Thank you everyone for appreciating all that Wally and I do here. We do the best we can with the tools we have to work with. Since I started feeding my cats a raw food diet in 1997 I have taken it upon myself to research and figure out the healthiest ways to feed animals. I’ve always gone against the tide in my ideas. Back in 1997 I was all but burned at the stake for feeding my cats raw meat and not vaccinating them for anything not required by law (rabies). Now hundreds of thousands of companies manufacture and sell raw cat food.
If anyone questions what we feed, they are more than welcome to visit the farm and look in our feed barrels and hay barn or even look at our receipts. In fact, when new clients come to the farm, I show them our feed and hay. We have chosen to buy locally grown feed and hay whenever possible because we want to have that extra relationship with what we feed the animals. Like you all need to know the farmers that provide your food I want to know the farmers that provide our animals’ feed. In my opinion, it is every bit as important as consumers buying local; much of our animals’ feed is local so we are helping the local economy (more importantly, helping small farmers stay in business) and keeping money within the community.
Some of our feed is shipped in; at this time that cannot be avoided, but I’m working on it. I do not want to trust Big Ag to formulate the feed our animals eat. I want control of that. “Big Ag” lurks in organic farms as well, you all know that. Behind those pretty green organic labels are companies that grow GM corn, soy, etc. and manufacture poison. In addition, just because it has that organic seal on it does not mean it was grown in an environmentally sound or sustainable manner.
Stepping off my soap box now.
Until later …