Happy New Year 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable New Years. Tom and I spent the evening with our "goat friends", Al and Denise.
So here is my New Years resolution...
-I'm going on a diet and exercise program. I'd really like to loose 20 lbs. I'm not at all happy about the way I look, and my back hurts quite a bit. I'm "doing Atkins".
I know Atkins isn't for everyone, but I feel really good when I'm on it. (My blood type is O-) I like eating meat and vegetables, and as one get's closer to goal weight on Atkins, nuts, fruit, and more veggies and whole grains are allowed. If only I didn't love pizza and White Castle so much!
I could use some "meat on the hoof" advice from some of you.
I do have concerns about all the antibiotics and other drugs and garbage in meat. I'd love to start raising most of my own "meat" but I'm not too sure how to go about it on a larger scale. I'm open to suggestions.
I've had my own chickens for years for meat and eggs. They don't always lay, but our local grocery store does have organic eggs for those times. I like giving my hens time off when their bodies need it, I've never manipulated lighting or anything like that to force them to lay more.
I'll have to start raising a lot more chickens if I want to supply my own meat. I'd like a breed that I can buy as day-olds from McMurrey or Ideal and breast out at 2-3 months of age. I do know how to butcher, scald, gut and all that, but for convenience I'd rather just breast them out maybe take the legs, nice and easy, and freeze the meat.
I also really miss having turkeys, and am considering either picking up a primative (non-broad breasted) turkey breed, or buying BB poults from a hatchery and having those processed.
I can also have a few lambs butchered every year. The Clun Mules should work great for that.
I've been debating my own cow for several years now. Raise one up to 18 months, and have it processed. But wow that's a lot of meat for one person (my DH doesn't eat red meat or poultry.) And with the price of hay....Maybe I'll just buy "organic" by the quarter from someone. Does that make more sense?
I loved having pigs, but oh that smell! I just can't deal with the smell and the flies over the summer! Has anyone tried getting hogs in the fall, and overwintering them? And butchering them in the spring?
Thinking aloud. My good intentions sometimes fizzle out as the year get's busier in the spring, but I can't give up on trying to build healthier eating habits. Can't keep doing what I've been doing. Looking back on this post, I see I'm dreaming big! (my goodness, my own cow?)
Thanks for any advise you all can give, and may everyone have a wonderful 2009!