~ Broiler chickens will be ready for sale this weekend! Email me if you’d like any reserved and to arrange a pickup time. We butchered 92 out of 102, so not the best or the worst death loss ever. But they averaged 5.75 pounds dressed out, at 8 weeks. Very happy with that! I think I have 34 left to sell out of that 92. They can go fast, when one person takes 5 or 10. Now they’re in the freezer and should be frozen and ready to go by the weekend.
~ Pork won’t be ready until the first part of September, but already half of it is pre-sold. So don’t wait to pre-order if you’re wanting some. I hate to disappoint! And I think we have about 1/3 of the beef pre-sold already.
~ According to Revealing the Secrets of an All-Iowa Meal, 90% of Iowa land is in agricultural use, but 90% of the food consumed in Iowa is grown elsewhere. That statistic just boggled my mind this morning.
~ Gracious Acres’ blog has a new home after being hijacked recently.
~ I’ve updated my links list to the left. Check out some of the good reading there.
~ An update on Olivia’s ear – she had an appointment in Iowa City last week. They said it’s looking good, just one area where it is still healing and there’s some “reactive tissue” in that area. But she was given the go-ahead to play sports again, so her only restriction is no getting her ears wet for a few more weeks. They did a hearing test that still showed slight to mild hearing loss in the upper and mid-ranges. They said the hearing loss she’s experiencing is conductive, meaning that sound is not being conducted effectively through her ear canal back to the eardrum and middle ear. This type of hearing loss should continue to improve as her ear heals, as opposed to hearing loss caused by damage to the nerves or inner ear which is permanent. So that is good news, though I don’t think they expect her to regain 100% hearing in the ear. But the hearing loss should only be slight. I can’t say enough good things about our experience with University of Iowa Hospitals. We could have gone to the Mayo Clinic, which is only an hour drive as opposed to 3 hours to Iowa City, but I think we made the right choice.