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Date:9/2/2014 7:20:45 AM
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Hi,
I was just reading about getting caught in the cross-fire of spitting pacas and it made me think of something my dad says. During the winter it can be "dangerous" to stand in the aisle behind the cows. If they cough they can shoot their poo, well, almost all the way across the 10 aisle. I have had several close calls. One time I was following dad around as he was milking cows and 1 cow coughed and it literally shot by right in front of my face and landed at my feet, right in front of my toes!! Dad laughed and said "Shot at and missed, shit at and hit" I didn't get hit but that was a little too close!

No, I'm not anywhere near TX, although I have been known to say "ya'all" I'm in Minnesota, we say "Uffdah" (the u has a lond O sound) and "ya sure ya betcha" I told Dad you asked about the ground cracking and he's like "ya it cracks down there alright"

So what's up with the natural beef? I've been thinking about raising my animals as natural beef instead of putting expensive corn into animals that gain weight but just don't seem to gain enough value. I'm even kicking around grass fed milk but I'm not sure if there's a market for it especially here. Do you think the natural beef tastes different/better than corn fed? I've read how its healthier for you. Same with the milk. What really got me interested with this is our awfull milk price. Right now our base price for milk is $10.55 per hundred pounds (it takes 8 or 8.8 gallons to make 100lbs) and they figure it costs $15-$16 to make that 100 lbs of milk (most of that is the expensive feed like corn etc.) Doesn't add up does it? I'm thinking if I pasture the cows and feed grass hay in the winter, I'll be cutting out some of my cost. Yes I will get less milk per cow, but it would cost less to make that milk. I don't know. Just trying to come up with something different. I'm not even exactly sure what qualifies as "natural" but it sounds better, just curious how it tastes. You cook it diferently too, right?
Oh love the comment about money pit!! I SOO know what you mean- do you know of any kind of farm that is not a money pit?


Have a good day!
-Sara
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