Spring 2017 Newsletter

Hello from Spiked M Ranch!

As the weather is beginning to warm, we are gearing up for a new season at Spiked M Ranch. This year, we are expanding our garden and adding broilers and eggs to our list of quality products that we offer to Northfield and surrounding communities. We are moving into our second year of pastured pork and are excited to use what we learned last year to improve and expand our operation. Below is a description of all of our products!

Pastured broilers

This summer we’ll have pasture raised broilers available for purchase.  We raised our first batch last summer and had great success.  Our birds are cornish cross broilers we raise from chicks. They are in a brooder for two to three weeks and, warm weather permitting, moved to a portable field pen.  Our pens are modeled after Joel Salatin’s at Polyface Farms.  The pens are floorless, which allows the birds to scratch, eat grass and legumes, and catch bugs.  These pens allow the birds fresh air and plenty of exercise, which translates to healthy birds.

We process the birds here at the farm.  Our birds are not inspected by a state or federal inspector, but in fact they are inspected by you, our customer. If you are interested in purchasing some of our pastured broilers, please contact us. The first batch will be available around the first week of June.  Price will be sold at  $2.00 per pound and chickens will be 4-5 pounds.

Pastured pork

2016 was our first year of raising pigs outdoors on pasture.  It was a great experience that we are excited for again this year.  The pigs did a great job renovating fallow pasture by “rototilling” almost three acres throughout the summer.  Raising pigs outdoors allows them to get unlimited fresh air and exercise.  This makes for happy, healthy pigs, just check out some of the videos posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Sadly, the price of feeder pigs has increased slightly for 2017 and we will be raising our prices to adjust for this added expense. The new price will be $1.65 per pound hanging weight delivered to Falls Meat Service, of Pigeon Falls, WI. You, the customer, are responsible for the processing fees.  If you would like your pig delivered to a different meat locker, please contact us.

Fresh eggs

Currently, we have fresh eggs available in limited quantities. Our hens are raised outdoors in portable housing, the “egg mobile”. We will be able to increase our production if there is a demand for these eggs, so please contact us if this is something you are interested in. Egg prices for 2017 will remain the same at $2.00 per dozen.

Garden Vegetables

These are available when we have a surplus.  The last few years our garden has provided us with a high yield of  exceptional organic produce.  This year will hope to share our surplus with our community.  We’ll have more information as the season progresses but if there is something in particular that you are looking for, please let us know.

 

If you are interested in ordering pork, poultry, eggs, or produce or are interested in how our products are raised, we would love to hear from you!

 

 


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