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How many of us are farmers ?
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Josef    Posted 07-08-2001 at 12:17:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How many of us are farmers ? I am part time farmer with a little diary farm in Germany / Bavaria. Thanks, Josef.


larry    Posted 03-11-2002 at 20:36:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
farmer in south eastern virginia grow peanuts soyabeans oats and have planted cheap corn.have goats horses donkeys chickens ducks.


Josef    Posted 07-13-2001 at 13:15:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks to all again, so I can make a picture for me about farming in your great country. Have all a great day and we meet us soon again on this board ! Josef


Monica Duncan    Posted 07-11-2001 at 08:55:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Full time farmer, 75 head of registered Hosteins, 2 registered working Morgan horses, a goat, a few chickens and "Barney" the barn dog that watches over them all, and us.


Monica Duncan    Posted 07-11-2001 at 08:56:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh yes, and 18 fat lazy barn cats.


OW - nope    Posted 07-09-2001 at 20:07:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Guess i'm the rare one here not a farmer. We are semi-retired & run a motel. I was raised on a farm and feel comfortable around country people, that's why i like it here.
In high school, i swore off farming for sure & certain, and did my best to forget everything i ever learned about it. My dad said "You be careful - someday you might NEED TO raise some cussed 4-legged hay-burners to keep from starving!" And i decided i'd just have to starve then. So i held city jobs, traveled and retired early. But we made it despite my resolve. :)
I prefer to throw a leg over things that stay where you left them, cars rarely spook at blowing leaves, and i've bever been drunk enough to where i needed to count on the vehicle to find my way home - heh heh.
Still have the old family farm tho, but it's way too far from the clinic and we only use it for hunting now.


Doc    Posted 07-09-2001 at 15:03:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Josef, hope your hay cutting came out ok. It has rained here but hopefully will dry out soon. I am a Physician/part time farmer. Have 115 acre cattle farm. Don't know a lot about it yet but am learning. Best Regards, Doc


AJZ    Posted 07-09-2001 at 10:34:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Farm 1000 acres in grain for this year i have 450 to corn 350 to beans and 200 to wheat.


F14    Posted 07-09-2001 at 04:40:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi, Josef. Most of my family is from Mecklenburg, about 4 or 5 generations ago.

I raise sheep, chickens (eggs and meat) and turkeys on a small hobby farm. I sell a few eggs year around, all but two of each year's crop of lambs and most of the turkeys. The rest go in my freezer, which is really the main point of my farm. Except for a little bacon and sausage, and very rarely a steak, I raise all my own meat.


Gary    Posted 07-09-2001 at 04:38:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Beef cattle farm in Virginia on about 500 acres,
raise a hugh garden,restore antique tractors,picked about 10 gallons of black berries so far this year.


mugsy3    Posted 07-08-2001 at 22:26:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
We farm part time. We raise a market garden with sweet corn as our main product. We've been expanding the "product line" this year to include tomatoes and potatoes. Keep your fingers crossed for us. We also raise about 75 layers and sell the eggs at the farm gate. 6 Pygmy goats as pets. We bring in our own hay for them. I've been considering raising a milk goat or cow. Figured besides providing us with home dairy could also bring in some extra $$. Always looking to be diverse (but relatively low risk). We raised hogs until the market fell then got out, haven't been back. But we've gained the know-how if we ever decide to. Farming is an adventure!! Every year is different than the one before.


Wolf    Posted 07-08-2001 at 20:37:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Custom butchering here, hogs and cattle. Pygmy goats for a hobby. A few chickens for fresh eggs and a few to sell. Just a hobby supported by my full-time job.


randy williams    Posted 06-16-2002 at 10:09:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm looking to buy about a dozen laying hens? Do you have any to sell?

Randy Williams


Alvin    Posted 07-08-2001 at 20:28:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
live in NE WI, have a dairy farm. I am the 4th generation living on this farm, son is doing most of the work and milking now, propably will be the last one. His sons are looking at a different life style.


