No Hunting Purple

No Hunting Purple

You will wear Orange if you ignore the PURPLE !!! Do you know why in Texas and some other states you see the color No Hunting Purple in odd locations? You may see it on gates, fence post, trees, etc. It is real simple it means NO TRESPASSING !!!

I’m going to start off very simple and say if you see the color No Hunting Purple painted on fence posts, trees, etc turn back while you can. It holds the same weight and the same laws apply as a posted sign reading no trespassing. The state of Texas adopted this law in 1997 after Arkansas started it in 1989.

This helps land owners from replacing the signs that people keep using for target practice or high winds blow away. This also helps notify the public of private land.

One of the big problems is educating the public on this subject. They need to understand the color purple is more than just a movie when it is found on trees or fences. If you are going to use the No Hunting Purple on your property you need to make sure to do it right. It is required that you make it at least 8 inches long by 1 inch wide and placed between 3 and 5 feet off the ground. It also needs to be visible. The purple markings should be 100 feet apart on forest land and at least every 1,000 feet on other lands.

The idea of purple may not be very manly as it is smart. The reason they decided on the color purple is because most color blind people can see the color purple. There are several states that use paint as no trespass markings, but not all are the color purple.

In conclusion it is real simple. I will be buying me some No Hunting Purple paint in a rattle can. I will mark the boundaries of my property and other areas just to be sure it is noticed. Remember it is the same as a No Trespassing sign and holds the same weight and laws as the sign does.

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Do I need a hay ring?

Do I Need A Hay Ring?

Do I need a hay ring? YES!!! Everyone has done the research that shows you will lose as much as 55% of the round bale with out doing any type of containment on it. I watched and / or read about one that lost as little as 5% +/- with this fancy high dollar hay feeder. I’m not gonna reinvent the wheel here, but some math needs to be put out there I believe.
Just a plain hay ring cuts this drastically and if you put something on the inside bottom to catch the hay (like we show you in the video) I would guess you are losing less than 25% now. You could also buy one that already has a catch or containment solid ring around the bottom.

Here is a scenario that is similar to what we look at here on our little farm every year.
30 round bales X $50 ea. = $1,500
If you loose 50% that is 15 bales or $750 just wasted. Gone. Bye-Bye.
Hay ring 25% or less. Now you are only losing 7.5 bales or $375.

In the scenario above we could say you are losing, but honestly you are GAINING 7.5 bales or saving $375.  Now we can buy approximately 23 bales instead of 30 or have 7 extra bales hopefully by the end of hay season. Just by investing one time in a simple hay ring we have cut our yearly cost of hay by over $300. Having a basic hay ring will pay for itself in the first year in most cases and in ours it will pay for itself twice in the first year.

Now it gets better. What about your time, fuel, transportation, etc for feeding those 7.5 bales. Now you don’t have that cost either. You now have easily saved over $400 when considering the above scenario.

If your saving money your making money!!!

Organic Livestock? Is there a such thing?

Organic Livestock

Wanted to share a video feeding our livestock produce. We give this to cows, chickens, pigs, etc. This is almost 100% all natural organic.

Does this mean we have almost all natural organic livestock?

I’m not sure if we do or not, but we are probably as close as possible. We have an agreement with a store that we will pick up what they believe cannot be sold or the consumer won’t buy. We have been doing this for years!!! I highly recommend finding yourself a place of this nature. As you can see from the video below the animals just love it. We believe in trying to make our animals be the closest they can to organic livestock. Their nutrition value has sky rocketed. It’s really amazing seeing how shiny their coats, fur, etc is. If this stuff was considered garbage I really couldn’t tell you what is the bigger garbage disposal. The cow or the pig. Although each species seem to have slightly different preferences they both will still eat everything put in front of them. I’m talking from pineapples to bananas to cabbage to carrots. It is truly awesome. We are also helping our contact stay green by them not throwing this precious organic livestock feed in the trash.

Also we need to keep in mind what people feed their produce as much as what they feed their animals. If their feeding all kinds of pesticides, fertilizer, etc. to the produce then it’s in you and anything else that consumes it. These are some things we all need to consider when buying at the local grocery store and in our experience the best is what you grow or buy from a small farmer.

When doing this it is a enter at your own risk type deal.