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Colonel’s Blog, Earthdate 14 July 2023…

Hey Y’all!

Good evening and happy FAST-JET FRIDAY!! The fast-jet pic today is the Mighty-Mighty F-15E belonging to the 492d Fighter Squadron, flying fast and low in Wales this week. We started the day with about an inch of rain during our morning coffee and staff meeting. It was almost finished as we went out for morning rounds. I captured a pic of the cutest farmer at Air2Ground Farms as she was about to gather duck eggs. The top pic is us just before feeding the pigs. All of the animals are doing well and the grass is doing really well. We moved the chicken tractor to the bottom pasture we call the Pig Paddock. It was a treat carrying it that far. We were able to use a dolly on the back and I carried the front and got it moved. If/when we bring it back up the hill, I think we will put it on a trailer. We will move the beef chicks out of the brooder and into the tractor this weekend. Shelley cleaned our market boards to write new sales for tomorrow. While she was doing that, I wanted to add a few pounds of air into one of the dually’s rear wheels. The valve-stem cap wouldn’t come off. I continued to add more force to my persuasion until I snapped the valve-stem in half, with the cap still on. So, after figuring out how to remove the hub cover (finally watched a YouTube video where I learned you can use a 2x4 to pry it off) so I could get the tire off, we made an unscheduled trip to town to have the entire valve-stem replaced. With the tire fixed, we came back home and put it back on the truck. All to get a bit more air in the tire. We got the freezer ready for the market tomorrow and will load chickens and special orders into coolers in the morning.

I’ve talked about some of the benefits of raw A2/A2 Jersey milk but I haven’t really discussed the differences between raw Jersey milk to the typical holstein milk you but at the store. The typical Jersey milk contains 18 percent more protein, 20 percent more calcium, and 25 percent more butterfat than Holstein milk. I think the most important difference is not just that there is more calcium but that the calcium is more bioavailable. When I say it’s more "bioavailable," it means that the body is better able to absorb and use the calcium from this source as compared to other sources. This is due to the form in which the calcium is presented in the raw Jersey milk and the presence of other nutrients that aid in its absorption, such as magnesium, vitamin D, and certain proteins. If the calcium is more bioavailable, the body can use more of it, contributing to greater overall nutrient intake. So, while potentially not as significant as the difference between A1 and A2 beta casein, there is more nutrition in raw A2/A2 Jersey milk than holstein milk at the store.

Local Farm Report for 13 July 2023:


27 Chicken eggs

12 Duck eggs

0 Goose eggs

6 1/4 Gallons of milk


Psycho & Shelley

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