Larry    Posted 07-08-2001 at 20:16:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I have a hobby farm that I raise pigs on. By the way,my family originaly came over here from Baveria,five generations ago.


coaltrain    Posted 07-08-2001 at 19:39:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We raise beef pork chicken catfish truck patch with mules and process every thing ourselves churn butter make soap tan hides make gospel and country music every tuesday night take out our chuck wagon on occasion and go visiting when we get a chance. Coaltrain


coaltrain    Posted 07-08-2001 at 19:38:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We raise beef pork chicken catfish truck patch with mules and process every thing ourselves churn butter make soap tan hides make gospel and country music every tuesday night take out our chuck wagon on occasion and go visiting when we get a chance. Coaltrain


huckelberry    Posted 07-08-2001 at 19:04:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife and I are full time potters, and part time farmers. We raise a few cows and chickens, and grow a big garden. We also keep cutting-bred Quarter horses, dogs, and cats.


LazyHorse    Posted 07-08-2001 at 18:36:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Josef: I live in Indiana, USA and have a small hobby farm. We raise horses, donkeys, goats, cows, Llama, and grow our own vegetables. Don't have a big enough property to raise any cash crops.


VKG    Posted 07-08-2001 at 14:47:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hi josef, I am a bricklayer /farmer on the eastern shore of maryland. My wife had a dream of living on a farm so we moved here from Las vegas NV. I've been farming now for all of 4 years. We grow our own hay, have horses and raise meat goats. If only I could figure out this weather, with the rain and all, it would sure make things alot easier! Read you're post the other day and hope all went well with the hay. With rain clouds looming we are bailing tomarrow if we don't get a soaking. We are farmers at heart.


Ole Cuss    Posted 07-08-2001 at 13:51:10       [Reply]  [No Email]

I have 2 full-time jobs, being both a veterinarian and a farmer in western Maryland. I raise hay, soybeans, goats (for meat, pets, and weed-whacking), horses, mules, and beagles.


Hogman    Posted 07-08-2001 at 19:01:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
So W. Missouri,raise beef cattle.Most of the Ozark Mountains are just too erodable to dirt farm and the soil is so thin no matter how much rain We get We are only two weeks from a drouth. Some refer to it as being six inchs from a desert.
So guess I'd be called a rancher cept we all say farmer here even tho it is purely cattle country. Mines about average size,176 acres,nearest neighbors 3/4 mile away,County road through Our place is two wheel tracks with grass down tha middle


Dreamweaver    Posted 07-08-2001 at 14:42:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ole Cuss - What does goat meat taste like? Seriously.


Ole Cuss    Posted 07-09-2001 at 02:08:35       [Reply]  [No Email]

Goat meat tastes pungent and has a strong aftertaste, like nothing else I've ever eaten; I don't care for it, and that's saying something because I am a diehard carnivore (beef, pork, venison, yum). The diet of the goat can have some effect on the taste of its milk and meat, but even when animals are grain-fed and not browsed free-range (where they can munch bitter weeds), I find the meat obnoxious despite seasonings. There's obviously a reason why it's popular in cultures that season their food highly, like Caribbean, African, and Mexican cuisine. The ethnic market hereabouts is strong due to the ever-increasing immigrant population in the Baltimore-DC corridor, which is only an hour away from me. There is a Jamaican lady who lives near my farm, and she'd buy a goat every week if she could afford it.


R M in Ont    Posted 07-08-2001 at 16:15:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It may depend on what the goats diet consists of, but what I have eaten, tastes just like beef. The goats we used to raise here were fed the same things as the cattle.


Burrhead    Posted 07-08-2001 at 18:30:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's like turtle. It taste just like chicken. Yeah right.

It taste better than beef to me if you slow cook him in a pit or smoker.

I'm with R.M. it taste like beef only a little more course texture and according to yuppie research it's lower in fat and cholesterol than beef, but it does take on the taste of the quality feed you fatten it out on.

If it's a scrub brush forage goat it taste like bitterweed and milkweed.

When folks are telling you about how gamey a goat taste, it was'nt dressed out right, and if it's too tough it was'nt cooked long and slow enough.


Gary    Posted 07-09-2001 at 04:41:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Same way with deer meat, it all depends on how its
handled and cooked.Bet you never saw anyone carry
a steer around all day in the back of a pickup after they killed it!


Hogman Keerect Dr Burr    Posted 07-09-2001 at 19:48:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some 50 years ago Ted Trueblood wrote a good article on "that wild gamey flavor" Said go buy a prime young steer,run it a mile or so till it's tounges hangin out,gut shoot it,throw it on tha hood ,drive a ways afore guttin it,back on tha hood for a long trip in tha hot sun, drive around to show it ta all tha neighbors,cut it up with a axe,cook it up'n enjoy "that wild gamey flavor"...
Bon apitif


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