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Posted 5/18/2009 10:15pm by Art Ozias.
  • We are still enjoying our beef.  I just wanted to write and say thanks for the educational info. 


  • If you didn’t catch “Up to Date” today with Michael Pollan, you can get it at this link  .  It’s worth listening to.  Debra, our daughter Marlies, and I have our tickets for his appearance this Wed sponsored by RainyDay Books.  See you there!


  • Chicken day is May 22, this Friday.  For those that order I’ll send you the pick-up time.  The next will not be until late June.


  • Two milk customers (6 gallons/wk) are going on vacation soon for several weeks.  That means we can accept some new customers.  Rosebud is due June 1 and Princess is due June 15.   I have several yogurt makers that I got thru e-bay.  Real milk makes great yogurt.  We do not follow the directions when making yogurt.  We only heat to 105 deg.  That leaves the enzymes in tact.    Remember add a small amount of good quality dried milk, if you want consistency similar to store bought.  Of course, it is getting close to great ice cream weather.  Why buy store stuff with all the ingredients other than cream!!


  • We are still taking orders for fall beef.  We weaned our fall crop yesterday.  Pete and Debra helped with the sorting which helped.  It only took two hours.  We had to retag the replacement heifers.  We separated the replacement heifers and will put No 17,  a bull with New Zealand genetics that we raised from one of our best cows.  He really looks like he will be a great bull.  Oh yes, the heifers look great as well.  They are at least 25% New Zealand devins.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 5/12/2009 9:11pm by Art Ozias.
  • May 22 is our next chicken day.  Matt lost 50 fryers due to flooding associated with the storm that went through the Springfield area last week.  We will have only 50 availabe for the May 22 date.  If you want to order fryers send me an email.
  • Remember Michael Pollan will be in KC on May 20.  To get tickets go to
  • Michael Pollan will be on "Up to Date" at 11 am  on May 18 on KCUR, FM 89.3.  If you miss that program you can get it later at .  Thanks for the heads up Kim Noble.
  • You might want to read all of this




    • Here’s another Monsanto indictment





    • I almost forgot.  I had a conversation with a potential beef customer recently.  They had purchased  freezer beef from someone, and when I told her that that "farm" has no cattle.  The "farm" is just a broker for other producers.  She was in disbelief.  She agreed with me that the individual was a good talker.   My experience is that anytime you introduce another link in the supply chain, there is the potential for misreprentation.  So, here is a solution.  Always, ask for a tour of the producers farm.  Next, always ask how much the mother of the beef weighs.   Then ask how much the beef your are buying weighs.   Your beef should weigh 100 # more if a male, and 100 # less if a female.
    • that's it from the hill..  Art and Debra 
    Posted 4/30/2009 8:42pm by Art Ozias.

    • I've got a time for the fryer pick-up.  It is 4-5 on Sunday.  If you have not placed an order there is still time, but I must know before 4pm on Saturday.  Check a prior update on the main page of our web site for fryer information. 

    • What are you drinking?



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

    Posted 4/22/2009 9:43pm by Art Ozias.
    • Ok, Chicken day is May 3 and 10.  Price is $2.75 per pound.  Minimum order is 5 fryers.  Cook one and put the others in your freezer.  Remember, if you go to the city it will cost mucjh more and the quality is less

    • Did you know?  Large beer corporations have been doing this for years.  It’s how they kept their percentage growth increases even when they were losing maket share with their primary brands.




    that's it from the hill.   Art and Debra

    Posted 4/16/2009 1:38pm by Art Ozias.
    • Since the grass is green, Lila is eating more and producing more.  That means we could accept some new customers for REAL MILK WITH CREAM.  How many, obviously depends on the amount wanted.  If you are interested you will need to provide half gallon jars.  We have quite an inventory and some are still with prior customers who have not returned them.  The price will remain the same $4/half gallon.  We are interested in consistent customers i.e. the same amount each week.  The price for so called organic milk at the store has increased quite a bit lately.  Organic Valley is $4.89, Horizon is $4.49 and Best Choice is $4.19..  That is for Ultra-pasteurized, which means it could sit on your counter for six weeks.  It needs no refrigeration.  It is totally dead.

    • Remember chicken day is coming up.  Price is the same at $2.75 per pound.  Nature's Pantry has whole fryers for $4.19 per pound and they are lesser quality.

    • Still taking orders for beef.  Check your freezer, or if you've ordered from us before , your freezer card.


    • I have a conection for a limited number of hogs.  It would be very limited and not on any regular basis.  If interested let me know and I'll keep a list and will be ready if the opportunity becomes available.


    • Here is more information on high fructose corn syrup  


    that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra


    Posted 4/6/2009 7:43pm by Art Ozias.
    • We will be having another fryer date on 9 or 10 May.  Those wanting to place an order should do so and as soon as possible.  The price is still $2.75 per pound.  That is for 5 or more.  At the recent KC Food Circle Expo the prices were $3.00 and the Nature's Pantry price is $4.19.  So, we have an excellent product and a GREAT price.  Please do not ask for one or two, use your freezer and save money.

    • Here’s more info on HFCS.


    • Bet most of you didn’t read about this in your local paper.

    • Here is a great interview with Michael Pollan 

    •  Worried about the sun?


