I gave it more than a passing thought. But that drive would be a long one for us. And this may sound funny to those who don't want to personally know their processed meat. But we talk to "our" cows as we drive by their grazing area. DH passes them on his way to work normally 5 times a week unless there is a flood warning. Me and the children pass them about once a week when I head to the grocery store. We only talk to them from the car so they never really hear us. Still the children have great fun watching "their" cows get bigger.
We do the same thing. "Ours" are raised by my neighbor across the highway and when they are on the N pasture, we can see and wave to them. Have done that for years. Glad to hear it's not just us!
I am getting GRASS FED beef (raised naturally with no pharmaceutical inputs and no grain) for $2.62 hanging weight. The good thing about my source is that they are a a low-line cross so they are relatively small and don't "break the bank". The last side I purchased (in August) was about $525 total.
I also have them give me all the livers, tongues, hearts (which are included for free since they just dump them) from all the cattle that are being processed from my source farm. We either eat it ourselves or use it for the chickens in the winter when they can't get bugs.
My neighbor raises about 20 steer a year. All grass fed, no grain no antibiotics etc. We paid $2.78 lb last year for our cow. As long as we let them know when we pick up our cow, they will have one for us each year. Our half cow last year was around $700. It's wonderful to have a great source to get our meat from! I actually have them ground the tongue and liver into my hamburger, then any extras (from the other cows whose purchasers don't want them) we get those free. Bones too. Makes some awesome stock.
Hormones! He is loving life atm!
Well both of my chicks that I helped hatch have turned out to be little boys. Just my luck! Cute little buggers. Anyway I'll post some pics once I get out there and take some lol.
My turkey poults are doing very well. They are 2 months old now. For those of you with turkeys, any of you feed fermented feed? Just wondering how long I need to keep their feeders full and when I can get them on the am/pm feeding?
Yes, I feed fermented, and also offer dry full time as choice. They eat both readily. When turkeys are growing up, they need full access to feed all the time, unless a BB variety.
I no longer free range the turkeys with chickens. Way too many issues with adult birds. The turkey hens eventually think all chicken roosters must die and its always the nicer roos. Every turkey hen here has acted this way! Had too many close calls recently, not worth the risk.
Lovely hens! Just adore the colors.