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Giving Thanks

Lighting, Thunder And Much Needed Rain

Dogs, thunder and bright flashes of lighting shook me out of bed about 4.30 am Saturday morning. I received about 4 inches of very noisy rain. I think it has been 3 or maybe even 4 years since our last 4 inch rain. Winter wheat patches(fields) were in serious need of a soaking rain.

Those that have feeder calf’s will move their herds onto wheat pasture starting the first week of December. If wheat fields are not over stocked can stand grazing until the middle of March. After the middle of March feeder calf’s must be removed if the farmer plans on harvesting a good crop of wheat.

This rain will do little to kick start new growth on grass pastures. It’s simply to late in the year and the weather is to cool for new growth of warm weather grasses.
The good news is, most livestock watering ponds are at or near full capacity. Our pond is full again and I don’t think we lost many catfish due to low water levels before this rain.

The cattle prices are still in the insane territory. Last Thursday at the Apache livestock auction, certified impregnated heifers were selling at the low end for $2,800.00. Some of the better quality heifers were topping the $3,300.00 dollar mark. Un-frigging believable!

Ham, turkey, cornbread dressing and an assortment of pies. My favorite is pecan with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Have a happy, safe Thanksgiving Day.

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Wild Turkey – Domestic Poultry And Your Holiday Table

turkey No not that kind of Wild Turkey. I’m talking about Wild and Farm raised Turkey, Not the kind of Wild Turkey you drink!

United States Department Of Agricultural (USDA) has a nice and very informative fact sheet as well as a useful PDF file on the safe handling, cooking, Storage and re-heating of Turkey.

United States Department Of Agricultural (USDA) A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey USDA’s information applies to any poultry, Turkey, Chicken, Duck, Goose and so on that you may plan on cooking and serving to your family.

For more information about food safety, call: USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or
E-mail: mphotline.fsis@usda.gov Or “Ask Karen,” FSIS’ Web-based automated response system – available 24/7 at http://www.fsis.usda.gov.

Allow 1 pound of turkey per person.

Thawing In the Refrigerator (40 °F or below)
Allow approximately 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds
4 to 12 pounds 1 to 3 days
12 to 16 pounds 3 to 4 days
16 to 20 pounds 4 to 5 days
20 to 24 pounds 5 to 6 days
Roasting Time
4 to 8 pounds (breast) 1½ to 3¼ hours
8 to 12 pounds 2¾ to 3 hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3¾ hours
14 to 18 pounds 3¾ to 4¼ hours
18 to 20 pounds 4¼ to 4½ hours
20 to 24 pounds 4½ to 5 hours

United States Department Of Agricultural (USDA) Alternate methods to cook Turkey / poultry Grilling a Turkey, Covered Gas Grill, Covered Charcoal Grill, Smoking a Turkey, Deep Fat Frying a Turkey.

United States Department Of Agricultural (USDA) Basics: Safe Cooking Turkey A PDF file. Great 1 page tip sheet on cooking Turkey / Poultry.

United States Department Of Agricultural (USDA) Turkey Roasting Chart Everything you will ever need to know about Roasting your Turkey.
Reheating Your Turkey
In the Oven
Set the oven temperature no lower than 325 °F.
Reheat turkey to an internal temperature of 165 °F. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature.
To keep the turkey moist, add a little broth or water and cover.

United States Department Of Agricultural (USDA) Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures Use this chart and a food thermometer to ensure that meat, poultry, seafood, and other cooked foods reach a safe minimum internal temperature.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC 24/7: Saving Lives. Protecting People. Safely Prepare Your Holiday Meal Important cooking information to providing Safe food preparation information.

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