Feeding Poultry Litter To Beef Cattle:
This is the title of a document that I found at the Ag. Extension Office today. I thought for sure that it was going to touch on the issue as being negative. How naive I am...
"Beef producers searching for ways to lower feed costs should consider poultry litter as a possible nutrient source for wintering, growing, and finishing cattle...poultry litter can be an economical source of crude protein, energy and minerals for beef cattle." "Litter contains bedding material, manure, wasted feed and feathers, and it may be from one or more flocks of birds" "Since litter may contain scrap metal, the material should be mixed or fed with equipment with a magnet to remove metal that may cause hardware disease." (that's like saying broken bone disease, as if there may not be a known cause)"Common foreign materials in litter include broken light bulbs, broken thermometers, pieces of metal broken from equipment, nails from construction/repair, etc." "Some animals may refuse to eat an adequate amount of poultry litter rations. Such animals should be culled (killed) or grouped together and fed another ration.(Matt Poore, Extension Ruminent Nutritionist)
This is why we do what we do! I have heard about this on the big documentaries, but to see "how to" do it in my own town is a little eye-opening and motivating! So if anyone is curious why our prices and prices of good beef are what they are, its because we were not aware of this process, which could reduce our feed costs!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Cedar's the man...
Cute like her momma...
Look closely at the yellow pollen sacks...
See the paper ball? The bees put that there after they finish
their "pollen patty" in the spring...
View of upper field at sunset
One of our lettuce rows, ready to eat...
They were chasing me...
First bean of the year...
First corn of the year...
Marley protecting Keaton while he tends to his garden...
Ready to eat...
Proud young men, tending their gardens...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Buttercrunch Lettuce - $2.50/head
Spinach - $6.00/lb
Green Onions - $3.00/lb.
Pea Shoots - $3.00/bag
Glory in the Crimson Clover...
Butterflies in the Lilac Bush...
Broccoli and Cabbage...
Asparagus is starting!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
I have a quick topic that I have been wrestling with as to
whether or not to share on our business blog. I have
decided to go ahead because, it is key to what we are doing here:
As many of you know, we had a very rough winter here with
our family due to a neck injury that I received in November
of last year. Basically I ended up in bed, unable to take
any noise or light and restricted to being able to
occasionally make it to the restroom. We were scared to say
the least. "What about our farm, and soap business?" was a
common question that would be on our minds constantly during
this time. I visited a friend in Boone who is a doctor, and
from that point we realized that what we had going on was
very different from the norm, because at this point we did
not realize I had a neck injury. I was then referred to 2
other specialist (eye and brain) and they were stumped as
well. The brain scans (all 4) showed that I was perfectly
normal, so what in the world was wrong?
For about 2 weeks,
Cory was on the phone with the world, and we tried
everything suggested, but when you have
Parkinson's/MS/stroke/drug withdrawal symptoms, patience was
running out quickly! It was finally suggested,after a month
of being in bed in a dark room without any normalcy in my
life, that we see a chiropractor. A local chiropractor
actually had to make a house call and from that, looking
back know, I realized that although my main symptoms had not
changed, I was not waking up with my "normal"
headache-before-the-shower in the morning anymore (although
I could barely get to the shower). When
symptoms did not change and the possibility of Lyme's
disease was now in the picture, we were referred to another
chiropractor that had the ability to have blood work done. Upon
visiting him, and after hearing our story of our trips to
Boone and Winston for about 6 weeks now, he recommended that
we not do blood work, but that we take a better look at my
"atlas". (where my brain sits on my spine) The x-ray
revealed that my atlas was indeed about 3 degrees off,
meaning I had a crooked head. (because I am not a doctor, I
am sure these terms sound silly!) The "adjustments" needed
for this are fairly extreme at first, but I had been through
the ringer up until that point; so we thought, "Can't hurt
to try". With-in a week, things were changing. It took about
another month to get back to where I felt fairly normal,
meaning I wasn't shaking uncontrollably anymore, my reflexes
and nervous system were calming down, and I did not appear to
be on "overdrive" any more. We were very excited to see the
progress, as you could imagine! I feel about 100% now, and
we are having a blast here on the farm getting things back
in order for the season.
The reason I felt compelled to share this with you, and how
Dr. Nieland "saved my life", is because as I was planting
the other day, I realized I would not be able to this of
things hadn't taken the course they did, and I hadn't been
refereed to him. When a doctor "cares" enough to go out of
his way to help, it makes a ton of difference. I was
privileged to have 3 of them that cared out of the 10 I saw,
but the main difference came from the last one, Dr. Nieland,
who went above and beyond "normal" chiropractic care
(actually they should all know what he knows; in fact the
neurologists should as well!) to save our farm! Now, all of
you get to benefit from his work, so stop by his office, Family
Chiropractic on Boone Trail by the hospital, when
you get a chance and thank him!
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Well again, it is April now, so this is a reminder (friendly of course!) that the final CSA payments are due, unless we have already discussed different arrangements. If we fail to receive your payment, all rights to good food will be taken; kidding of course! This is just a reminder, because if your like me you need a reminder to even wake up in the morning! Our newest addition to the farm, outside of granite dust, is a 4 wheeler! It has been a huge time saver for sure! We are very thankful to have one now, and have no idea how we ever did with out!
The other news is that we are entering in to becoming a Bio-dynamic Farm. Actually, we sort of found out that that is closer to our practices than the other titles, so we have been eating and sleeping bio-dynamics all week! We love this life!
|preparing the tomato plot...|
|Isn't that nice...granite dust and composted horse manure...|
|A little tedious, but well worth it...|