SITREP From The Farm (And What’s Left Of Free America)

A worn out old cowboy

Just a quick situation report.  Nope, I haven’t abandoned the blog and yes I am literally busier than a one legged man in an asskicking contest.  I have so many irons in the fire right now the prioritization is kind of a jumble.

The next blog entry is awaiting some refining of graphics.  I am going to take a basic photoshop course at the local clown college so my dependence on a graphics smart guy will be nil.  But in the meantime This is a little glimpse into my world:

I’ve got two 3 day SUT classes scheduled over the next month.  Since thanksgiving I have run two different groups through a full weekend course short notice.  Demand is high folks – on everyone.  Especially with the insanity going on.

The incoming county Sheriff (whom incidentally is my second cousin and a helluva Constitutionalist) has asked me to put together a framework for a volunteer force to guard local schools in both an armed and unarmed capacity.  This is currently priority one on my taskers.

Apparently I am now also the local gunsmith ironing out AR builds for folks that have attempted to put their own rifles together.  Folks please if you lack the tools or knowledge get with someone that has done it before.  It saddens me when I see a ruined high dollar upper.

A big one:  I along with most of the other local beef ranchers here have pulled our stock from the public market.  We’re selling to private parties only at what amounts to a lower rate than supermarkets charge.  We finagled a local butcher to slaughter and package the beef once it’s sold (so in essence folks are buying a live beef and for their cost getting a final product).  Why is this important?  We’re making more money, people are saving money and we’re throwing the finger to the markets.  Watch this type of movement because it’s going to gain momentum and is already happening in several states.  And not just beef either.  A friend of mine whom is a major supplier to Tyson poultry didn’t renew his contract with them after they tried to force him to lower his price.  He went local and he’s making more and folks are saving more.  Bottom line:

The Inner cities may control the vote but by God we control the food.  And to the man we’re ready to scorch the earth before we let them take it away.

Once the taskers clear up a bit I’ll hit this harder but for now my focus is local, local, local.  As should yours be.

 

 

 

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Semi-retired career and contract troop. I own and maintain my own small ranch out here in beautiful rural America.
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30 Responses to SITREP From The Farm (And What’s Left Of Free America)

  1. Dan says:

    You are right…..the country folk do control the food.
    Expect Mordor on the Potomac to move, both legally and
    with boots on the ground to address that issue when they
    realize what is happening.

    • CJ says:

      What happens to the countryside (and the people in it) when it’s no longer needed for food production? It might be coming sooner than you think. Google search “Verticrop”.

      http://vancouverfoodster.com/tag/verticrop/

      • Treaded says:

        Do you know of a way to stack cattle, hogs, the massive amount of corn needed to feed (and add to fuel), and wheat? That worries me about as much as wanker ass Piers Morgan getting his feelings hurt.

      • Dov says:

        If the country is no longer needed for food production, they might even leave us alone! Who-hoo!

      • eric blair says:

        they finally leave us alone?

  2. riverrider says:

    we can live without them, they can’t live without us. let’s show them that truth. we’re getting chickens this spring, and maybe a pig or two. clearing land for goats as time permits. putting in raised beds for veggies. the agricorp can sell their crap to china, i’m eating real food. looking forward to the article tho, we really need the advice now more than ever. merry christmas, have a happy new year.

    • riverrider says:

      ps- would love an AAR of the training. the last one was a hoot, and yet very educational.

    • Kevin says:

      Mr Riverrider,
      From an old “goat farmer” to another, goats will clear their own land.

      • Treaded says:

        And they sure will along with doing a great job of keeping the trees in their area trimmed very uniformly to a height they can reach. Ya just have to make sure you escape proof their lot because they are four legged Houdinis. And damn if they can’t resist getting on top of cars or whatever else is the highest point in their AO.

      • Dov says:

        Electric fencing works very well for goats. Make sure your climate is suitable for them as they don’t do well in extreme cold outside.

      • riverrider says:

        k, roger that, but i need to clear lanes for the fencing of course. thanks.

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  5. Eman says:

    I can only echo and give a nod to what Dan and Riverrider say. But, thanks for the words and the inspiration. It means a lot…!

  6. Harvester says:

    Reblogged this on hearthtender.

  7. TOR says:

    The idea of putting together a rifle when you don’t have a clue how to do it seems dumb to me. I get picking up the parts, especially in the current environment, but trying to slap em together with a hammer and some duct tape is just stupid. Know your limitations. If something surpasses them find appropriate help.

  8. T says:

    I am so happy to know that you went direct to your buyers, and made MORE money, than the other way around. I am so happy with people like you.

    I live in the ‘burbs, but am getting out soon.

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  10. Good to go. Congratulations, man. Posted.

