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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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And the Four Country Gals thought things would slow down after the market season…

Wrong!

We’ve been busier than bees foraging for pollen.

After the Farmer’s Market season, we moved into the next phase with our udderly incredibly addictive Cajeta. We have now received our official “Process Authority” letter. That means as long as we follow our formula precisely, including the process we use, we may, in fact use the traditional raw goat’s milk.

Getting that approval saves us thousands of dollars, and a lot of labor. That means the prices for our Cajeta will remain in the ballpark of our projections. It also means we can move forward with building our facility, and awaiting kidding season. We now have 7 girls who we believe are pregnant.

We lost our prized matriarch,  Posey, and that will be another blog post later.

100_7793Just this morning we were looking at the remaining kids and will probably send two more of them to the buck this winter.

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When dogs attack penned sheep…

It’s a pretty ugly sight. I’m going to warn you straight up that some of the images and text are disturbing and graphic.

It’s now five days later. We’re still treating wounds, but I’m taking time out to tell our story both for other sheepherders and for dog owners.

Thursday,  June 27, 2013 Bev and I left the house for St. George about 7:15. We did so without checking the barnyard, as it was “all quiet” to the north of us.

Shortly after we left, Cindy went to check a young goat that had been off her feed, probably because of the high heat. She noticed our ram was standing outside his shelter and intently watching “his girls” through the two fences. He hasn’t really been paying much attention to them since moving into his bachelor pad.

Being an observant shepherd, Cindy followed his gaze and saw a problem.

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Four Country Gals lamb wrangling exposed

Much like the banker said to Walt Disney…

You want me to put those lambs where? And so the saga begins…

Lambs at the feed troughEach year we raise lambs. Many are butchered here by our Saudi students at SUU for their personal use. When necessary, some are taken to Cedar City Auction or to Custom Meat Shop for private customers. That’s where the story really begins…

You want me (well, really us) to put three better than 100 pounds each ram lambs into our trailer, so we can take them to the butcher. Somehow this just doesn’t play out in my mind with a successful ending.

Hang with me as I play this in my mind…

Let’s talk about this trailer. It’s a custom job made from recycled parts. The bed is from an old pickup truck. The real problem is that the cap is welded on.

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Downtown Cedar City Farmer’s Market Rocks Wednesdays

Be there or be square, as they used to say… The Downtown Cedar City Farmer’s Market rocks Wednesday’s at 100W and Hoover Ave.

We’ll be in our usual spot on “truck row” with broccoli, spinach, arugula, leaf lettuce, zucchini, basil and other herbs.

Salad BowlToday’s special is our unique Salad Bowl. Take it home for a mere $5.00. Clip it, water it, give it a home on a sunny windowsill, love it and eat it anytime you want. Your fresh lettuce is always ready for you.

Here’s a Four Country Gals special… tell us you read this post and you can have 2 dozen of Mom’s Farm Fresh Brown Eggs for $6.00 (save 50 cents).

Also we are taking deposits for your market lambs. See our previous posts.

Did you know our market accepts the Utah Horizon Card?

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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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