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We got out of sheep several years ago, because a. we don't like lamb and b. we don't like shearing. We had hair sheep for a while and enjoyed them, just not the meat. We love goat meat and goats milk. Goat is the most consumed meat in the world. I just can't kill them anymore. Our customers understand. Most of them are more than willing to take older chickens instead. Sounds weird, but it's true. Tom, we did have a problem when we stopped selling goats milk last year because many of our customers bought it because they're lactose intolerant because their children needed it for some other health reason. It wasn't graceful at all. Keeping up with state regulations just got too hard.
I've always said, I'm a sheep man because, I'm too poor to raise cattle and too proud to raise goats, so I think getting out of goats is a good thing. Make room for something new!
Dan talks about killing 15% of your business each year to make way for new, which I am trying to do this year. My problem is, how do you gracefully do this when the part of your business you want to kill involves other people who are dependent on the service you provide?
Looks like we're going to get out of goats for a while. Kind of sad, but necessary. But...we're increasing the chicken and duck population. The birds pay for themselves, the goats don't. Basic economics.
Pickleworms.Never heard of them before this year. Now they are all over my squash and cucumbers. They are a moth larvae and do to the fruit what squash vine borers do in the spring. Not fun. The chickens, turkeys and ducks are happy though. They're getting all the squash AND the surprise inside.
Luke, sorry to hear about your chickens and Sam, that is wonderful news!
In happier news, the restaurant that buys our eggs told us that customers are loving them. A vegan lady even ate one yesterday. She told the owner that if the chickens were free range she would try it. She loved it. Its nice to have a win once in a while.
So sorry to hear that, Luke. Been there, but with a pack of dogs. My wife went out one morning about 3 years ago (I was at the office) and the chicken tractor was ripped open with 37 birds scattered across the field. One came back the next night and got a couple more. I caught the offender. he died of 'lead poisoning'. We lost a lot of money that season. It's one of the reasons we got out of the meat bird business. This heat has been brutal. I lost a rabbit yesterday to it. I know sympathy doesn't help. I remember Joel Salatin lost at least 100 in a flood once. It's part of the game, but not the part we like.
Bad day on the farm. Lost 38 meat birds to the heat and may still loose a couple more. About 58 left, nearly all cockerels. They were grown and probably would have rendered around 200 lbs of meat.
Hey, yall. Our ducks started laying this week. Discovered we really like duck eggs. It has the potential to be rather profitable around here. I'll take some up to the restaurant that buys my chicken eggs. They want to test some duck eggs in their baking. Can't wait to see how they like them.
The Tilapia thing just has not worked out for us. We can't keep them through the winter without breaking the bank (electric bills) and can't grow them fast enough through the summer. There is no market for catfish or bluegill. Next spring I'm going to try fathead minnows (fish bait). We live right in the heart of North Georgia Crappie and Bass country. I will also expand my worm operation. Oddly, my friends who run hatcheries say, minnows are the most profitable fish they grow. Hope you all are having a great summer so far.
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