Sheep lose about half their weight going from live weight to hanging weight. Live weight is just what it sounds like- the weight of the animal “on the hoof.” Hanging weight is just after the animal has been butchered and it’s “hanging” on the rail. At that point, you subtract the hide, head, blood mass, the internal organs, and typically the leg below the front knee and hind hock joint.
The weight loss between live and hanging weight varies- partly by breed. But the biggest influencer is what the animal is “full of.” Pastured animals are full of more water and fiber, so will lose more weight during butchering than an animal that has been largely grain-fed. Animals which are transported for a day before slaughter will also yield higher percentages, because they’ve “emptied out” of most of their water and food. I believe a really excellent yield for a transported, feedlot lamb is around 58%. Pastured animals are lower, hovering around 50%.
With uncertain times of today and depressions of the past there are many myths and facts of preserving foods certain ways to prep yourselves in case of instant hardships and or a downright economic collapse. Today’s topic will be eggs. can have 2 main values hatching and eating so since we are talking about preserving let us stick with long term storage. Some people think that if you just set an egg out room temperature it will rot and it will IF it is a store-bought egg or if a fresh egg has been scrubbed clean. Fresh unwashed eggs have a layer called a “Bloom” or also called a cuticle. The eggs pores are sealed preventing bacteria from entering the egg and prevents loss of moisture.
Washing eggs or “Pasteurizing” eggs removes this protective layer breaking down the egg in a short amount of time this includes chicken, duck, goose and any egg you might want to eat. At our home, even if we wash our eggs and keep in a cool dry place (room temp) away from sunlight and not refrigerate we can still eat them within a one-month time and we have NEVER gotten ill or notice odor or taste difference. BUT what if you want to preserve them? Pickling does not have a long shelf life, sawdust and other storage methods only give you a 50/50 shot at best but there is a method, a proven not well-known method for preserving and storing eggs to eat without refrigerating them for a year (12 mo.) or more.
Now before I get started let me say this, at any time that these eggs reach a temperature of 88°F – 100°F for a full 24 – 36 hours either cook and eat them right away or scramble them up and either feed them to your dogs and cats or your friends and relatives also freeze in feeding portions. It is good for them and NOTHING is wasted. If you do not have birds that lay fresh eggs catch eggs on sale at the store buy what you plan on preparing.
NOTE: DO NOT USE SOAP TO WASH EGGS! SUPPLIES FOR PROJECT
Egg’s store bought or fresh washed eggs.
Foam scrubbing pads.
Paper towels, a sponge helps apply and paper towels to dry.
Mineral oil (any brand)
Egg cartons (Jumbo if you have duck eggs, goose eggs & larger use boxes and newspapers)
Both Black & Red permanent markers.
Wash your fresh eggs and simply rinse store bought eggs and set on rack or colander to dry.
Set your clean egg cartons stacked, try to get same shape type some brands us different styles making stacking difficult.
Leave eggs soaked DO NOT WIPE OFF.
Place your eggs inside your egg cartons and after you close your carton, take your Black or Blue permanent marker and put your preparation date on the carton, take your Red marker and put the date you want to rotate those eggs out. We know if they are stored in a cool dry place with no sunlight that the minimum is 9 months and 12 months is so very common with no issues.
Place in a cool dry place away from sunlight, DO NOT REFRIGERATE!
We will cover allot of different things as far as preserving foods or at least lengthening the time a certain food can be stored and, on this website, use the search word or tag of #LongTermFoodStorage and or #PreppingTips #EggPrepping
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Sorry about the slow post with January and February weather things just severely slowed down and the work didn’t. We have 8 Goat kids of now 4 doe’s and 4 buckling’s. One large male buckling will go to market and 2 doe kids will be kept, a Nubian and a Saanen to be dairy goats. 3 Buckling Kids, 2 Doe Kids and 3 adult does will also be sold off the farm or go to auction.
We currently have 41 duck eggs in the incubator at this time and 8 ducklings and 1 chick up for sale and waiting on the Royal Palms to start laying and we will begin incubating those the day they start laying. We should again have Great Pyrenees puppies in May 13th 2021 or pretty close. This years puppies will include and be.
