I have so much to say about this but will keep it short as I can!
The society today does not understand the life cycle of the world/animals. They all want to be do gooders and they are NOT. They want everything to be warm hugs and puppies – THAT IS NOT LIFE!! They want to bash people that make their livings caring for livestock, etc without knowing the facts. All they are doing is HARMING them – they are not helping. Not all/most animals are meant to be OUTSIDE, IN THE ELEMENTS, ON THE GROUND, AND THEIR PURPOSE IN LIFE IS TO COMPLETE A LIFE CYCLE!!
So before you decide to become a do gooder and cause grief for not only the caretakers but the animals -then you need to spend time in the environment that the animal is BROUGHT into this world for. You need to research how that animal has been cared for in the centuries before you decide that you had a BRIGHT IDEA to put clothes on them, bring them into a house, babied like a human being.
Sheep are meant to be sheared!! If not then they can have major issues – it doesn’t hurt them. They are also a source of food.
Cows are meant to be milked ! It doesn’t hurt them and dairies don’t milk them ALL day nor do they RIP the young off of them NOR do they kill their young. Cows are also meant to be used for food.
Bison aka Buffalo are meant to be WILD!! These animals and all the above were equipped by the good LORD above to survive all kinds of elements.
STAY AWAY FROM WHAT YOU HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSED UNLESS YOU UNDERSTAND THE CYCLES OF LIFE!!!!
I 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.
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.
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