Here is a shot of Patrick showing off the mineral feeder we use to supplement the cattle’s diet of grass and hay. Cattle choose different vitamins and minerals according to what they need in different seasons and circumstances. Right now they are hitting all the minerals pretty hard (as they do every spring), with the exception of calcium, silicon and phosphorus.
Right now, the cattle are healthier than I have ever seen them at the end of winter. Although this is mostly due to the mild weather and the really high quality organic hay we got from Transfiguration Farm, Vermont. As far as weight gain is concerned, the cattle have a big head start over last year. Assuming the weather cooperates this summer, it should be a great year for beef.
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It might seem self-serving of us to pass on scary news about factory farming such as “Arizona Uranium Feared to Be Contaminating U.S. Beef Supply.” So today, we thought we would share more positive news. We read an article in the New York Times yesterday that says U.S. factory farms are helping consumers relieve their fatigue, headaches and congestion by routinely feeding caffeine, acetaminophen (Tylenol), and diphenhydramine (Benadryl) to the chickens that end up in our supermarkets. Chinese factory farms are doing even better. They feed fluoxetine (Prozac) to chicken to help consumers relieve the stress of all the scary news we read. U.S. factory farms also add arsenic to chicken feed, although we can’t figure out how that helps anyone. We have to point out that Steve Normanton’s chickens eat certified organic pasture plus certified organic chicken feed, which contains no medications whatsoever, so our customers will have to find other ways to relieve their cold symptoms, fatigue, and depression.
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