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Pastured Pork, Now taking orders

Pork Roll

We are now taking orders for the fall pork orders.

Our family loves loves, good pork, but it’s hard to find.  Our bacon would shrink as it cooked, the ham was  light pink and the sausage options were limiting to our palate.   So, we found a way to get flavorful juicy pork, and fill our freezer to make sure we have enough to last us the year.  Our family loves our pork so much, we wanted to share this quality and flavor with you.

We raise heritage breed pork, with full flavor and color. The pigs are allowed to live out, their natural pig tendencies, roaming through our grove gleaning what the woods has to offer, while enhancing the flavor and quality of the meat.

They will be available in the beginning of November, and will be processed at Odenthal Meats, south of New Prague.  Halves and whole are available at $2.50/lb hanging weight + processing, done to your specifications.  There is a  $50 non-refundable deposit per half ordered ($50 for half, $100 whole) at the time of the order.  There will be no extras available in the fall, so place your order now.

* Pigs average 210 Lbs live weight, so a whole hog is about 125 lbs.  This is not a guarantee, but an estimate of weights to give a rough idea.

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Buckthorn!!!

Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

Where did it come from?

Buckthorn is a species of plant that was brought to North America as a landscaping plant, it had been used in Europe for hundreds of years.  It was thought to make wonderful hedges, as it is fast growing and, grows in thick, making an impenetrable hedge.  Additionally Buckthorn flowers in the spring, providing berries for birds, and even holds onto them into winter.

Is it really issue?

Buckthorn has a vast root system which out competes native plants for water and nutrients.  As it grows quickly to create a canopy shading out the other species.  This pushes out many natives species that had been supporting the local wildlife.  Causing the area under the Buckthorn to become dark and barren.

Once a stand of Buckthorn is established it is hard to remove it.  The berries that the birds contain seeds that the birds conveniently spread enveloped in a bit of fertilizer to help the Buckthorn seed get off to a good start.  Once the seed is spread it has a long life and can stay in the soil for up to five years.  This one one reason why Buckthorn is not removed from an area just by cutting it down, in fact it gives the new seed a perfect opportunity to start sprouting.

One of the other reasons Buckthorn is hard to remove is its ability to come back from roots left in the ground, or even from the stump.  The stump will use some of the energy stored in root system to send up multiple new shoots, enabling the trees to aggressively start over.   It can be beat though, through repetitive cuttings or grazing wearing away the energy stored in the root system.

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Keeping the Goats Safe and In Place

“Do I  stay out with the goats to contain and protect them?”

When we get a site ready for the goats, the first thing we do is set up the fence.  This ensures the goats stay in the desired area and are protected from wildlife or stray dogs that may be in the area.

What is the fence?

  • The fence we use is an electronet fence.  It is a white and black netting that comes in rolls with posts already attached.  This flexible modular fence allows us to set up our fence to accommodate each sites specific needs and terrain.
  • The fence is powered by a fence energizer, that is powered by a battery.  This way we don’t need to be close to a power source or out in the open for a solar panel to work.  The battery is switched with a freshly charged battery as needed to keep the fence energized for optimum performance.

How does it work?

  • For the goats the fence is a psychological barrier.  Once the goats are trained to the fence they avoid it. This prevents the goats from challenging the fence to get greens on the other side.
  • For the predators who may be checking the fence and thinking a goat looks like a good snack, they find out that the fence is quite a shocker and look for an easier meal elsewhere.
  • The shock is uncomfortable, but won’t harm people or pets who get to close to it, but I wouldn’t recommend testing the shock, believe me, I have accidentally tested it on a few occasions.
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Fresh Barley Feed

We got a fresh load of Barley feed in for the pigs. The barley will give the pigs a richer flavor, over corn fed pigs. It will also help give the meat and fat a firmer texture with less of a gelatinous feel. There is no meat available like this from the grocery store.

Place an order for your own custom grazed and fed pork

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I wasn’t even going to get him, then he was gone

One fine blustery morning Eli and I fired up the old truck, and hit the road to go pick up a new little Kiko doeling that I stumbled upon for sale. She was young, but a looker. She had a twin with her, but the last thing I needed was another buck around here let alone a young one.