  11. rolf says:

    Out-fukkin-standin!

  12. Treaded says:

    For the folks that don’t understand how the live beef thing works:
    First of all you need a pretty decent sized freezer. So say you want to get a couple of hundred pounds of beef – 300 for an example. 250-300 pounds is roughly half a beef after slaughter and packaging. Most of my herd is Angus which give about 50-60% weight in processed beef. So let’s say a full beef processed is 500 pounds – easily filling a large freezer. A half is more manageable and will still fill a small freezer and most folks want a half or quarter. But we can’t sell you half a live beef on hoof can we? So what we do is match you up with other folks that are looking for amounts that equal the target weight and consider you a little co-operative. And then we go and weigh the cows and match them up to the weights or portions desired. Said cow is then delivered to a real licensed and inspected butcher whom we have an agreement with and he slaughters and packages your beef for no additional cost. Price? We’re keeping it at the minimum 50 cents below local supermarket costs per pound. That still gives us on average 50 cents more per pound than selling to corp processors and feedlots.

    Now here’s where folks get creative: Some folks may only want a half a beef but someone else in their family wants a half as well. So they form their own co-op before even approaching us.
    Yeah it’s a little more labor intensive on our part but the profit is proving to be worth it. And considering everything here is pasture grazed and not eating some wild ass chemical concoction the beef is a helluva lot healthier as well.
    Bottom line: You’re not buying packaged beef ready to cook from us. You are buying cattle on the hoof and getting the delivery and processing as a bennie. No corporate profiteers, no middlemen, no Monsanto insanity in your food. Folks save money and we make more than having dealt with the feedlots and corp market and eat healthier (plus the damn beef tastes a helluva lot better).

    Is this legal? Absolutely. You are buying a live cow. When it gets loaded onto the trailer it’s yours. And prior to getting loaded it’s given a check by the local veterinarian (another co-optee of ours) And it’s processed in a better (and cleaner) legal facility than a lot of the beef that hits the ubermarkets.

    How does the pay thing work? What we do is weigh the cow prior to selling it. You put up a deposit based on the weight depending on the breed, age, and size and cuts that we estimate cow will give. After it dresses out we return anything over the actual cost per pound we’ve established.

    Now here’s where the kicker is: Local beef prices in ubermarkets has climbed since a lot of folks around here started doing this. And we’re not raising our prices to match it (there’s a such a thing as an honest profit and a dishonest one – and if you don’t believe that you probably need to re-evaluate your principles in depth).

    Now for those that have asked about buying to the man here we’re only doing this locally. If you’re looking for this type of market to buy into then check around with your local ranchers and even folks raising just a few cows. You’ll find you can do the same thing with eggs, fowl, and even goats. If you have a Ranchers Co-op give them a yell, even your local feed store may have a few leads for you.

    • Light29ID says:

      One piece of advice…don’t ever let your four year old daughter pick out the steer that’s going to end up in the freezer and then let her watch what happens next. The ex gave me shit for a month after that.

  13. StukaPilot says:

    Gubmint gonna come after the Kulaks pretty soon…keep weaponing up.

  14. Millwright says:

    Treaded,
    Good Blog and Greetings from cattle pasture country two states north of you. A heads up to you
    and your readers about another threat besides the .gov boys. I just had a conversation with our
    Sheriff and much to my dismay have found out that the mexican drug cartel is trying to get established in my area. The FBI told our Sheriff to leave them alone so they could follow them back to whence they came but a he said eff that and arrested them. Your advice ” know your AO” is on the mark. Good luck in the coming days, and keep selling grass fed beef.

  15. robroysimmons says:

    Great work sir, especially putting real men in our schools as authority figures (competant women always welcome as well). About the livestock sales, before all the “Hobby Farm” reading suburban ladies get all a flutter about this as something new and fashionable these kinds of sales and processing back in my youth seemed to me to be the norm. Hogs were my specialty if it could be called that.

    • Treaded says:

      Yup it goes back a long way. I think what happened over the course of time was a lot of smaller ranchers turned to the feedlots as a way of quick sales rather than putting in the time and effort to sell locally, kind of the “time is money” mentality.

  16. 858x70 says:

    “We’re making more money, people are saving money and we’re throwing the finger to the markets.”

    G*d bless you, sir.
    Ever think about raising bison?

  17. Sean says:

    How would I get in touch with a beef or poultry farmer to order directly? Is there a website with contact info?

  18. jessemathewson says:

    Reblogged this on Jesse Talks Back and commented:
    I love this article, I agree with the author fully!

    Sell and buy locally- stop transporting to others- use your local farmers markets! And if you sell at farmers markets, think about it for a minute people, you can make more selling privately!

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