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Chafffhaye, a new way to feed animals on small farms and ranches.

Four Country Gals is becoming the first SW Utah dealer for Chaffhaye, a revolutionary way to feed ruminants and other small animals.

Chaffhaye is produced in Dell City, TX, about 70 miles east of El Paso. That area is much like this valley, high and dry. The good news is they saw a need and are filling it.

[embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10g0AnIfBLE[/embedyt]With six very consistent cuttings per year, they are able to take their alfalfa from the field to the finished package within four hours of being cut. It’s fermented for two weeks before being sent to the customer. They add a small amount of molasses to provide the necessary sugar for all the beneficial bacteria… bacteria which helps to pre-digest the nutrients, making them far more available and useful than dry cut alfalfa.

We’re jumping in as dealers because we see a need.

Here in the Escalante Desert Valley,

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Cliven Bundy vs the BLM

This is a post I never wanted to make, but have been asked to do. It’s a post about our western way of life, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Let me preface by saying I believe all sides of this fight could have found better ways to handle this. It’s not just a fight, it’s becoming a range war. That said, lines have been drawn in the sand, literally, and we’re where we are now. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

This is an issue that has been brewing for as long as I’ve been alive, and even longer. You see, when the West was settled, the government took “ownership” of ALL  the land. You got to be a homesteader by paying the Federal Land Office anywhere between $1 and  $2 an acre, depending upon  when this occurred, and where you were located.

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National Geographic is one of our favorite channels…

However, July 31, they are showing a program that is expected to critical of dairies, hog operations, and who knows what else. Yes, I’ll be watching it.

Here’s what you need to know.

NatGeo: Inside Secret America at 10pm ET.

As you watch this program, remember, the individual filming the actual dairies and hog operations is doing so without the owner knowing about it. He has been hired to work, not to film and record secretly.

From what I’ve seen, there are some pretty disturbing photos.

The usual topics, gestation crates get a segment. The care of piglets also are covered. Please,  when you see this clip, remember, this is one hog operation, and is not necessarily typical of all hog operations.

It appears there’s a segment about dehorning. Until you’ve been injured by an animal with horns,

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Farm Kings from Freedom Farms: Farm to Fork Featured

If you missed these guys last year, don’t miss them  this year. They are “Farm to Fork” personified.

I (Shari) got hooked on them last year, and believe I’ve watched every episode. Eight brothers, one sister, and one Mama all working together to bring fresh, vegetables and fruit to folks in western Pennsylvania.

Tonight  they’re guests on #AgChat, so be prepared… if you follow Shari (FourCountryGals) on Twitter, or on Facebook, there will likely be a lot of #hasthag notes on each, especially noticeable on Facebook.

Now, aside from the fact that these young men are total hunks, they’re also very good farmers. They follow the ideals of Joe Salatin, using bio-dynamic methods. They’re raising pigs, chickens and beef this year in addition to the acres and acres of vegetables.

Get hooked on Farm Kings by going to GAC April 11. You can watch a marathon of last season’s shows all day long.

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Owl gets second chance

This one is for the folks who question the animal welfare we farmers provide.

While doing chores this morning, Cindy was collecting eggs when  she came upon a chicken that appeared to be setting on a nest in the corner of the coop. Upon closer inspection, the chicken was dead.

Imagine Cindy’s surprise when she turned to see a full-grown owl within about 4 feet of her, sitting in a feed bowl. I couldn’t see it because the sun was blocking my view through the screen. We’re still not exactly sure of the breed. I thought it was a barn owl, Cindy thought maybe a Great Horned. We’re sure it isn’t one of our local Long-earred Owl’s.

I gotta’ tell you, Cindy was just a little undone. I can’t repeat what she said, as there are some youngsters who follow this blog. Let’s just say she was more undone when I wanted to lock the outside door (that meant her in),

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  • Goats helping photographer
    Hey, we'd love to help you take your pictures.
  • Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014
    Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014.
  • Cindy feeding Chaffhaye
  • working in the kitchen
    Bev recording milk weights, Shari stirring the Cajeta
  • The first two little doelings.
    The first two little doelings.
  • Mom with Thor
    Mom is cuddling our new buckling, Thor.
  • cargo trailer
    Our Farmer's Market cargo trailer.
  • Hand digging trench
    Shari pitches in and digs up broken water line.

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