As we got there the snow and wind had picked up quite a bit, and a black Cadillac was waiting at the end of the drive for us. I thought good lord what did I get us into as we pulled in. The driver got out suited in black as one would expect. The suit was one of carhartts though. Yet again not what I expected.

I first laid eyes on the buck in the back I knew that I had to have him. His sire was a massive three legged brute with twisted horns 3+ feet wide. His four year old half brother was well on the way to his father’s majesty and docile to boot.

We were able to get a hold of them and load them in the back of the truck easily. We were slightly concerned when he started head butting the window between the truck and topper when Eli took a peak at him. Thankfully we were able to get home with no issues.

At home I backed up the the pen, and it was all I could do to get him our of the truck, let alone through the gate. I did it though and closed the gate. He took off behind a brush pile and was gone…over the 4′ fence like it wasn’t even there. I caught a glimpse of him like a white tail in the fall woods and then he just disappeared…well crap.

In a hurry, Nicole and I both got on the ATVs and went two different directions not knowing what way he would go once he his the plowed field behind the grove. Luckily I spotted him running across the field coming back toward us, headed for our trees. The last thing I wanted though was for him to get through them and into the neighbors grove. I flew after him trying to cut him off before he could hit the trees. He was faster than me and hit the woods. Now the only thing was to try and beat him to the road side and hope I made it first. Flying between the drainage ditch and the tree edge he darted out in front of me and into the drainage ditch… Remember this morning it had been snowing when we picked him up.

I bailed off the ATV before it had even stopped with enough wits to drop my phone on the bank since the water was over 3′ deep and he was already headed under the culvert. Luckily as I hit the water I could easily grab him. Goats are not known for their love of water sports and the current was strong enough he was swimming in place. Wrestling him to the edge of the water and and fighting him up the bank I was able to wait for help as Nicole and the Boys brought a rope to bring him home. He did not go willingly yet, but we got him secured in a stall where he was able to calm down.

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Now Taking Chicken orders

       
Pastured Chicken    

 

Our chickens are pastured and moved daily to a fresh patch of ground.  They are fed a combination of non-medicated feed, and as many bugs and as much grass as they desire.  The chickens are nutrient dense due to their diet, and they have a richer taste and firmer texture.

Chickens finish at about 5 lbs.

Three Options, to Get Our Chicken

  1. Try a Chicken
    • One time only we are offering a single bird at an entry level cost of $10 with the submission of a personal email address to our email list
  2. Preorder any number
    • Preorder birds with a $5 deposit per bird in whatever quantity you would like at $3/lb. available at your choice of delivery date.
  3. Bulk Order
    • By prepaying you are able to get a cheaper whole chicken at a flat rate.  The price is based on a 4 pound chicken, but I will provide a chicken around 5 pounds for the same price.
    • By buying in bulk, the chicken will be available in three allotments to save freezer space.
    • Price: $12/bird – Price of the whole package is due by March 31
    • Any Amount of Chicken in multiples of 3. (3,6,9,12…etc)
    • Ex. Total Amount 6 preordered,      2 in June           2 in August              2 in October

Chicken will be available

  • Week of June 10, 2019
  • Week of August 12, 2019
  • Week of October 14, 2019
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Tired of Blah Flavored Pork?

Tired of Blah Pork Flavor…?

Woodlot Raised Pork, Halves and Whole

Last year we tried a few woodlot raised hogs and they were a great success.  This year we are offering them up to anyone who would like a whole or half  hog.

Our Pigs

  • Our pigs are old time heritage breed pigs, with marbling in the meat and lots of flavor. 
  • The flavor of the meat is enhanced by the foraging that the pigs do in the woods on roots, plants, and fruits and nuts from trees. 
  • Our feed is a non-corn, barley-based feed to give the meat a firmer texture and more flavor. 