Total Purchase price of $300.00 and $150.00 of that will be a non refundable deposit unless the animal dies or injured before taking custody of the canine. At 6 weeks we will give them a spectra 9 vaccination as an aid in the prevention of disease caused by Canine Distemper, infectious Canine Hepatitis, Canine Adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2), Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Parvovirus Type 2b, Leptospira Canicola, Leptospira Grippotyphosa, Leptospira Icterohaemorrhagiae, Leptospira Pomona. This will be at no extra charge, by this time you need to decide on chipping your dog, If you choose to chip him or her we will add an additional charge of $25.00 this will assure that should your animal become lost or stolen you can prove the canine is yours and we keep records as well to verify you were the original owner bought from our farm.
We will keep everyone updated on the progress, this year though their will be absolutely no holds without a deposit due to a couple deals that fell through so instead of naming names it will be a first deposit first serve.
Metro East Farms is located in Rural New Douglas, IL on the Bond County side.
On November 19th 2020 our Great Pyrenees had 11 puppies. We have three adult dogs two females and one make, this particular litter is from Radar O’Riley and the mother Annabelle La ‘Bella. The mother and father and other female have been raised in the pasture living with livestock such as goats and have never been inside a house strictly Barnyard dogs so these puppies will be acclimated with Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys and Goats, Radar has one confirmed Coyote kill. They are excellent livestock protection dogs if a wild animal gets into the parameter of the fence surrounding your pasture it is as good as dead so if you have cats or other dogs make sure you socialize them with them as they are growing up it will be fine.
So here is a batch of pictures, Each picture has a number and sex, pictures with number and name have had deposits paid on them and are NOT available. Those with just number and sex are still available. We change picture status within 10 hours of deposit. The deposit it non-refundable unless the animal dies, permanently injured or becomes diseased and buyer wishes to be released from agreement, Read text below pictures for complete details on the what, how and when. They are NOT registered but full blooded Great Pyrenees $200.00 total Male or Female.
To choose an animal make sure you take down the number and sex and send a text to *217-800-6448* to receive availabity of that particular puppy. If it is available and you want that animal you can handle it one of two ways. One Pay 50% deposit on that animal and receive updates and photos until pick up date or set up appointments to visit your puppy when ever you want up to the day you pick him/her up. We take PayPal you can use Credit or debit cards or we have a Point Of Sale (POS) and able to accept them here in person as well and we also cash. Any payments through cards in PayPal requires a 5% on deposit and a 5% on final payment either way a 5% covers the charges placed by PayPal.
ALL puppies will receive a Spectra Canine Distemper, infectious Canine Hepatitis, Canine Adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2), Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Parvovirus Type 2b, Leptospira Canicola, Leptospira Grippotyphosa, Leptospira Icterohaemorrhagiae, Leptospira Pomona Vaccination’s at 6 weeks. Depending on how quickly Annabelle weans her puppies and they transition to dog food they can be scheduled for pick up starting December 31, 2020 to January 14, 2021 ( 6 – 8 weeks old) You will want to set up an appointment for your dog with your vet for his/her Rabies vaccination this is because your first vaccination is for one year, if you take him/her when required you can get the three year rabies vaccination in Illinois for a 3 year period.
Illinois – an animal rabies vaccine recognized as conveying a 3-year immunity is administered to a dog which is at least 1 year of age at the time of vaccination, that vaccination shall be recognized for a period of 3 years.
Missouri – Appears to have only a 1 year option available
Click here to see our Great Pyrenees agreement that is sent by email for each individual dog. Any questions can be directed to me at 217-800-6448 Monday – Friday 7:00 Am to 6:00 Pm CST. Saturday 7:00 Am to 9:00 Pm and Sunday 7:00 to Noon CST. Visitation can be scheduled after hours but only by setting an appointment a minimum of 2 days in advance.
Hello and welcome to another Metro East Farms update. October was kind of rough we lost a very good dog that we rescued many years ago. he passed away mid-October; he will be sorely missed. We have had a few changes we have added 5 Pekin ducks (Hens) and a Saanen dairy goat that we think may be pregnant. She was bottle fed and was raised in the former owner’s home until weaned and she is very affectionate to humans. She is 2 years old, this makes 3 dairy goats on the farm Willow a Alpine, Dolly Pardon a Nubian and Rosa Blanco a Saanen the name is “White Rose in Spanish.
We have received another $100.00 which will be spent on metal water bowls for the rabbits. We are making a DYI water warmer to keep it from freezing the hopes re to add a thermostat to kick on the entire system on when the temp reaches 34F outside temperature. We will be putting plastic over the fronts of the rabbit hutches to keep out the weather as much as possible.
