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.

Turning the compost

Turning the compost we think is important, but what maybe real important is how often. Some people turn theirs once a week and some dont turn theirs at all. We think at least once every two months. Sometimes we do it as often as every two weeks. As long as you monitor your compost you will know when or when not to turn. Also yes we are human and we forget and dont always turn ours when we should so dont feel bad if you miss a turning date.

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  • How active. If it is active then we leave it till it starts to become inactive. It needs to do its thing so lets let it. Remember activity creates heat. Lots of activity makes lots of heat.
  • How hot. If it is HOT then we dont touch it. If we do anything we add water if it gets to extreme. When your pile gets active it will get hot and remember activity creates heat and you are on the right path, but you will need to monitor the heat. We use a compost thermometer.
  • How wet. Being in such a dry climate in south Texas it is very important to watch the moisture in the compost. We always add water when turning the compost. Sometimes we will add water even when not turning. Especially during our hot summer months. Remember the little active microbes in there are living and need water. We use a moisture meter also.
  • Oxygen. The little living microbes, worms, bugs, etc. need air like we do. So try to make sure you have something in your compost such as straw, cardboard, etc. to trap and hold oxygen in the compost pile.
  • Fertilizer. You dont need much if any fertilizer when composting. Also puts us in more of a natural gardening sense. If you do need some fertilizer or something in your soil you can add it to the compost and it will help your so20140705_142029il along with the compost.
  • Dont turn it!!! Sometimes people turn their compost to often and it never has the chance to get hot or active enough. If its hot then, then its active. If its active it will get hot. So if its hot and active dont touch it. You need to turn it when it begins to cool down and starts becoming less active.
  • Tools. Not so much about the compost, but makes doing it easier. Right tools and the job is easier. In this case you can see we use our tractor. It makes short work and since we always have very little time it really speeds up the process. Its like having a dozen people with shovels and wheel barrows.

 

There is a lot more to composting than just what we have mentioned here, but this is great basics to get you going. Below you can see the thermometer and moisture meter we use. Good Luck.