Saturday, July 24, 2010

Alcohol, The facts you should know!

No human being is designed to drink alcohol. Alcohol is metabolized in the body as a carbohydrate in the form of simple sugar. These carbs are the most refined sugars around even more refined than sugar or flour. Alcohol is absorbed through the stomach instead of the small intestine. Because of alcohol's rapid delivery system of sugar an immense blood sugar spike takes place. Once this happens then the pancreas works overtime releasing insulin to manage our blood sugar levels. As this cycle perpetuates it leaves us with a blood sugar crash or hypoglycemic condition. When we become hypoglycemic we become ravenous for food. This is obvious if you watch people at the end of a night of drinking because they will stop at Perkins, Denny's or other fast food and order twice the amount of food they would normally eat.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Health Tip, Water!

How much water do you drink in a day? Be honest with yourself and fruit drinks,coffee,juice,and milk don't count. These drinks actually dehydrate the body of fluids because they are either stimulants, pasturized, or artificially sweetened which all stress the body's digestive system which in turn causes the body to be stressed and work harder which in turn causes fluid loss instead of balance. Water should be consumed throughout the day and half your body weight in ounces will do the trick. So for example: I weigh 145 lbs. so I would want to be sure I drank 72+ ounces a day.The human body is comprised of about 80% water and if one continually dehydrates it by not drinking water and replacing water with processed drinks and stimulant type drinks we become imbalanced as a whole and this opens the door for chronic ailments. These types of symptoms can arise from continual dehydration; Irritability, brain fog, low energy,brain fog,depression,body injuries and aches,high blood pressure,constipation,excess hunger,slowed metabolism,and linked to alzheimers. This is just the short list of chronic and severe ailments that are created from dehydration.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Nice Day to Harvest Oats

Today was a nice day to get the oats harvested before the heavy rains that are predicted by the national weather service. I hired a neighbor to combine my oats since I don't have the equipment needed for the harvest. The 18 acres of oats that we harvested today will be fed to our outdoor raised pigs. Now that the oats have been harvested the next step is to bale up the straw that is in windrows. The straw bales will be stored in our barn lofts and sheds and sold to customers needing winter bedding. Underneath the oat aftermath is a bed of various grasses and legumes that will become pasture for the cattle to be rotationally grazed. The sooner we can get the straw off the field the less smothering of the new seeding will take place. This year I had 3 varieties of oats which were all planted early to mid April; 19.5 acres of colt variety, 12 acres of Spurs variety, and 6 acres of Jim variety oats. The Jim oats yielded 85 bushels to the acre and was planted into disked stalks. The colt oats yielded 83 bu.acre. This field would have yielded better if we hadn't received hail on that field. Golf ball size hail damaged the field a few weeks ago. Rats! The worst yielding field was the 12 acres of Spurs oats which ran 77 bu.acre. The yield of the Spurs field actually surprised me since it got off to such a slow start in the heavily covered soil of cornstalks. Overall it was fun to have a few test plots of oats and compare information.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Omega 3 fats, the lost fat

I thought you would find this article very interesting on Omega 3 fatty acids and crucial it is. The majority of foods raised and processed in our country are very high in Omega 6 and low in omega 3's. The longer we continue this trend the more obese and emotionally eratic we become. This is just another reason to locate grass-fed meat products to ward of the dangers.The following information was from Alan Nation's blog from the stockman Grassfarmer.

Army To Increase Omega-3 In Soldiers' Diet

Monday, 07 June 2010

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a brain component that comes from omega-3 fatty acids in our foods. DHA is a crucial component of brain chemistry and a deficit has been implicated in the recent growth in memory loss, depression, schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder. Omega-3 deficiencies have also been implicated in violent behavior, suicide and murder. According to The Economist one government agency taking notice of this is the United States Army. Plagued by a rising number of suicides among its combat troops in the Middle East, a recent test found that 95% of its soldiers were deficient in DHA. The Army said it will try to modify its soldiers’ diets to include more omega-3 rich foods. Omega-3 comes from the meat and milk of animals that eat the leaves of green plants or, in the case of ocean fish, green plankton. Currently, Americans eat a diet highly that is way too high in omega-6 which comes from the seeds of plants. Recent studies have found that imbalanced diets encourage obesity as omega-6 fatty acids trigger appetite.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Grassfed Beef, What are You Getting?