As some may know we rescued 3 Great Pyrenees livestock dogs. They are strong mountain dogs standing up to 33 inches at the shoulder and can get to 120+ pounds for a male and 80-100 pounds for a female 100 pounds. These guardians are very calm, but they can quickly spring aggressively into action and move with grace and speed to meet a threat to your livestock. A full-grown dog can easily kill a Coyote, Fox, Raccoons, Opossums and anything that wanders into the fenced in boundaries even other dogs and cats.
These dogs protect all your livestock including fowl and poultry, you just must raise them and acclimate them to the idea that they are to be protected not eaten. They have lush weatherproof coat is all white, or white with markings of beautiful shades of gray, tan, reddish-brown, or badger. I hear that the tan black markings are harder to find but only one of this litter is pure white and yes they are full blooded Great Pyrenees.
All the 8 does are pregnant I am pretty good and figuring out if a doe is going to be twins or a single birth, this year it looks like 6 sets of twins and two singles, after weaning I defiantly be milking 3 for sure, however I have milked the others but only got a quart and a half per goat per day. The 3 dairy breeds should double or triple the amount per goat per day. I enjoy milking but when they give a small amount it’s just not the effort unless you really need it.
Hello Friends, today we are going to talk about Poultry, specifically today we will talk about winterizing your hen house and helping your chickens to be comfortable during the winter months.
Chickens are resilient in pretty much all seasons however, Winter can be stressful and with the cold and shorter days they may slow down on laying or stopping all together, the other issue is eggs freezing before you harvest them. Here we harvest eggs each morning and evening when we lock the birds up for the night.
Chickens and other poultry lay best when the days are longer, and the temperature is tolerable because they lay the most eggs when they believe they can hatch babies it’s like fooling their clocks. We have timers on our lights that kick on at 5 Pm Central time to 11:00 Pm this gives them over 14 hours of light. It doesn’t matter if it’s sunlight, it just had to be light.
When the sun begins to set the timers kick on the lights and ALL the poultry and water fowl will head for the Poultry House and begin roosting so that when we come out they are already roosting and all we do is shut the doors to keep them protected from predators even though we have 3 Great Pyrenees ‘that roam the goat pasture which surrounds the chicken pen and house. (Great Pyrenees’ are livestock protection dogs by their breed. We keep the lights on timers in the summer, but the times change to 6 Pm to 9 Pm CST because they will go to roost without having to chase down poultry.
As said before chickens are hardy BUT they can get frostbite and fall prey to sickness. We take a couple heat lamps lamps (Make sure they have a safety cage on them see picture) and a small heater (Chicken house is 18 Ft Long 6 Ft deep and 7 ½ feet high) this is enough heat to bring the temperatures up high enough to keep the eggs from freezing and give the chickens a way to get at least some comfort. It’s not that they will die but that they are comfortable just think about your comfort and you will understand.
Eggs freezing and busting is another concern and with the heat lamps and heaters (Safety tipping switch suggested, Heat lamps safer) it will bring the temperatures just high enough to prevent freezing and bursting. But they are other things that need to be done. Here at Metro East Farms the first determination was extreme heat and cold, so the poultry house was orientated so that the door faces East this is because the United States the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. In the summer the sun comes up in the east rising and going across the southern horizon and finally setting in the west.
It is much cooler in the morning and as it goes across the southern horizon it gets warmer and eventually hotter before setting in the west. 95% of our storms in the spring and summer come from the south west towards the East and North East driving rain into buildings not oriented thoughtfully. WINTER is another story the sun still rises and sets the same way however most Fall and Winter comes from the North and North West again driving weather such as obscene cold temperatures, sleet and snow into building not oriented with thought.
The BEST orientation for chicken houses, rabbit hutches, dog houses and even barns are best if the entrances and fronts of rabbit hutches face the East because it gets light, no hot sun directly into the buildings and or weather and trees will help providing some shade in the summer and fall and winter no leaves it will benefit from the sun hitting the buildings.
The other thing to consider is insulation this can be done cheaply fiberglass insulation rolls are cheap, Generic paneling or super thin paneling is cheap and it’s able to keep the temperatures more consistent. One other thing is air circulation, DON’T cover your ventilation openings instead only cover ¾ of the ventilation area. We have a hole at both the top and bottom we cover the bottom opening screen completely except for a 1-inch gap at the top of the bottom opening and then we cover the top opening screen ¾ to allow the ammonia and such to escape
I hope this has helped you. I know some people will disagree there always is someone that thinks they are a professional or a know it all, but this is how we do it and it works and that is what is important. BUT don’t feed your chickens inside the poultry house many reasons but I’ll let you google that. You can place water inside to keep thawed but be aware you’re probably going to have to clean the container more. Here we use a floating Anti-Ice device that keeps the temperatures high enough to prevent freezing. We use a 15-gallon galvanized tub and 2 kiddie swimming pools for the ducks HOWEVER we don’t fill the kiddie pools when freezing is in a 24-hour window because ducks require water to moisten food so they can swallow.
