Growing Your Own Food 101 – Asparagus, Bacon Lettuce And Tomato Sandwich, BBQ And Hamburgers

Asparagus – Bacon – BBQ – Hamburgers They all have one thing in common, Dung and a lot of it! Some consume dung while others produce dung. Composting on the cheap, a crash course

A new or existing asparagus garden requires lots of well composted dung added to the soil to produce a bumper crop of everyone’s favorite vegetable, Asparagus. Asparagus Plant Once For Years Of Fine Dining Without amending your asparagus garden soil with a lot of well composted dung, your asparagus garden will never produce a really healthy, bumper crop of those tender sweet tasting little ‘asparagus’ spears. From planting to first harvest will take three (3) years of (TLC) Tender Loving Care and feeding your asparagus garden a lot of dung in the process.

Timing is everything. From birth to market day. A longhorn calf will take three (3) years or more of TLC, all the while converting a lot of pasture grass, hay, corn, calf creep feed and range cubes for added protein to dung before it get’s to that magic weight of 1,200 or so pounds. Grin .. It takes a lot of time, feed and effort to grow a BBQ steak or hamburger, pork sausage (hotdog) or chicken for your BBQ grill. A pig takes 6 to 8 months from birth to achieve 280 to 300 pounds which is the common market weight for a pig. Even those cute little hot wings or eggs for your breakfast table will take 6 or 7 months from hatching to market or egg production. Growing poultry, pork or beef to fill your freezer is not ‘Fast Food’.

When calculating the weight of your feeder cow or pig, a good rule of thumb is a calf or pig will, if provide a proper daily ration of quality feed, will gain on average 1 1/4 to if your lucky, 1 1/2 pounds of weight gain daily. Hence a 6 month old calf or pig can be expected to weigh 225 – 250 pounds plus it’s weight at birth.
Pigs are commonly processed for table meat at 280 to 300 pounds of weight and beef feeder cows normally weigh about 1,200 pounds when they are processed for your freezer and table meat.
Chickens will start laying eggs at 24 to 26 weeks of age and in general will lay 1 egg every 27 or so hours for about 2 years. After that egg production will quickly taper off. That’s when you should start processing poor or non layers for your table and freezer.

Don’t go postal and scream at the butcher that is processing your feeder cow/pig for your freezer when he tells you your big fat 1,200 pound cow has a hanging weight of less than 800 pounds. Or that your 300 pound feeder pigs hanging weight is 180 pounds.

Where Did That 400 Pounds Of Cow Go? You can expect to loose very close to 40 percent of the live weight in fat and the bits and pieces normally not returned to the owner. Things like head, tail, hide, feet, tongue and other internal organs that most Americans don’t want to eat.

Prepare a list of all the parts you want back and give this list to your butcher. Parts like tongue and cow tail, commonly called ox tail is good used in soups, stews and chili. Kidneys and cow tongue are great to use in making meat and vegetable pies (beef or pork pot pies). Do a search for meat pie recipes, there are many ways to use these cow and pig parts. At the very least you can cut them into large bite size bits, boil them until tender and feed them and the water you cooked the cow/pig parts in to your dog, cat, pig or chickens. If you don’t eat liver, feed that to your pets, pig and chickens as well.

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4 responses to “Growing Your Own Food 101 – Asparagus, Bacon Lettuce And Tomato Sandwich, BBQ And Hamburgers

  1. I was told by a pig farmer that it isn’t legal to feed animal parts to a pig in the US. He was even nervous about giving his pigs any table scraps, specifically I wanted him to have the cobs left after eating corn on the cob. Not sure when this changed. I suspect it has something to do with a general rule to prevent mad cow disease. Not sure?????

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    • Re: lucindalines – I am not foolish enough to say that meat and meat by products can’t be fed to pigs by feeder operators selling pork to the general public. But, I can’t find anything restrictions on pig feeds. However I did see one reference stating that FDA had restricted feeding cow parts in any form to cows was restricted.
      This was not an offical FDA or USDA site where I saw this reference, hence that sites opinions are to be viewed as being their Opinion until validated by a reliable regulatory (government site) that contains law/regulation references.
      If you know of or see a reliable source on this type of pig feeding Please sent a link/URL to that report. Thanks
      Happy Halloween pumpkin carving and spicy pie eating.

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    • Re: lucindalines – As a follow up, I found this on the offical FDA website.
      Updated June 5, 2009 – The 2008 Regulation
      Changes to the regulations provide additional protections against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, “mad cow disease”). FDA added a new section 589.2001 to the regulations which prohibits the use of high-risk cattle material in feed for all animal species. This section builds on the 1997 BSE feed regulation at 589.2000, which remains in effect but which applies only to feed for cattle and other ruminants. Specifically, the new section 589.2001 defines the following as cattle material prohibited in animal feed (CMPAF):
      the entire carcass of BSE-positive cattle
      the brains and spinal cords from cattle 30 months of age and older
      the entire carcass of cattle not inspected and passed for human consumption, unless the cattle are less than 30 months of age or the brains and spinal cords have been effectively removed
      tallow derived from BSE-positive cattle
      tallow derived from CMPAF that contains more than 0.15% insoluble impurities
      mechanically separated beef derived from CMPAF

      I hope you find this useful.

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