The member Jim Fry stands as latest poster but his post is unvisible.Why? Can the staff hide posts to be unvisible to others? It seems that this forum is a kindergarten to some of the staffs.If it is possible to delete my account here please do it.
I think that the price of wine would be the last reason to make own wine.I would grow grapes and make wine because of the huge amount of herbicides and pesticides using in the wine yard.The fraud with blending quality wine with less good is another reason.It is not always the label telling the truth.
It reminds me that I have a handwritten and homemmade letter ready to send with some swedish reciepe.Swedish meatballs for example and one very secret reciepe of a local cake based on eggs.Hold on,the letter will be coming!
Nicole Alderman wrote:The main reason coca-cola cleans so well is that it is highly acidic. All that citric acid. BUT, you can get all those cleaning benefits without needing soda. Vinegar is an acid, but not as strong as coca-cola. Citric acid, however, can be bought online in a big bag. I use it for making gummies and jello...and also for cleaning my toilets (and making fun little volcanoes for my kids, but that's a different story...).
In Raven's book, she lists a recipe for lemon peels soaked in vinegar. This is not only a great acidic cleaner, but also has the power of d-limonene, which is also a degreaser. In other words, it works great to get petrol-based gunk (like sticker goop and car oil) off of things. You can use any citrus peals to make a great cleaner. Vinegar is cheap, and orange peals are also really cheap, especially if you like those tasty little mandarin oranges that sell in big bags around Christmas time. That's how I made my orange cleaner!
Making cleaner from peals sounds great.Not to mention the pleasure to know that the fresh smell comes from natural ingredients.It is time to save the peals from all citrus fruits I think.
Is Coca-cola a cleaner you can eat or at least drink:)? I think Coca-cola is on the borderline and I would not concider it as a cleaner you can eat but somebody would probably call it a cleaner you can eat.
Until yesterday I was sure that dowsing was fake but after I felt the strong power in the rods I believe it works.To them who are sceptic,ask a experienced dowser to hold in your hands while you try and I am sure that you will experience the same exitement as I did.Dowsing works with or without you are a believer:)
I am by nature a sceptical person.
Yesterday I had problem with the waterpunp in the house.I called the local plumber an we talked about everything and nothing and between that dowsing and if it works.Yes he said,,I have two L-Rods in the truck and when we are finished with the pump I will show you.When we were finished he asked if I wanted to see how it works with dowsing.He took his L-Rods and started to walk around the well.Immediately the L-Rods started to bent toward his body.I was excited and every time he crossed a special point the Rods started to bend.
I asked him to let me try.Still I was sceptic to it but when I had tested the power in the L-Rods I was not so sure that dowsing does not work.I am now so convinced that this old teqnique really works that I have ordered two L-Rods in copper to at least show with when here are guest.To answer my own question in the headline,yes dowsing works.
Any body here have experience with dowsing?
It would have been interesting to know how this is used among for example layers.I guess this is a big subject in their education.
Today I have inspection from the Swedish authorities and I wonder if I shall be qualifying or hedging to them.I would rather kick them in the ass but I think that is disqualifying:))
Exactly my thoughts,instead of master steward I will call you The Commander:)
Very interesting topic and the first I thought of this was how these two,Qualifing and hedging, works for a person with limited words in a language like me for example.It would be interesting to know how other perceive me as a person based on these qualifing and hedging.I do not think I hedge so much because I do not have the words to do it.Once again,very interesting topic!
Travis Johnson wrote:I was always told in the agricultural classes I took, and based on my own farming experience this is solid advice, and that is, to always have (3) major production lines on a farm.
They say that because less than three means if one commodity tanks on price, the other two will keep the farm going, and while it is possible two commodities will tank, the chances of all three tanking at the same time are low. Yet when there is more than three commodities produced, a farmer cannot dedicate enough time, knowledge and experience to really get a good grasp on what they are producing.
In my experience, I have suffered because I never had three production lines. I was doing okay when I had a job/logging/sheep, but suffered when I only had logging/sheep.
