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Skipping the County Fair

I am dreading the fair this year. We move the cattle in this Friday. After a week of 100 degree weather, I really don’t look forward to hauling, settWashing Heifering up, and sitting with 10 head in it. But my hands have black dye stains, the steers are almost broke, and the heifers get their final clip job tonight. That pretty much means we are set to go. So I just need to suck it up and git-r-done. Thank goodness we just stay overnight and go home. Some of these ridiculous counties still make the cattle stay 4 or 5 days.

Z is taking a bull and a steer. Theo will show a cow/calf pair, steer, and heifer. And Bella is taking two heifers and a steer.

Wish the kids luck showing and that the forecast is wrong.

Putting Up Straw Bales

 

Baling Straw Video

 

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When the 4th of July roles around every year, it also means it’s wheat harvest time which then means baling straw. For two hot days we baled straw into square bales onto rack wagons. Straw is bedding for livestock made from the stems of wheat after harvest. We store it in the hay loft of the barn for winter. William and Z took turns driving the tractor and riding the rack. Did I say it was hot?

Why Straw?

The stem of a mature wheat plant is hollow. This is good for wicking up moisture and for insulation in the winter time. It does eventually have to be removed as Z shows in the previous video Farm Boy and Tractors. Leave a comment on what you think of the above video. Thanks

Baling Straw

Eat Sh!t and Die

 

No One Wants to Talk About Sh!t

 

Or If it’s Organic, it’s got to be good. Right?

 

I have been telling my suburbanite sister for years,  “I don’t buy organic because I know what’s put on it”. This spring someone had tweeted about buyingvegetable organic or not. I replied that I did not because organic food is “over priced, over hyped and over manured”. This prompted a guy to tweet me questions about what I meant by over manured. I proceeded to tell him about use of manure by organic producers for fertilizer and how e.coli is found on vegetables. Then two weeks later I read this headline: “14 dead in Germany as cucumber crisis grows“. The poisoning turned out sadly to kill about 35 people who ate bean sprouts from an organic farm in Germany. Dr. Hurd wrote how the E. Coli outbreak occurred. Consumers just assume that if it is labeled organic it is better for you. Do they really want to know what organic “stuff” could be on their food?

Judged by Their Actions

Then the news about the outbreak just faded away. The silence to me was deafening. Where were all the food police, the nutrition gurus, public awareness groups who are supposed to be outraged over harmful food systems. The ones who perpetually deride factory farming accusing big ag of poisoning the food supply with all these chemicals. Their lack of press releases and absence of wrath is truly telling. Because informing the general public about what goes into growing organic food doesn’t bring in donations to their cause. They choose to keep quiet about how most organic vegetables growers use manure for fertilizer. Pointing the finger at chemical companies and industrial agriculture that uses them fills the coffers. Now there are some villains to make some noise about to rake in the money to prove the need for their existence (thus salaries).

Hypothetical or a Quick Death

So let’s see just how bad these chemical residues dripping from our fruits and vegetables are. A child could consume in one day the following amount of each produce without any effect even if the produce has the highest pesticide residue recorded for each food item by USDA. source

Produce                          Servings per day

apples                                154

pairs                                   851

lettuce                            11,713

potatoes                          6,494

celery                              98,413

That is just a few of the foods listed. You can find out more here. Pretty scary. How many servings do you think those in who died in Europe ate that made them sick. Peter Coclanis, director of Global Research ant UNC at Chapel Hill wrote an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal titled ” Food Is Much Safer Than You Think“. And I would add, been led to believe. It is a quick read and eye opening on this topic.

So I will continue to purchase food from factory farms and big ag. If they choose, the food police can eat sh!t and take a chance.

Has this event made you think twice about the produce you feed your family?