It's high time I begun this blog, and started writing posts for it. After all, it is a big part of why I began blogging in the first place!
At the 2008 Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer conference last January, one of the speakers talked about how farmers can best stand up for their right to farm the land, raise livestock, and feed America. These rights are being challenged more and more by a variety of groups, and agriculture is at risk.
One of the ways was to get into the "blogosphere" by posting comments and blogging about the things we do on our farms and getting onto the animal rights and environmentalists blogs and leaving challenging (yet polite) comments to try to educate others about what we really do and why it is the right thing to do.
So, this is my hope for this blog:
- Talk about our farm operation and why we do the things the way we do them
- Explain why it's morally acceptable to eat meat and raise livestock
- Share information that may help others who also farm or who are interested in learning more about it
Specific things we raise that may be discussed on this web log:
- Charolais/Angus Beef - We have a 60 cow/calf operation, and finish the calves born as well as buying and finishing feeder calves
- Meat Goats - We have a small herd of boer cross meat goats, with about 10 mature does.
- Livestock Guardian Dogs - To protect our investment in the goats, we have a Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dog. LGD's are bred to protect small livestock from predators (coyotes, birds of prey, etc.)
- Rotational/Management Intensive Grazing - A good way to increase pastureland productivity
- Hay - Both for sale off the farm and to feed our animals
- Wheat/Straw - Most of this is raised to bed down our animals
- Corn Silage - Chopped by our neighbor, used to feed our cattle and goats in the winter months
- Vegetable Garden - My family's personal garden, we grow sweet corn, potatoes, onions, green beans, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, garlic....and are always interested in trying new things. Most of this produce is stored for our family's use by freezing and home-canning. We also eat a lot of it as it's picked!