Processing

  • Pigs average 60-75 lbs. per half. 
  • Price is $2.50 per pound plus processing. 
  • The pigs will be processed at Lonsdale Country Meats in July
  • The processing is custom, so you get the cuts that you want, and how you want them.
  • There is a $50 non-refundable deposit per half

Place your order now in the store

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My $500 is Running Down the Road…

The Goat Chronicles

Everyone who has goats has a story.  Some good, some not so good, but they are all memorable.  The Goat Chronicles are our’s.


It was time to find a new buck for our herd as we had lost Chewy.  After searching I came up with a Kiko buck, that looked quite majestic.  After a few messages back and fourth the day came to go check him out, and bring him home.  Upon seeing him, you could tell he was a king in his harem, and he didnt want to leave.  He was wild in there and it took three of us with a rope and a calf catcher to get ahold of him and load him on the trailer.  Already, I could tell it was going to be intereesting when we got home and had to unload him.  We ended up getting two other does from the herd and that seemed to calm him in the trailer.

Once we got home it was fairly easy to get a rope around the two does and get them into a stall.  As I walked back into the trailer I thought, this won’t be so bad, since he had just stood there while I brought the does out.  I was wrong.  As I got around the sort gate with a rope in hand, he made his move before I even had a chance to make mine.  He made a break for the sort gate that Nicole was trying to hold.  230lb charging goat vs. 120lb woman who was slipping on the straw to hold the gate.  He blew right through her best efforts to hold the gate and he was gone out the back, as the rear man was not sure what was going on and the tail gate was open.

Down the driveway he went, and headed straight for the goat barn, but was stopped by the fence that was up around the barn.  It should be easy now to corner and catch him, after all he wanted in the pen to find the girls we brought home with him.  We resituated ourselves and went at him with a goat catcher and two ropes between three of us.  He was as wise as his beard makes him look, and would not be fooled.  He bolted over the snow pile and then through the electric fence, which unknowingly to us, happened to be shorted out at the time, and headed out.  Nicole couldn’t believe I had convinced her to buy this Buck, which was now running away unimpeded by our fences.  She was beyond mad as she yelled, “There goes my $500, running away”, as he cut to the road for a quick get away.

Hot on his tail I was not going to loose him, you wouldn’t want to face your wife if you let her investment run away either, so I kept running.  I almost caught up to him running down the middle of our road. But, when he noticed I was there he put on the after burneres and took up and then cut into my neighbors yard.  Being farther behind I could see where he was headed and I cut him off around a snow pile as he throught about going between two sheds, so he charged into our neighbor’s three stall shop wtih quite alot of crashing, as objectes tumbled.

Mind you, I have never met this neighbor and he came out to find me standing in his garage, winded and staring at a goat in the back corner.  This garage was far from spotless as there were things everywhere and due to a drain not working and the snow melt, had standing water in it.  Quickly, saying “Hi, Nice to meet you I am Matt”, I was ready to make my move.  He was cornered finally, but there was no way he was going to let me near him and a wall of stuff was between us.  We stared at each other, waiting for the first one to make a move.  Eventually my dad wandered by wondering where we had gone.  The neighbor, who my dad thought was yelling at him for being in his yard, got his attention. He had the rope, which I got from him and  I made a loop to try and lassoe the goat.  Very uncowboy like, and after several tries got him lassoed, and wouldn’t you know it, he let me walk right up to him.

We were able to get him out of the garage and back home.  Walking him like a bizarre dog between the two of us right down the road and into the stall with his ladies, whom we hoped would keep him happy enough not to try andything else.  Come morning though, the latched stall was open and he was standing at the barn door watching over his new harem.

 

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Chicks are Arriving

Chicks will be arriving first week of April!

Wednesday March 15, is the final day to pre-order chickens at a discounted flat rate of $12 a bird.  This will allow you to have birds all summer long without taking up your freezer space for the whole summer.  Birds are delivered in allotments over the summer.

Example: if you ordered a 6 pack of chickens you would receive a package of two chickens a time at three different pick up days.

Sales are not ending after March 15, 2018 just the pre-order for bulk sales.  You can still order birds over the summer at our regular rates of $3/lb.

If you do not wish to order online feel free to contact me directly.