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Livestock get the stamp spotlight with new U.S. stamps featuring heritage breeds. Heritage livestock breeds were the province of a small group of dedicated farmers a few years ago. Now, everyone can appreciate them on postage stamps. The U.S. Postal Service is selling stamps that feature 10species. “Rare farm animals represent an irreplaceable piece of […]Read more »
By Krislee Johnson From an impacted crop to sour a crop, this food storage organ can effect your birds in a big way. Whether you are raising chickens or turkeys it’s important to pay close attention to your flock. Taking queues from a bird’s behavior can help detect issues early on. The first and easiest […]Read more »
It’s not really the season to be looking to find turkey poults to raise for table. That usually takes place in the spring. But it is an excellent time to let your taste buds do some research for you. Homegrown turkeys can be delicious and what you eat this holiday season, might determine what fills […]Read more »
It’s been a wonderful, fruitful year at Iron Oak Farm. The garden is coming along nicely, I’m picking ripening cucumbers every day and adding them to our refrigerator pickle jar. We also just finished kidding season, one of the most joyous times of the year. Our last pregnant doe gave birth to triplets last night. […]Read more »
I’ve been worried about Big Tom, our Black Spanish male turkey. Through the years I’ve become quite attached to Big Tom. He’s a large, impressive bird. The heavy folds of skin above his eye give him a foreboding look and he can be quite intimidating. But really, he’s a puppy at heart. Tom follows us […]Read more »
I’m sure you’ve all heard the phrase be careful what you wish for. That might be touching on a bit of what we’re experiencing with our turkey population here. We decided to raise Black Spanish turkeys a few years back for meat and to help with the movement to further the breed’s numbers. The first […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm Raising turkeys is similar to raising chickens in many ways. But when it comes to nutrition requirements, turkeys need different nutrients than chickens to prosper. Turkeys are larger birds, with larger feathers, they lay larger eggs and their feed should support these differences. For the most part, I […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm We hold our turkeys in very high regard here at Iron Oak Farm. Our Tom presents himself in a stoic, almost regal display. Turkeys are proud deliberate birds, gentle and beautiful. It’s no wonder that this amazing creature has made history time and again. With “Turkey Day” only […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm At least once a week a car stops in front of our house to look at our flock of turkeys free ranging in the yard. They roll the windows down so the kids can see in the backseat or they pull out their phone to snap a few […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm We’ve already had several fires in the wood burning furnace this September and it’s not even officially Autumn. We live in Michigan and last year our area of the state received record snow falls and temperatures 30 below zero. According to the Farmers Almanac, we’re in for another […]Read more »