Suggestions

This page is my blog’s version of those “comment boxes” you see in restaurants. 

Something you’d like me to address?

or change?

Something not working properly?

A topic you want to know my perspective on?

In the box below, please tell me about your experience. 🙂

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jim saker on May 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Do you have corn stalk bales for sale? If so, where in Iowa are you located. We have a crop in SW Iowa, and would like to use corn stalks for mulch.

    Thank you,

    Jim Saker

    Reply

    • Hi Jim,

      We are in NE Iowa, and unfortunately need all the bales we have. Sorry I can’t be of any help. Maybe try a local hay auction?

      Liz

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  2. Posted by Jessica on July 25, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Is it difficult for you to raise and care for these animals, who grow to trust you, and then send them off to be slaughtered? Do the cows ever get to roam around in a pasture and graze on grass, or to lead any semblance of a natural life? And what about the pigs — do they get to spend time outside, in the sunshine, to breathe fresh air, to lead a life without human-induced suffering? Would you ever want to live the way that your animals are treated? Is it moral, considering that they are sentient beings, and eating meat is absolutely unneccessary for human health?

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    • Jessica, No, it is not difficult. The animals raised on our farm have a purpose, and that is to provide nourishment for people. Do I consider it every time I load them up and send them off? Yes, I do, but it’s more of a regard for the animals’ place in the food chain than a feeling of mourning (which I highly doubt any natural predator would do). All of the cattle we care for begin their lives on pasture (the breeding cows live their entire lives in the open) and then spend the last nine months to one year in the feedlot. Do you, as a human, live any semblance of a natural life? Do you live outdoors and gather your food daily? I suspect not. I suspect you are comfortable with a life led mostly indoors and food made available to you. So are our livestock. So am I. I disagree with your implication in your last question, as do the 75% of vegetarians who lapse, mainly due to health reasons. Eating meat is no more or less moral than eating a vegetable or grain. It takes life to sustain life.

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  3. Posted by Anonymous guy on December 1, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I would like to see more information about how EPA discharge rules work for a family farmer.

    My company is in the process of setting up a new dairy and we faced extremely angry local people who continuously attacked us no matter how we tried to explain what we were doing. Everything proposed for creature comforts was characterized as being part of a “factory farm” and no matter what we proposed to do with manure (such as compost it and sell for cash), they insisted we were going to dump it. (Might as well dump money, but nobody understood that).

    Your situation appears different as you are far away from people, but a good deal of farmland is close to residences, especially out west. I think people need to know some of what goes on having dealing with the government for modern farmers as far as air and water quality regulations.

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    • I will take it into consideration. It sure does seem like regulations are paralyzing family farms of all sizes. It’s a hard thing to define, and I have some first hand knowledge of the challenges posed by government regulation. I’ll be sure to post about that in the future. Seems like protocol trumps common sense way too much these days.

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  4. I like your suggestion page. I am an Idaho farm-wife and am doing the same to put a face on the family farm and my blog is : http://www.idahofarmwife.net/ I also have your blog listed on my other site where I compile farm blogs from all over the USA called,
    Farmer Inc., The Real Story, http://www.farmerinc.net/

    Keep up the great job.

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