But I think for most people, rather then doing three things really well and being profitable, they try to "diversify" and end up struggling. To me it just makes sense because while a decent day could be made of tending to the sheep in the mornings and at night, logging in the winter, and raising potatoes during the summer; the focus is very concentrated. It is called Effeciency of Scale. But when a person is trying to care for sheep, care for chickens, care for goats, milk a few cows, etc, because each commodity requires different things, not only is their chore time stretched out, they are scattered-brained because every few minutes their brain has to switch gears, and start a new task, and fear missing a step in between. That induces inefficiency, but also stress.
To wit, rather than switch gears and milk cows, it takes far less time, resources, and mental prowess, to just stay on the tractor and feed 75 more sheep. That just makes the sheep production line much more efficient as no extra time needs to be used in figuring out marketing, storage, nutritional, and equipment needs of the cows. But do not get me wrong, if a person likes cows, by all means just eliminate the sheep, and focus on a higher dairy production system. The point is, do three things, and do them darn well.
But here is the thing, there is something intensely strange about money. You can point of deficiencies in how people handle their money, and how they make it, and yet despite failing at what they are doing, people will defend their method until their death. It is the strangest thing because it is not just people dislike change, no...they defend their system to the point of down-right anger, even though it is clearly evident that it is not even working to them.
I think that these three lines should be connected.For example if you raise meat animanls you start a slaughter factory.
Yes,I have thought about that how stubborn people and even me are about to not change.Big and succesfull companies just shut down a branch.To be able to change bad things is maybe the biggest key to success.
Interesting to see how some Governments and their Farmers operate.
Australia doesn’t subsidise Farmers so they need to continually evolve to meet various World market demands: consumer needs, economic demands and climate necessities. If you were to talk to an Aussie Farmer about subsidising food production, sure, some would hold out both hands and bring along their wheelbarrow for good measure; most however would ask ‘what’s the catch’ and say ‘no thanks’. (I think, in the OECD, we’re second only to New Zealand for lack of Government funding to Farmers.)
However, the Government does fund via Programs that manage seasonal variability, and provide tax deductions e.g. water subsidies, drought assistance, Primary Production Tax Incentives (PP), etc. Most of these Programs are based on LOANS, so Farmers need to pay the money back to Government … lower interest rates than banks.
So, it’s very much a free business model where responsibility is on the owner. The PP incentives means Farmers can claim certain things to gain tax advantages e.g. deductions on equipment costs/devaluation, carbon-sink forest deductions, etc.
In our experience, subsidies just make Farmers complacent and slow to react when market circumstances change. And, they drive down food costs to a point where it is unrealistic. There’s also the very important matter of quantity over quality.
In a dry climate, not having subsidies means relying on other things to be successful – we have a very robust relationship between Farmers and our various science organisations (CSIRO, Landcare, etc) who assist in some brilliant ways to improve cropping, animal production, balancing environmental needs, etc.
To date, we’ve resisted the wholesale spread of GMO crops, and I hope they get the flick completely. A quick check showed we only grow GM cotton, Canola, Safflower and, for some reason, Carnations! Apparently ‘other’ crops are being ‘trialled’. Importation of GM food is another thing altogether.
Dairy Farmers have been treated appallingly, with the big grocery companies subsidising and selling milk at $1 a litre for years and Government doing little to assist. Only recently, following a steady decline in Dairy Farming, suicide rates, potential supply issues, and media outcry, did the big companies raise the price to keep their ‘cash cow’ churning. It’s still not good enough – I’d like to see milk production go back to the era when real co-operatives existed, milk was priced on market demand, and companies could only buy from co-operatives which couldn’t be owned or influenced by business.
In regards to specialising: for commodity (world market) crops or supplying a designated food-chain (canning factory, supermarket contract), there’s no real alternative. But, for local (national/regional) markets, specialising is usually a risky proposition for a variety of reasons – income from multi-cropping is by far more reliable than a single crop. For example: a Farmer may choose to grow only potatoes whilst their neighbour grows a mixed crop of corn, potatoes, greens and has chickens (eggs). There’s an unusual season and the potato crop fails. At least one of the Farmers has an income.
The traditional pre-WW2 farm was typically a multi-crop affair, selling fresh produce to nearby towns and cities via train and truck transport. It was economical because inputs and outputs on the farms were balanced (fertiliser from animals, feed sourced on-site or from neighbours farms), not influenced by trucking/grocery shop magnates who wanted to control every facet of the supply chain.
We now see a resurgence of these olde ways: ‘Farmers Markets’ and ‘Farm Gate’ stalls. At any of these markets/stalls you’ll find local raw produce like fruit, meat, eggs, etc. The savvy Farmer value adds and provides things like jams, wine, cheese, smoked meats to their counters = $$$$ (usually free of Mr. Taxman!)
Once I had a teacher who said that humans are by nature lazy and yes,in some way with subsidiry it is tru.Besides of that you loose your pride and to work for subsidires and you will never get a confirmation that you produce for the market and what people really want.
Mark Brunnr wrote:Part of the issue farmers face is growing crops that are super low margin and requires huge volume. If you can specialize into a niche or higher margin market there’s more profit potential and might not need so much investment in equipment. Perhaps the less automation it can handle the better, to avoid competition from massive, equipment based companies.
I have also come to that conclusion that specialisation is the best thing in everything.Over time you get better and more and more efficient in what you are doing.You need a limited amount of mashines and concentrate the resourses in maybe one specialized crop.
I have also noticed that specialized companys are they which survive and grew.Specialising is the key I think what ever it is.
r ranson wrote:New thought. Is there a way to remove the gasket for deep cleaning?
There is and little different ways depending the maschine.The princip is the same and the thing that can be little difficult is the spring((s) that holds the seal.But I am sure you can do it in maybe a couple of hours.I have done it to my maschine and there was some dirt so it is absoulte worth it.
r ranson wrote:So the area I spent two hours scrubbing with a toothbrush (one square inch) looks okay and things seem to be draining (for now). But this is not easy work for me and I worry about damaging the gasket.
Sooner or later I have to dig a new well.The waterlevel in the summer are getting lower and lower and last summer there were problems with water both to the animals and to the household.I have been looking around and asked people and the the very best I have seen so far was this.This is a well that will work.I just had to show it here because I was so impressed of the work this family have done.
So they set me up with this "team" that included bankers, agronomists, sheep specialists, etc. They came to my farm for a big meeting and soon HUGE numbers were being floated around.
Yes and each of them had at least 100 dollars salary an hour.There are so many"experts" want to make money out of absolutely nothing.What was it worth in real terms they walked their? A kick in the ass and goodbye is what they should be saluted wit.
Travis Johnson wrote:Want to hear something crazy? Everyday the milk truck leaves our farm, EVERYDAY. Christmas, Easter, Tuesday morning...everyday.
Yet the milk taken today will get taken to a plant where they mix the milk with sugar, and dilute it with water, then sell it for a variety of different products, and in two week the creamery will send us a check based on what THEY think it is worth. Keep in mind it has already been consumed by consumers all over New England, so we have no say in the matter, no taking our milk back, it is GONE, and we have no recourse but to accept the amount.
To put this in perspective, it would be like me coming to your farm, taking the firewood YOU cut, then after selling it for the most money that I can get out of it, turn around two weeks later and send you a check for what I think YOU should get paid for it. You have no say in the matter, it is what I think it is worth.
No other commodity in the world is run that way, but that is the crazy system we have for milk, but if it was not like that, milk would be $8 a gallon, and every kid in New England would have rotted teeth from drinking Cool-Aide and Soda.
A few years ago the Maine Milk Commission which sets the price of milk statewide, got caught with their pants down. Area farmers hired a professor to check the milk price formula. A Professor of Mathematics, he concluded that it was IMPOSSIBLE to calculate. The equation used was missing several key factors, but by guessing as best he could, the professor concluded that if his estimates were right, we were being shorted by several dollars per hundred weight!
Yes it is crazy.If the job being a farmer at least was a healthy way of living but it is not even that.Herbicides,pesticedes,exhaust from maschines,risks of accidents and so.It should absolute not be so and up on that slaves to the banks.
Rolf Olsson wrote:When I hear about farmers here in Sweden have to work outside the home and outside their farm I want to almost cry.They invest millions of dollars in new buildings for milkcows and so but still and maybe because of their heavy investments in new buildings they have to leave their homes working outside.
Many farmers I've known over the years have had to have an off-farm job in order to support their farming habit.
Why? is it so and why is the farmers work so little valued? It should be possible to at least one good wage based on an invest of one million dollars.I would see for example the plumber go to another work 16 pm.
I drink raw milk and the risks are very small but you can get really really sick.People must be allowed to make their own choise based on knowledge.I drink it myself but I would never pour it in another persons glass or sell it.Never because I am aware of the small but very dangerous risks,potential deadly risks.
darin glorioso wrote:I've an "if"/"and"/"then" sort of question.
If cows,especially organic and biodynamic cows not wearing insecticidal ear tags,are being fed on by deer ticks
And they have the bacterias/parasites which causes lyme disease in their blood
Then might those organisms be in the raw milk and be able to live outside the body?
Anyone know of data gathered regarding lyme bacteria and parasites in raw,even pasterized,milk products?
Btw,the cow here is Gheeta,a rescue from the slaughterhouse and perhaps america's one and only commercial ahimsa dairy cow.
Hello, just joined forum for this specific topic. In Lithuania, we do have several deaths each year from raw milk, that has been infected by ticks. As I live in Denmark problem is still here(not sure about actual death statistics here though). We're thinking of getting cow, finding source nearby of raw milk. How do I ensure that miln has not been infected?
I agree with you Romintė.The risks with raw milk is far more bigger then the perhaps good things.Not to mention the risk with Tuberculose.
When I hear about farmers here in Sweden have to work outside the home and outside their farm I want to almost cry.They invest millions of dollars in new buildings for milkcows and so but still and maybe because of their heavy investments in new buildings they have to leave their homes working outside.What is that worth to work as a farmer for nothing? but so is the market.
I live debt free but it does not mean I do not work but I work at home.Many of the works I do at home are tax free.Cutting fire wood,baking,sewing my clothes etc are all tax free.Why go outside the home to work,pay tax and buy your clothes,your bread and your fire wood? There has of course have to be income but living debt free is freedom in a way.
I had started with two small calfes.They are social animals and want company.Do not worry about the meat.Leave it to a good butcher and get it packed,inform your friends at Facebook and you wished you had more meat to sell.It is vey popular with meat produced close to the consumers.
When you have your calves,cuddle them and they will love you all their lives,almost like a dog.Green grass is the best fence.Electricity will be good and train them two or three times to the electric fence and they never touch it again.
My favorite tree is a beech.It is about 500 years old.Lovers have written their names and a lot of hearts to express their love.I love this tree because it triggers my imagination.It stands there proud and keep a lot of secrets in its inner.I use to ask this tree questions but it i good keeping secrets.
When I grew up my parents subscribed the family nagazine Reader's Digest.If you ever have red this magazine maybe also find then interesting with well written stories.We lived in a rural area with Reader's Digest was my contact with the big world.I red almost every article with interest.
The best memory from this magazine is the story about Mr:Red Adair.I red this article over and over again.In the nights I dreamt that I was called to firefight an oil well somewhere in the world.Yes,Red Adair was the firefighter of firefighters and he became my hero in my early childhood.I had fantasies that I rescued life and me myself was the hero in my day dreams.
Mr:Rea Adair had developed a teqniqe to firefight big fires.The teqniqe was to detonate a big bomb that took away the oxygen from the fire.
Mr Adair was one of my two big heroes when I was young.
And I can only guess but Europa is overwhelmed with criminal bands which steal agricultuar equipment and of course John Deere is a popular tractor to steal and if John Deere can remotely shut down a stolen tractor it will be fine.I understand where the needs to develop an pirate firmvare comes from.I would not buy it for two or three reasons.