Archive for March, 2012

Cowlendar Girls – April

Here’s a new feature: Cow of the Month

We hope you enjoy our cowlendar girls!  We don’t name all of them as coming up with 100+ names is a little much.

This is #33 “Mame”, so named because when we first bought her she would nurse any calf.  We named after “Auntie Mame” of movie fame. She is 4 and in her prime. She likes to be scratched along her sides.Image

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Cowlendar Girls – April

Here’s a new feature: Cow of the Month 

We hope you enjoy our cowlendar girls!  We don’t name all of them as coming up with 100+ names is a little much.

This is #33 “Mame”, so named because when we first bought her she would nurse any calf.  We named after “Auntie Mame” of movie fame. She is 4 and in her prime. She likes to be scratched along her sides.Image

“Pink Slime”, our meat, and you

Recently there was a blowup in the media about so-called “pink slime” in hamburger. I want to attempt to address several issues from what “pink slime” is and isn’t, to our meat products ,to my own humble opinions. So,here goes…….

“Pink slime” is also known as “Finely texturized beef”. It is using the trimming and leavings after grinding. They are taken and combined/centrifuged/whipped and separted from fat and then added back into the meat. Because this is further processing and a by-product,  not an additive, it does not, by law, have to be on the label. It is still meat, just like bologna, hot dogs, or hog jowls are still meat. I am not a fan of fat of any kind, as my son can tell you at the dinner table, so I do understand there is a certain ick factor, but this isn’t a different substance being added in. It is treated with ammonium hydroxide gas, which is not molecularly the same as ammonia that you use on your floors, and has been approved by the FDA for use on many foods from cheese to chocolate and then some. So….where does that leave us? In my humble opinion, that leaves you with an issue of consumer choice, and perhaps labeling preferences, but not necessarily a health issue.

Now, as far as our meat is concerned, this by-product is not, let me repeat not, used. We eat and enjoy our meat and find its taste and texture to be far superior to supermarket beef.  We are not organic certified because of cost and time involved, but it would be easy for us to be. I find shopping organic to be more of a peace of mind/consumer choice issue than necessarily a obvious  health benefit. If you feel differently, I’d be happy to talk.

Wether you have concerns about health and safety or not, America’s food supply is still one of, if not the safest in the world. At the end of the day, I am so thankful to God that I live in a country where we can be concerned, argue,and discuss potential health issues and food processing practices. I am thankful we live under a government that we can participate in and bring these kind of discussions up. After all, many people in this world don’t care what’s in it or on it …..just that they have something to eat!

Illegal Activities???

A recent proposed ruling from the Department of Labor would make it illegal for children to participate in many day to day activities on farms and ranches, as well as potentially 4H and FFA. Children wouldn’t be able to be around large animals or up higher than six feet for starters. All of the following activities that are boys enjoy would be illegal. We purchased the ranch in part to impart values to our children of how to work hard, the rewards of that work, responsibility, and good stewardship of the land and animals we are blessed with for companionship, work, and food. Safety and age appropriateness is always on our mind. We cherish the time with our kids and working together to achieve a family goal and dream. Daniel already wants to ranch when he’s grown. If this ruling goes into effect, many of our activities would be curtailed, if not altogether stopped. How does this affect you? Well, for starters, it will be even harder to teach kids a love of the land and how to live on it, which would translate into even less family farms. You won’t be able to hire that school kid to mow your grass because they’ll be using power equipment (don’t know anybody who wants to use a push mower do you?). Please consider contacting the DOL with your concerns and check out the website keepfamiliesfarming.com.