And chicken, too. In the last episode of The Steadcast, we promised you a report on how Travis’s poultry operation went for the year. Not just at the El Paso County Fair’s 4-H show and auction, but also his private-party sales.
We also promised you a Rantcast therein. And we deliver. As grumbly as Jason gets about the experience, consider this…
Jason edited out almost 10 minutes of rant! Mainly because we’re still getting used to our new microphone and there was some “clipping” in the audio as Jason started hollering a little, but also because Jason let it loose a little TOO ranty, and we don’t want to shoot ourselves in the foot too much politically with the club.
In this episode, we talk about:
- the silliness of giving turkeys and chickens a soap and water bath before the show
- growing chickens and turkeys to make it into the really narrow weight classes in 4-H Market Poultry, and why that means risking shipping day-old birds in fowl (heh) weather
- the industrial agriculture focus of the judging — ZERO meat chickens that weren’t Cornish Cross, ZERO heritage breed turkeys, and even the Broad Breasted Bronze turkeys were ignored completely by the judge because “packing plants only want white-feathered birds”
- yes it’s okay to name your meat animals, we tell you why.
- Travis’s amazing results both financially and in the quality of his birds’ meat
- closing thoughts about the Thomas Fire and others in California, the 200-acre fire across the street from us, and how small negative or positive actions can ignite huge destructive or regenerative blazes in a community
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