply to poultry, pork and 25 other animal species.  If you see anything regarding NAIS  this should help you to better understand the non-USDA position.  Here is the web site

  • Here is further evidence that you should eat liver.  We have a great, gourmet recipe for liver thanks to Jay and Karen Shannon. We will post it on our web site.   Remember, our animals receive no antibiotics or hormones.  Therfore, the liver is not contaminated.

    I sent out the beef invoices last night for this fall.  If you did not get one, and you ordered a half or split-half, please let me know.  I may have lost your order.

    That's it for now.  Art and Debra
Posted 6/7/2009 7:20pm by Art Ozias.


  • Here is another segment of the Brunetti video.  When you are at this video you can watch the other parts of this lecture.  I don’t’ know how Utube works and I don’t know what the numbers mean, maybe someone can fill me in.

    Got the hay done and did not get any rain.  We still have a few seats available for the film FRESH on the 16th at La Sous Terre.  Debra and I will be in Jefferson City this Tuesday for the NAIS listening meeting with the USDA.  Should be very interesting as several organizations are planning a news conference and a peaceful demonstration.  Most of you don't appreciate the significance of NAIS.  Most of you are very concerned with obtaining your food from local and small producers.   NAIS, if implemented as proposed, will cause most small producers to go out of business.  That is the message USDA is getting, loud and clear, in the prior meetings .  But are they listening?  We are picking up a lot of support from food groups.

    We have an update for the PRODUCTS on the main page.  It is under Milk.  I am trying to change the title to REAL MILK, but have not been successful yet.

    That's it for now from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 6/3/2009 12:17pm by Art Ozias.
Posted 6/2/2009 4:30pm by Art Ozias.
  • The local screening for the newly released film Fresh will be on Jun 16.  We are having a happy half hour starting at 6:30 pm.  The movie will be shown starting at 7 pm.  There will be additional time at La Sous Terre for discussion after the film.  We’re sure after watching you will want to discuss points this film presents.
  • Since we have limited seating, we are asking that you call 660-656-3409 to RSVP.    As soon as the seating capacity is reached, we will have to close the list.  We are not issuing tickets so, when you arrive we will check off your name. 




  • Beef orders are going well.  We have 1 and ¾ remaining.  For those that have placed your order, you will be excited to see prices this past Saturday at Nature’s Pantry.  Top Sirloin $15.69, Ground Beef $6.79, Chuck Roast $6.79, Rib Eye $15.00, KC Strip $14.99.  All are per pound.  Oh yes, a whole fryer was $4.19.  I actually saw a lady put one in her cart, $25 plus change.   Remember, ours are $2.75 per pound.  Our beef price is the same for this year, $3.10.  After trim and shrink from dry aging your price per pound is roughly $3.48.
  • Your invoices for beef orders will be sent to you via email. 


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 5/31/2009 9:12pm by Art Ozias.


  • Made some formage blanc this week.  It is so easy.  Had an excellent recipe this morning for our pancakes.  One cup fromage blanc, three tablespoons honey, zest of an orange and two tablespoons of Guernsey cream.   This is an excellent topping for homemade(from scratch) pancakes.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra