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Jeff Marchand

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I have used cedar shaving. Takes longer but they do compost. But i often use wood pellets for wood stoves. They are compressed sawdust afterall . Works great but less is more as they expand. If you have to buy that's what I'd recommend.
3 months ago
I forgot to mention that ruminants, especially big ones like cattle have trillions upon trillions of microbes busily breaking down grasses in their rumens.  Each one probably produces a nano calorie of waste heat per day so a well fed cow has a portable furnace between their spine and belly button to keep them warm.  If their bellies are full of hay they are warm. I have no experience raising cattle on corn, I suspect that may not be true then.  
3 months ago
ug messed up on my quote above.

Anyhoo,
Ive raised Highlands, Black Angus, Charlais and now am settling in on Herefords.  Herefords 'cause are famously good mothers.

Yes Highlands are hardy but so are any other British Beef Breeds in my opinion.  My Highlands did just fine outside with no shelter in my Canadian winters, but so did my other beef cattle. Charlais is French and they did fine too in cold but ones I got did nt do well on grass.  I raise beef for sale and I find the Highlands are too slow growing to be profitable.  Highland cows will figure out how to put their head in a round bale feeder.  I have had excellent success cross breeding Highlands with other breeds.  You get cross breed vigor.  They grow nice and fast.  Biggest stocker I ever raised was from a Holstein-Black Angus (aka Black White Face) cross bred to a Highland bull.  Hybrid vigour with lots of milk from mom with her dairy heritage.

I dont currently have any shelter for my grass fed beef, so I would never consider any pure dairy cow or any breed from a southern climate like an Indian or African.  

How winter hardy are Texas Longhorns? Anyone know?
3 months ago

Based on what I've read, highlands are an extremely hardy cattle breed and hold up to cold temps better than most, however the fluffy coat poses a bit of a challenge in areas with hot humid summers, they struggle a little more than a more smooth-coated breed.  Additionally one of the big challenges with them (as well as any other horned breed, but these have longhorn-type horns - big and wide) is if you want to use a more standard working equipment or bale feeder, you may have to account for their horns, as they can't get their heads through a headgate or loop type bale feeder the way a breed with more compact horns might.  

3 months ago
I'm invested in Nouveau Monde Graphite (NOU.V on Vancouver Venture exchange and NMG on NYSE).  They are a graphite miner in Quebec that plans to extract and  purify the graphite then sphericalize it into battery grade anode material for EV and electrical storage.  They are aiming to do everything with clean hydro-electricity which is abundant in Quebec vs the very dirty fossil fuel based synthetic graphite from China.  Graphite accounts for about 47% of lithium ion batteries. There is going to be a massive global shortage of graphite by 2025.  I am kinda all in of NOU. I feel really good about my investment not only from a personal finance situation but because I honestly feel that I am helping to build the world I want to see.  

I am hoping that NOU will make me somewhat rich actually.  My dream is  using some of the proceeds  to buy a local , conventional farm that has been abused and degraded by chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, mono-cultures and annual tillage and turn it into a permaculture demonstration farm a la Joel Salatin, Greg Judy, and Gabe Brown.

Not financial advice by the way, but I encourage everyone to invest in companies that will get us off oil and gas.  I believe we are in a super-cycle like we have not seen since the start of the oil age.  There is vast amounts of money to be made, and will be made.  In my view it would be better if some at least would be made by permaculturalists who can then direct some of their profits to other pressing needs like food security, desertification, and biodiversity to name a few.  
3 months ago
Cows.  My fields were pure stands of goldenrod when I put my cattle in 10 years ago.  I dare you to find some now.
3 months ago
Hi! Geat thread. The problem as I see things is there are lots of great people here from all over the world. The thing is while I am single with no one in my life I am in love. With my land. I suspect most people on in this thread are the same. It's a big ask to expect me to sell the land I have poured my blood sweat and tears into for 16 years and move to be with someone I met on permits singles. How can I expect the same from anyone else?  Sure would be great to share my piece of paradise with someone. To split the chores and companionship and someone to share the trials and tribulations with would be wonderful.

For what's it's worth I'm a 53 year old swm in Eastern Ontario who raised grass fed beef on 50 acres.

Have a great day everyone.
4 months ago
Hi Athena. 53 year swm here from Eastern Ontario. Your mention of an 89 year old dad triggered me to reply. My dad is 89 too so but has dimentia. Mom is 86 but in the hospital and may loose toes due to poor circulation. Their property is 10 acres too.

Siblings and I will have to likely put Dad in a home as he can no longer take care of himself and mom can't anymore.  That day we always knew was inevitable is fast approaching and I am a bit bummed.

You are to be commended on going back home to take care of your father.

Best of luck to you.
4 months ago
Dog groomers could be another good source of hair.
Your own urine is another great source of nitrogen.  Just dilute it before applying.  
Hello Marianne,

Greetings from Canada!

I am a single 53 year old man in Eastern Ontario, about halfway between Ottawa and Montreal.  I have 2 beautiful 19 year twin daughters who live away studying at University.  I also have a farm dog.

I began homesteading here on my 50 acres 12 years ago.  In that time I have  raised pigs, poultry, goats, and grass fed beef. I have found that beef are the best animal for me given the time available and for my land--- they really help to heal long neglected pastures.  I also have a large vegetable garden.  I heat my custom built house with wood I cut from my own maple bush.  Whenever possible I try to be self sufficient but there are only so many hours in the day and one can do only so much on their own!   I have started my own cider orchard and hope to when I retire in 4 years to start a microcidery as well as a maple syrup operation.

I am a career public servant with a good income and will have a nice pension.  I am 5'11'' and about 200lbs, with brown curly hair with touches of gray. I too dont have any photos handy but that can be easily remedied.

I am also an atheist and that will not change, but I have no problem with people of faith and would respect your beliefs so long as you respect mine.  There are many churches in the area.

Best to correspond to me by email .  My address is my lastname[dot]myfirstname@gmail.  Have a great day!
6 months ago