Monthly Archives: September 2011

I went "home" last weekend for my high school reunion. It was wonderful to see my childhood friends again.  Truth be told, all the girls looked pretty much the same. The guys weren't as recognizable, they had either grey hair or no hair.  It dawned on me; hair color and Spanx are a girls best friend.

"Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you didn't commit." Kit Pharo

I was a little concerned when the invitation included the instruction "Business Casual Attire."  Does  your business make a difference in selecting casual attire?  Manure free shoes and a clean shirt are usually fine for any business we conduct.  I was the only farmer in my graduating class, which isn't surprising,  Barrington High School is in a suburb of Chicago. It's not known as an agricultural community.
Being away for a couple days reminded me that I have a great life.  It's not surprising, but sometimes it's nice to be reminded.  When the grass appears greener, it's not. Forest Hill Farm grass is as green as it gets.  If you've ever thought about starting a small farm or agricultural enterprise, I'd highly recommend it.    Years ago we were given very practical advice, allow me to share:

If you'd like to become a millionaire and dream of farming here are two rules you'll need to follow:

1.  Start out with a billion dollars

2.  Buy a farm

If you start with a billion dollars and buy a farm, you'll end up a millionaire.  This rule also applies to most hobbies; boating, airplane ownership, horse ownership, quilting, scrap booking, etc...

There's a misconception about farming that was prevalent this weekend; farm ownership equates to an independent lifestyle where you work for yourself and have complete freedom.   Yes, we're fortunate, but our work load is hardly independent.  We are dependent on the weather, field conditions, farm implements, good mechanics, animals, fencing, and most of all our fabulous customers.  We are extremely grateful to all of you.  We truly hope we've expressed our sincere thanks to each and every one of you.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

"If you're doing what everyone else is doing, you will never be better than average."

 

©Glenda Plozay, Forest Hill Farm Products,LLC

The FDA announced that a drug fed to chickens will no longer be sold in the U.S.  Pfizer subsidiary Alpharma will discontinue sales of 3-Nitro.  Chickens are fed this drug to increase their appetites.  The FDA found that chickens fed arsenic had traces of the drug in their meat, primarily their liver. Pfizer will stop selling the drug in 30 days, after animal producers have had time to find new medications.  3-Nitro, a.k.a. roxarsone is the most common arsenic based animal drug, but similar drugs have been approved for poultry and pig feed.

The poultry and pigs at Forest Hill Farm eat non-GMO grains and grasses.

Pigs in pasture
Forest Hill Farm pigs in rape field

WHO Scandal Exposed

We’re talking World Health Organization (WHO), not the band. A stunning new report reveals that top scientists convinced the WHO to declare H1N1 a global pandemic. It has been uncovered that they held close financial ties to the company that created the vaccine. The scientists assigned to combat the H1N1 virus had their hands in the cookie jar. The report in the British Medical Journal exposed the hidden ties that drove WHO to declare the pandemic. The report’s author’s, Deborah Cohen and Phillip Carter concluded that “...H1N1 may yet claim its biggest victim - the credibility of the WHO and the trust in the global public health system.” Source: Natural News Article

 

©Glenda Plozay, Forest Hill Farm Products,LLC

“ A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew”
Herb Caen

NAMED COWS GIVE MORE MILK


LONDON: Two students at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom have won a veterinary medicine prize for showing that giving dairy cows names and calling them by their correct name increased milk production yield by an average of 258 liters per year. The researchers said the cows are very responsive to friendly milkers with a positive attitude. We are pleased to introduce you to our four dairy cows; Chloe, Lulu, Alice and Clairece.
Chloe is a Jersey-Angus cross. Lulu is a Holstein, and Alice and Clairece  are registered Jersey’s. They provide milk for our family and all of the pigs at Forest Hill Farm.

 

©Glenda Plozay, Forest Hill Farm Products,LLC