in Blog, Farmlife

Update after the Surgery

So a lot of you have been asking for updates from after the surgery and I have just been in too much pain and too tired to provide it for all of you until now. For those of you who don’t have a clue what is going on, my wonderful beautiful horse Tarik had a sore back and I, thinking that he was over it, was violently disabused of that notion. I prefer to call it an unplanned dismount but really, he bucked me off. I landed right on my wrist and it only took a glance to see that my…

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in Blog, Farmlife

The night before the surgery and a tribute to the value of neighbors

Tomorrow morning I go in for surgery on my arm.  I am very nervous. I am sure it will go fine as these things usually do, but who am I kidding, statistics don’t make anyone feel better.  I am definitely ready to feel better. Chances are with this surgery that as soon as the plate and screws are put in that my arm will feel pretty much instantaneously better.  If I could cross my fingers I would. It has been very difficult this past two weeks since I haven’t been able to do any work.  You certainly learn the value…

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in Blog, Farmlife, Horse riding

Tarik, the culprit who broke my arm

It has been very frustrating to have this broken arm.  I am not allowed to do anything except sit here and “keep it elevated.”  I can’t feed the animals, I can’t even brush my own hair. I certainly can’t go out and ride my horse. It is very depressing in a way because I have been working so hard the past few months to really get better at my riding skills. The doctor says with this type of break, I may not be able to ride a horse for up to six months. Oh well. There is nothing to be…

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in Blog, Farming, Farmlife, Published in Daily Press

Farmer Safety and My Broken Arm

As I sit at my computer, awkwardly attempting to type this article with one hand, I am inspired to reflect on the dangers of farming.  Granted, my arm is broken from training a horse, but livestock injuries are an all too common part of farming and this is definitely not my first farm injury. Dealing with large animals, long hours, big equipment, bad weather and other intense conditions, farmers don’t just sit on their porches all day sipping lemonade. Our work can actually be quite dangerous. A decade-long study of farm safety issues shows that injuries and fatalities can almost…

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in Blog, farm business, Farmlife

Farmville vs. Real Farmers

I have never been a big fan of the online game, Farmville.  I just could never see the attraction to it when I had my own farm right outside.  If I wanted to farm, I just needed to walk outside and go fill up a waterer or muck a pen.  However, somewhere around 60 million Farmville players disagree with me. Farming is not just for the guys anymore The average farmville player is a 43 year old woman while the average farmer is a 57 year old man.  Only 30% of farmers are women; however, female farmers are the fastest…

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in Blog, Pigs

How to fatten pigs

Fattening Pigs In the past, animals were seen to have two distinct phases of their lives: Growing the frame and Fattening.  Animals would be raised in near starvation situations for years until it was time to put fat on, in which they would then be fed all the food they needed in order to reach the appropriate weight for slaughter.  Because of this two phase method, cows often were three or four years old before placed on pasture of high enough quality to put on fat and two or three years for sheep.  This two phase process was eventually combined…

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in Blog, Natural Health, Pigs, Published in Daily Press

Why you should eat Lard

I don’t know what it is about pigs, but I love raising them.  Of all the animals we have, pigs have been the easiest to take care of, needed the least attention and hey, they give us bacon.  But don’t forget the other fantastic product they give us: Lard Eww lard, right?  I know that’s what everyone is saying.  I mean just the thought of deep frying something in lard makes you gain a pound.  But it’s not as bad as you think, just hear me out. Bacon pigs versus Lard pigs At Flip Flop Ranch, we raise American Guinea…

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in Blog, Farm education

Free Farm Related Books!

These are free ebooks on Amazon that I thought were pretty cool.  Double check the price before you purchase as the deals are limited!   [amazon asin=B00LR68G7K&template=iframe image][amazon asin=B00IDC8QBC&template=iframe image][amazon asin=B00BWZ9XKA&template=iframe image][amazon asin=B00LLNR2VA&template=iframe image][amazon asin=B00KBH71AE&template=iframe image][amazon asin=B00AFCBDY0&template=iframe image][amazon asin=B00AFB6HS8&template=iframe image][amazon asin=B00LVI0IX4&template=iframe image]

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in Blog, Natural Health

Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?

In Central America, India and Sri Lanka, a disease has been rampaging through farmers for the past 30 years.  This disease is called CKDu or Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology, meaning that nobody knows what causes it.  It seems to occur most often in poor farmers who do hard labor in hot areas.  Farmers who acquire this fatal disease have always been exposed to herbicides and heavy metals.  This diseases is unheard of by most medical practitioners.   However, CKDu is now the second leading cause of mortality among men in El Salvador. Besides El Salvador, India and Sri Lanka are…

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