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July

Posted on 27 July, 2020 at 17:05 Comments comments (0)

THROUGH the ample open door of the peaceful country barn,

A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding;

And haze, and vista, and the far horizon, fading away. 


Walt Whitman

Production Farming - Bees

Posted on 22 July, 2020 at 10:05 Comments comments (0)

We have been asked about honey, as mentioned in the last newsletter, there was some info. But we have realized as well as other folks in our area, that all the extra spring rain has taken it's toll on the bees. Our hives are strong and continue to grow, as very normal. But we do have less honey and are not sure on a harvest date. It's really important to understand that we don't push for honey production....There is such a thing..We are treatment free beekeepers, we dont' use any insecticides in the hives

(And yes that is a common practice) to combat mites, and other pests that hives are susceptible to. We also dont' artificially feed the bees. Another common practice of providing sugar syrup to the hives. We only do this, under drought conditions.

 

Our beekeeping practice are to grow strong hives, meaning to keep a Queen Bee that is very active in growing her hive in numbers, We monitor this close and provide extra boxes and frames for growth. In some ways more work and in some ways less.

 

I hope I helped in my explanation of a few bee keeping ways. No two ways are better from the other, Just different schools of thought.


From our Farm Newsletter 7/17/2020


Summer Time

Posted on 5 July, 2020 at 14:00 Comments comments (1)

Summer Time

 

Oh the joys of heat, sun, afternoon naps and seeing things grow!

How I appreciate it all. While we milk twice a day, pass hay 3 times per day, double check on kids and waterers at least 4 times per day. One must remain very flexible, things can change in an instant. The skies can burst with rain really anytime after 2pm...even a 10 min shower...can be a pest….And while we go back to mowing and feeding..The day to day of Summer...is just that...We become accustomed to heat and humidity..changing our socks multiple times per day to soak our tired, sore and swollen feet in epsom salt..Every year these animals teach us something new..Endurance….

We have learned their language and appreciate the care involved...While we keep them healthy..they are keeping us Young, active, full of energy..As we will fill our plates with pastured eggs, pork, chevon, garden veggies and Raw milk!   Our care turns into high quality nutrition!

 

Heat is on!

Posted on 14 June, 2020 at 10:10 Comments comments (0)

It's heating up in northern Arkansas....I enjoy talking about weather...it's a constant condurum. Too much rain..dew point's in the high 70's..heat seems to be stable in the 80's for now...For those of us who raise livestock of any type...know all too well...how sensitive they can be to every change....I think of the news media and how it parallels to our farm..well possibly....Every Life Matters! Sure does here! No one single critter is taken for granted. The bees will drink from buckets of water..and it's real cute till they fall in and drown....So we put little "floaties" in everything water source..chunks of 2x4 work well...It's always something...

OUR PASTURED PORK IS GROWING!! - We have an interest in cuts, chops, bacon, hams, etc. More than 1/2 halves. They can be sold in quarters too. Please let us know your interest.

 


 

 

Handling of Raw Milk

Posted on 23 May, 2020 at 16:35 Comments comments (0)

Keep in refrigerator at all times -

Make sure your fridge is running at appropriate temps - typically 40 degrees or slightly below.

Keep the lid clean and place it back on the jar right after opening.

Gently tilt container back and forth to mix in cream line

RAW Milk lasts 7-10 days under ideal conditions.

 

Raw Goat milk is naturally homogenized. Fat/cream is incorporated without the use of centrifuge or high speed mixing. BUT there will still be some cream line that does seperate. This is wonderful if you skim with a spoon for coffee or gently mix in.

Raw Milk is a living substance with active bacteria.

 

Raw milk contains many components that kill pathogens and strengthen the immune system. These include lacto-peroxidase, lacto-ferrin, anti-microbial components of blood (leukocytes, B-macrophages, neutrophils, T-lymphocytes, immunoglobulins and antibodies), special carbohydrates (polysaccharides and oligosaccharides), special fats (medium chain fatty acids, phospholipids and sphingolipids), complement enzymes, lysozyme, hormones, growth factors, mucins, fibronectin, glycomacropeptide, beneficial bacteria, bifidus factor and B12-binding protein. These components are largely inactivated by the heat of pasteurization and ultrapasteurization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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