Month: December 2014

All about you

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imageNot happy with your life? Then change it! If you are living to please everyone else then you will never be satisfied with life or be happy with yourself. You must decide what you want out of life and go for it. I know from experience that it is easier said then done. I used to feel guilty about putting myself first then I learned for my sanity that there are times that I must put myself first. No one else was stepping into play to put me first and the reason is because that was my job. I’m not saying make everything about you but what I am saying is make sure you are not left out.

You are the one that controls your happiness! Don’t be a doormat!

Don’t let the past define you

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imageNever Never Never allow your past to define you. That is why it’s called in the past because it is behind you. The best thing you can do with your past is learn from it and move on. If we all stayed focused on our past then we wouldn’t get anywhere today.

Everyday is a new day and a new chance to make a fresh start. It is not up to the people that have wronged you or things that didn’t go your way. It is all up to YOU!!! Only you can make the change and decide what you want in life and to be happy. When you figure that out then you are ready to roll and nothing can stop you. If you allow the past to hold you back then the past and everyone in it is winning.

So start TODAY!!! Write it on a post it and stick on your bathroom mirror if you must! TODAY IS THE DAY!! I know how I want my life to be and I’m going for it!!!

Take stepping stones if you must – one at a time and eventually they will get easier and easier.

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Don’t be afraid to fail

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Being afraid to fail is why most people don’t try. My philosophy is to jump in! If it works then great and if not then you have learned a lesson. At least you tried.
You can debate anything to death but you won’t know 100% until you at least try.
Give yourself a chance and try it! Winners are the ones that tried and never gave up.

Testing Poultry in Arkansas

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npipI have been receiving a lot of questions about private testers and NPIP, so I decided to do a quick rundown on the difference. ( I am a licensed tester for Arkansas).

Private Tester …..The NPIP Division licenses individuals to blood test birds for Salmonella pullorum, which also allows them to fill out 90 Day certificates for tested birds. Two schools are held per year for private individuals wanting to do this testing for county fairs, shows, flea markets, sales, etc. The schools are held in Fayetteville and in Little Rock. This licensing enables persons to blood test their own birds, as well as other individuals’ birds.

Flock Certification Program: NPIP

Flock Certification is available for waterfowl, exhibition poultry, and game bird flocks. This involves an annual inspection by a Livestock & Poultry official and farm testing of eligible poultry. If the farm is approved by NPIP, a certification is granted. The Flock Certificate is valid for one year and enables free movement regarding Salmonella pullorum requirements within the United States, as well as other countries.

For more information http://alpc.arkansas.gov/programs/Pages/NPIP.aspx or just ask me.

Crock Pot Deer and Rice

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Need a quick easy meal that will feed the family?

Recipe for deer shoulder or necks in crock pot

Place meat in crock pot
Place seasoning on top of meat and cut onions to place on top.
In a bowl take a can of beer, cup of sour cream, and one can of cream of mushroom soup. Mix up good and then place over meat.
Allow meat to cook all day in crock pot. When it starts falling off bone then take the bones out.
Cook about 2 cups of white rice and then add to crock pot.
Makes an awesome full filling family meal.

Deer Season and what it means

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I have had a lot of people ask me how to process deer and how to keep it from tasting gamey. I will eventually add a video but for now I will tell you the best I can.

After the deer is dressed out and quartered then you will need to put in a refrigerator or cooler. Make sure it stays good and cold for several days.

Once the meat has had time to rest then we start pulling out a little at a time and cutting into the choice of meats that we choose – normally steaks, cube meat, tenderloin, neck, and we even use the meat between the ribs for grind. We try not to waste any meat. Once meat is cut up then it goes into a sink of cold water with salt generously sprinkled over the top.

Allow meat to sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Drain the water and then package meat into freezer safe bags or vacuum seal it. We weigh out 2 lbs for all of our bags. We take the grind meat and grind it and use it for ground meat and to make sausage out of it. We also use hams to make deer jerky.

I have recipes to use for shoulders, necks, sausage and jerky. Stay tuned – I will be adding them later on.

We use this method on all of our wild game. Our entire family hunts and this allows our family to have meat all year round.

God is great and provides!deer

About our little farm

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We are a small family farm that has a variety of critters. We also take in rescues from time to time and just about every critter that ends up on the farm has a unique story.

I realize some people may be confused because we do eat SOME of the animals. Here is our take on things. We try to raise as much meat on the farm as we can for our own personal use and yes we also hunt. Every animal is well cared for and is humanely terminated and processed. We are not vegetarians nor will be pretend to be and by us raising our own meat we know exactly what was put in it. We also have a small garden that we freeze and can so that we can enjoy all winter long.

We have a horses and donkeys which are free to run and graze on more grass then they could ever eat. Several of them have rescuing or owner surrender.  When it fits our schedule we will take them to carnivals and we also give riding lessons.

We normally butcher a couple of meat pigs each year and then we have pet potbelly pigs. The potbelly pigs are huge pets but are also allowed to breed so that we can put the money back into feed, fence, etc.

Rabbits are raised for show, pets and meat. Currently the farm raises Californians, English Lops, and Dwarf Hotots. We are also currently working on a project meat rabbit.

Chickens, Turkeys, Quail, and Ducks are also raised for show, pets, meat and eggs. We are NPIP and can also test Poultry. The farm also does it own hatching and sells eggs or chicks.

The farm uses Chows to guard and protect our farm and they do an awesome job! Occasionally we do have pups for sale – We are not a puppy mill – we will not allow a dog to have more than one litter a year.

For oddball critters we have an African Spurred Tortoise and a crazy into everything racoon called Jazzy. Yes we have lots of variety and lots of stories to tell. You will never know what you will come across on our place. It’s hectic and we do work full time jobs along with kids in 4-H and school activities but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

SIDE NOTE: I will not tolerate bashing or negativity! You don’t like the way we run things then move along, we are not trying to force anything on you. This is just us and our way of life.

I also have a lot of people that contact me about animal or farm questions and advice – I AM NOT A VET but I do have lots of information on all kinds of wild and domesticated animals in which I don’t mind sharing. It does take up more time and I don’t require any kind of payments but donations are welcome.

We now have set up Paypal donations and yahoo messenger to make things easier. You can find out more information on both at goodwinfamilyfarms.com

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