I hope this helps, please consider joining our mailing list here on Metro East farms so you receive the newsletters and post in your EMail.
It’s obvious that any post that was a non-Democrat vote was struck swiftly by Facebook and for 1 post that was posted back in February and one post in March that was both Pro-Trump and against the Liberal and socialist agenda. I am banned for 30 days with 15 left. I have received phone calls and emails that they were trying to contact me via Facebook, and I am unable to respond to anyone.
When someone can’t exorcise their 1st, amendment rights I am not sure I will stay on Facebook and might pull all pages and groups and find another form of media. So If I decide to pull everything off Facebook I will Give notification 30 days before we do.
We train and socialize small farm animals such as chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, goats, puppies and dogs to nursing homes to visit with the residents. We often take these animals inside the facility and the residents are allowed to hold, cuddle, pet and feed them while we are there for the event at no charge to the seniors or the facility.
We also are available to take these same animals to the mentally and physically disabled as well as autistic children’s birthday parties. Within a 50-mile radius of New Douglas, IL at no charge to the clients in Illinois. (Missouri may include a fuel fee)
We survive on donations and income received from animals, products or crafts made by Metro East Farms to go right back into the estimated $5,000.00 yearly budget. These sales make up about 60% of the operations with a estimated 40% from contributions by either cash, supplies such as new or used wood, fencing, feed and other items that can be utilized by the organization.
The pandemic has hit us hard where regular donations came in as a steady flow since then has trickled to a alarming level due to loss of jobs and uncertainty of their income situation has had people to keep reserves in case needed which is understandable which is why we are pleading for new sponsors, supporters or one time donators.
We are pleading for donations at this time to cover that last $550.00 needed for straw used as bedding and the remaining towards feed that will be bought before seasonal prices rise. We store the feed bought so that we don’t give winter prices for grains and other feeds.
Donators of $10.00 or more will receive a letter of appreciation on our letterhead and signed by the president of the organization. Your name will be placed on the donators list on our website under donator/supporters and any donation of $20.00 per year we will assign you an animal you get to choose what species such as Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys, Rabbits, Goats or our Great Pyrenees livestock guard dogs. You will get a list of available animals you can choose from. We show you a list of available animals for sponsorships and when you choose that animal we tag or leg band the animal with a serial number and you also will be able to give that animal a name (No nasty names rated G only) at that $20.00 per year donation level we send you photos of your animals quarterly which will NOT be posted anywhere by us. Those are YOUR photos and you own the rights to them therefore if you found a legal way to sell or let someone use a photo for monitory gain on a photo we send you in your quarterly update the copyright is yours entirely because we gave up ownership of what we sent you.
If you are local to the local area of New Douglas, IL area and would like to volunteer your time to help out on the farm or at events we can offer you the same options and still be considered a donator/supporter/volunteer/sponsor
Please consider donating to our cause, Call or email us if you want to buy feed, supplies and such and send it if you don’t want to send cash. Then you for the time of reading this letter.
Metro East Farms
83 Mettlerville Lane
New Douglas, IL 62074
Today I am taking a day off of chores other than the typical feeding and daily head counts or dogs, Goats, Ducks, Rabbits and Turkeys and I normally do that 3 – 4 times a day and nightly lock up of the birds (Poultry).
While we have had some donations come in such as $200.00 for hay and a few other donations as listed on the September 2020 report. Has helped but more is needed such as some of our normal donors couldn’t donate because of financial changes due to the worldwide COVID-19 Pandemic. We have still yet to cover the rest of straw used in bedding and the rest of the feed needed until early or mid-spring 2021.
We estimate a remaining operation balance would be about $350.00 and we will be fine until we can start up events again at the nursing homes and hopefully our regular donors would have a better financial situation to once again help support us.
We appreciate anything even if it’s a dollar or new/used supplies or certain feeds we use including hay or straw for bedding.
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Metro East Farms
83 Mettlerville Lane
New Douglas, IL 62074