August 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
The 10 inches of rain we got here will really cheer things up after a fairly dry summer. I guess you could say we got completely caught up in lack of rainfall in just a few days. Change is a constant thing in life and so in the interest of being completely transparent we need to say that we now feed a little soaked barley to our milking goats. This is a slight change but a change never the less. Other than that we do not feed grain to our ruminant animals here. In our defense I will say that goats are hard to do here in our humid, hot, parasite rich environment and VERY few people do goats here without chemical wormer.
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August 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! Puppies for sale. Lily has several guard dog puppies for sale if interested email her at thisisdennis@windstream.net Great Pyrenees, Border collie and Anatolian mix puppies for sale. They are 8 weeks old and eating dog food and drinking water. Their mother is the mix and their father is pure Pyr, So they are mostly Great Pyr. 4 males and 1 female. They are currently around goats, sheep and sometimes chickens. The puppies' mom is on site and their dad is one of our neighbors' dogs, who also farms. We also have the puppies' grandma and full brother and sister on site. All wonderful dogs, exceptionally smart and very sensitive. $250 each.
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August 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! New products - from Chicken feed for your backyard flock to spicy raw mustard plus sour cream and buttermilk! More products to come soon from a new Amish supplier: unsweetened bologna, beef jerky and more. Stay tuned!
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August 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! Please help if you can, his fight is for all of us. http://nourishingliberty.com/government-harassment-threatens-cripple-michael-schmidt/ I have a question. Is there a market out there for certified organic 100% grass fed milk? There are several farmers we know who are searching for a new milk market. The deal is this: The processor is not paying enough per gallon right now and some are not even breaking even, so they are losing money fast. They enjoy farming and believe in practicing sustainability more so than the conventional dairyman. Some are learning fast and changing all the time because they want to get more for their milk.
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August 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! This is from Angie Minno of Foxgrape Farm outside of Gainesville: Looking for some interesting traditional recipes to try with grassfed beef that make the most of the everyday cuts?
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June 4, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Oh boy is it fun on the farm in the summer! It seems as though we run as fast as we can and then do our best to keep up. We are extremely grateful for good, young folks who want to come out and learn farming and after several years of this we have begun to establish some guidelines, making it work better for all involved. Most farmers love what they do and want to be close to the land and animals but lack in the area of management, preferring to work alone. I will admit, I have fallen into this category myself but it seems like my calling has expanded beyond myself so whether I like it or not I am managing a team. For me this is becoming more and more enjoyable although the growing family plus a working team is sometimes a daunting task.
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May 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Here is some interesting feedback, from a very qualified person, on our topic of estrogen in cows milk, I am sending this verbatim with his permission and please, especially note his comments at the end.
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May 20, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello Fellow SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! Here is an interesting question that has come up way too often in the last 3 years that I will address and hopefully put to rest, at least for a while: Hi Dennis and Alicia, Could you please let me know how many and how often your cows are pregnant? What percentage is the milk of pregnant cows in the bulk of your milk? Would you consider selling "milk for boys?" I am concerned about my sons drinking milk that is high in estrogen from pregnant cows. Do you know of any research on this? I found and read several articles in peer reviewed journals and a few magazines, but nothing I found was recently published or especially definitive, each only calling for more research. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts on this.
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April 22, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello Fellow SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! Off taste in the milk!! It is a bad day when cows get into dog fennel , a weed that the cows like to eat in early summer and the milk can have a bitter taste. We only had 2 or 3 people complain but we know many of you are slow to say anything. I want to say please speak up as this is the only way we know we have issues AND we want to give credits and refunds appropriately, so do not be shy. We were actually not sure what was going on or if something was even wrong but then Alan Boyd from Tallahassee who partnered with us here for several years let us know that he had a little in several gallons and this tip was what we needed. Dog fennel is not harmful in any way in fact probably good for you but the taste is so awful you just do not like the milk. So if you got some of this let us know how many gallons please.
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March 26, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Welcome to our "Farm Report" where we share a little bit about what is happening at the farm. If you would like an up close and personal encounter with us we welcome you to schedule a farm tour by e-mailing Dennis at thisisdennis@windstream.net. We love visitors and love to connect you with your food source!
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February 3, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Change is the one constant in life, we do not always like it but it happens. Rick and Erin came to us 5 months ago and have done a great job with orders, packing and several other things here like inventory control and more. Rick was excited about doing pastured poultry here and we got the license so we could sell these to restaurants and grow this thing ………..but then he got a call from Chic-fil-la where he worked as a manager before coming to work with us. At first he thought little of it until they offered him a LOT of money. Rick is young but he is extremely good with numbers, meticulous with organization and good with people, we will miss them both. We are looking for someone to replace him and his wife, Erin who has been our “Office Manager” these past months. We hope to find someone soon enough so that they can be trained by Rick and Erin before they leave. Help Wanted! We are looking for an Office Manager who is well organized, detail oriented and has strong computer skills to work with us 20-25 hours /week or more depending on desire and skill level. The person would be in charge of processing orders, answering phone calls and e-mails and updating inventory and other information on our website as well as keeping our Facebook page up to date. If interested please e-mail us and we can give you more details. The person would also need to live locally to our farm in Live Oak, FL.
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January 18, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
We are in the time of year when we are nurturing millions and millions of babies, rye plants that is! (No human babies from Alicia or Angela but I am sure we will have one or 2 of those by the next farm report!) We normally plant around November 1st but because of the warm weather this year it ended up being much later. It takes about 45 days for the rye to be mature enough to graze but once it comes it is the best time of year for us. The peas are still doing fine and the cows are in excellent condition but they will be very happy when the rye comes in, it is just the best. Help Wanted! We are looking for a person who is internet savvy with some web development experience to work with us. 20-25 hours /week or more depending on skill level. The person would be in charge of processing orders, answering phone calls and e-mails and updating inventory and other information on our website. If interested please e-mail us and we can give you more details.
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