    • Thanks to all the recent beef customers.  The deliveries went flawlessly.    Everyone was at home and I was on time.

    that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

    Posted 3/31/2009 9:01pm by Art Ozias.
    • Here is an excellent web site.  You can't absorb this site with one visit.  It needs to be added to your favorities and visited several times.  Go to processed foods and click on white processed flour and learn things about white flour I'll bet you never knew.
    • We have a few frozen fryers available.  I was at Nature's Pantry yesterday and they had 4# whole fryers for $4.19 per pound.  Makes ours a real bargain and they are much better, nice and yellow.
    • Remember, we will be at the Independence Expo this coming Saturday.
    • that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
    Posted 3/31/2009 9:00pm by Art Ozias.
    • Here is an excellent web site.  You can't absorb this site with one visit.  It needs to be added to your favorities and visited several times.  Go to processed foods and click on white processed flour and learn things about white flour I'll bet you never knew.
    • We have a few frozen fryers available.  I was at Nature's Pantry yesterday and they had 4# whole fryers for $4.19 per pound.  Makes ours a real bargain and they are much better, nice and yellow.
    • Remember, we will be at the Independence Expo this coming Saturday.
    • that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
    Posted 3/22/2009 9:08pm by Art Ozias.
    • Just finished watching  The Future of Food on Link TV.   It is worth watching.  A great chance to learn more  about GMO foods.  Here is the link   Times for more showings are given.
    • Just finished another chicken day.    We have a few that were not spoken for and are in the freezer.  Let me know if you would like a great 4-6 pound fryer.
    • Remember we will be at the KC Food Circle Expo this next Sat  9-2pm.

    • NAIS will be an uphill struggle, since most on the sub-committee are pro NAIS 
     Group Encourages Legislators to Follow McCaskill’s Lead in Opposing NAIS Washington, D.C. – Members of R-CALF USA wish to thank publicly Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., for her correspondence to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that makes clear her opposition to the implementation of the agency’s National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Missouri is one of four states to have enacted legislation that prohibits mandatory premises registration programs. “On behalf of the hard-working men and women who earn their living raising and selling cattle in this great country, we want Senator McCaskill to know how deeply we appreciate the fact that she has listened to the concerns of independent U.S. cattle producers – her constituents, the people on the ground who know what is best for their operations,” said R-CALF USA President/Region VI Director Max Thornsberry, a Missouri veterinarian who also chairs the group’s animal health committee.  “Senator McCaskill pointed out that USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) has already spent more than $130 million of taxpayers’ money to promote NAIS, and at last week’s congressional hearing on NAIS, it was projected that additional costs would escalate to at least $200 million or more,” he continued. “We agree with the Senator that the current economic situation in the U.S. has stretched many producers to the breaking point, so it just doesn’t make any sense ‘to place such a significant and unjustified financial burden on our independent producers, particularly when we cannot value the benefit.’ “NAIS is not a solution for food safety, and we hope every Senator and every Representative will realize that the vast majority of meat recalls are due to food-borne illnesses caused by contamination at the processing level, not the producer level,” Thornsberry pointed out.  

    “Senator McCaskill’s letter identifies the monumental problems that are destined to cause NAIS to be a colossal failure at the expense of the U.S. cattle industry,” he concluded. “We can only hope that the rest of our country’s legislators will realize, as Senator McCaskill has, that NAIS is an ill-conceived scheme that should not be pursued in the United States.” 


    that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
    Posted 3/17/2009 10:15pm by Art Ozias.

    The next time you hear about bio-fuels think about the following.

    Switch grass beats corn for ethanol production but violates law of return

    Staff report

    WASHINGTON: The energy return of producing ethanol from switch grass is more than seven times greater than that for corn but has a hidden cost that is not being discussed.

    Switch grass is a warm-season native grass that grows from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada in the USA.

    An average acre of corn produces about 400 gallons of alcohol, while an acre of switch grass yields 1,150 gallons of ethanol.

    The energy output/input ratio of converting corn to ethanol is about 1.2 to 1 but is 4.4 to 1 with switch grass.

    Switch grass is heated to 900 degrees F for one second which liquifies the grass. This liquid can then be fermented into ethanol.

    The primary advantage to switch grass is that it is a perennial and does not require annual planting.

    It is also being touted as not needing nitrogen fertilizer as it can feed on naturally occurring levels of soil nitrogen.

    However, this soil nitrogen is actually from the breakdown of soil organic matter placed there by previous plants’ residue.

    The USA currently produces about 4.3 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol and experts believe this could grow to 12 to 14 billion gallons, which is just a fraction of the 140 billion gallons of gasoline Americans burn annually.

    In contrast, experts say switch grass and crop residues could produce about 60 billion gallons or slightly under half of America’s annual consumption of gasoline.

    What is being overlooked is that continuous whole plant removal will drain the soil of needed minerals and organic matter just as making hay does.

    This violation of the agricultural law of return is also being ignored in the idea of hauling off corn stalks and other crop residues for ethanol production that help maintain soil organic matter.

    The closest thing to a free lunch energy-wise in nature is the direct grazing of whole plants with animals as they return 95 to 98% of the minerals in the plant as manure and urine.

    Perhaps, grazing more and growing less energy-intensive corn would yield a more sustainable reduction in petroleum energy use than using whole plants for ethanol.

    © by The Stockman Grass Farmer


    Here’s a great reason to raise your own food!!!

    More on vaccines and autism.   A must read.

    Here is the information on the Link TV showing of Food of the Future.

    If you missed CBS sixty minutes this past Sunday, you missed Alice Waters.  Remember, for those that were at La Sous Terre and saw Food Fight which featured Alice prominently. Here’s the link.


    That's it from the hill.  Art and Debra