I don't know about you but I love Beef! If I had to choose one type of meat to eat on daily basis it would be a no brainer, beef! You may ask why the enthusiasm. Well after reading "Pasture Perfect" by Jo Robinson it became clear that I needed to eat Grass-fed beef not only for my health but to support the right concept. But because grass-fed beef is soo hard to find I decided to raise my own and many more for people in search of it. If you don't know the difference between Grass-fed beef and Corn fed beef the following will give you an idea.

Grass-fed cattle are given the right to express themselves the way nature intended it. This means Roaming and grazing fresh grass,legumes, brush and leaves. Cattle are herbivores which means they were designed by nature to eat living plant life. But in the past Century our culture thought it would be smart to pen up Cattle and feed them little forage and high doses of concentrated grain, i.e Corn. This was done in order to bring value to Corn, but what about the beef? If cattle are herbivorous herd animals that were meant to roam & graze, then why is the majority of beef in the USA raised in fecal lots and being fed grains, fillers, antibiotics, and growth stimulants? A few reasons: Economies of scale, turnover ratio, and less tie up of land not to mention many more. I understand its all about the money, but what about our health? Once we compromise the animal we compromise human health. Cattle are condensors of nutrients, this means their meat and fat is made up of what they ate. If a cow is standing in feces eating an unatural diet of GMO/chemically raised corn, GMO chemically raised soybean meal, synthetic vitamins/minerals, growth enhancers, and antibiotics how are we supposed to build dynamic health from this? The answer is we can't. Actually beef raised in feedlots and fed rubbish has been linked to a host of  Chronic diseases and sickness. The reason for this goes back to the cow is what it ate, and if it ate an unatural ,unsafe food then we face the consequences by eating it. Many of you may think this is hogwash but if you think about it logically it makes sense. When cattle are fed high grain diets their essential fatty acid profile gets out of whack in favor of omega 6. Omega 6 fat comes from grain sources and in the U.S we consume too much of this which has been linked to chronic illness. To see all the other differences between feedlot cattle and grass-fed cattle check out this link. Grass-fed Basics, by Jo Robinson

Which would you prefer?

Grass-fed                                                                                                  Feedlot

Getting Ready to Harvest Oats

In my upcoming schedule I have three fields of oats that need to be harvested. The process goes like this first I have the Oats cut down and laid in windrows where it dries a few days and then combined to separate the oats from the plant. After this is done I come in and bale up the straw. I plan on keeping some of the Oats back to feed the pigs and then I plan to sell the rest to the Albert Lea Seed House and local customers. It will be interesting to see how each field yields. I have planted a different variety of oats on each field. All three fields were fertilized with balanced fertilizer(micro nutrients included) from EarthSoils. No toxic chemicals of anykind were applied. All three fields were sewed down in mid April of this year. Two fields were sewed in corn stubble from last year and one field was sewed in bean stubble from last year. The following are some pictures and description.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Hog Heaven then Tragedy

This week I was soo excited to let the little pigs into the garden of green corn, Oats, clover, soybeans and what not that covered the ground as shown in the pictures. When I opened the Garden up to the little guys they were grunting and squealing as they ran around grabbing at leaves in a true maze. I thought to myself they will have a month's worth to clean all this up and that was to be perfect for their development.

On the first night that the pigs were in the garden tragedy struck. I got a call from my grandmother real early in the morning alerting me that there was nothing left in the Garden. I said what happened? She said all the cattle broke the fence down and ate all the vegetation that was to be for the pigs. After hearing this I quickly got ready while having breakfast and drove over to assess the damage. When I got their I was completely letdown. The cattle were licking their chops like they had just eaten a gourmet meal. Meanwhile the pigs scrambled around looking for fodder that had been left behind.

Initially my frustration overwhelmed me and I thought to myself how could this have happened? after looking things over the top barb wire had been shoved down recently and it was a perfect way in for 1000 lb. steers. I immediately put up an electric wire and hope that this will be the barrier that prevents the cattle from ever doing this again.

I do know now that Cattle love Corn in the green stage which is prior to setting ears. And I do know that animals know what they want and the cattle wanted that garden. I guess I will have to plant some corn for them to graze next time around.