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Happenings Around The Farm

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

July 15, 2022

I trust it has been a good week for you and maybe you have some fun things lined up for your weekend.

Here on the farm it is HOT! Summer in South Mississippi is in full force.

First, let me share a few updates from our plant. This week we have been in the plant each day since Tuesday. We processed chicken Tuesday & Wednesday and then cut & packed beef Thursday & Friday. Today (Saturday), Beth and I are grinding & packing grou

nd beef.

Look for our beef to be restocked late Saturday - and thank you for your patience. FYI - I have requested extra slots for harvesting additional beef, but it will be late July before this happens. More about that another day!

In our red meat plant we have made some improvements. One is package weight. Our objective is to be within the pack weight range listed on our website for each item.

Both low & high pack weights have caused problems for customers. For example, a customer orders filets expecting about a pound per pack. However, our processor would only pack one piece weighing about 1/2 pound per pack. So, when packing customer orders I would give them two packs. Makes sense until you run out of inventory because now you are packing two packs vs. one (our inventory system keeps up with packs and NOT weight).

We are also improving some of our cuts. For example, tenderized round steak has changed from a long thin slice to a smaller and a bit thicker slice. Here is a picture from Fridays work-

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I also wanted to show you some of the boneless ribeyes we cut this week. I'm sure they want last long.

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Next, let me share how our animals are holding up in the heat!

Overall, they are doing very good. The cows
have switched to mostly eating during the evening through early morning and then resting in shade the rest of the time.

The hens are doing okay. I'm sure the heat has caused a drop in egg production. The hens will be out foraging early morning and late afternoon until roost time. During the heat of the day they are under the shade & near water.

Our broilers are also doing okay. Thankfully they are under 5-weeks of age so there is extra space in the pasture tractors.

Last, but not least, our pigs
are survivors. All they need is a "woller" hole to stay cool(er). We help them out by providing a sprinkler during the heat of the day.

For each species we are also checking their water, etc. multiple times per day because it would not take long without water to really stress them.

Pastures are holding up just fine. The 1/2 inch of rain received late Wednesday afternoon was very welcomed. And the rain forecasted for Sunday - Thursday next week would give our newly planted pastures a great start. We continue to use regenerative practices to improve our pastures ability to absorb rain water (vs. run off) and to effectively cycle nutrients from the soil to plants.

Maybe you have been looking for premium ALL NATURAL GOODNESS of beef, pork, chicken, and eggs raised on pasture as God intended - without growth hormones, drugs, chemicals, and antibiotics - and raised humanely then you have come to the right farm. Our delivery schedule and product availability is listed below along with order buttons that will take you to our website where you can browse over 90 product choices and place your order from the convenience of your home. It's that simple!

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Ben & I really appreciate your business and thank you for rewarding our hard work with your trust and support. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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