Akyla Farms is Kevin and Carol Osterman. We started this farm in 2006 to bring pasture raised chicken, pork, beef, and goat from livestock that has never been fed animal products or industry waste. The beef and goat will also never be fed grain to maximize the health benefits of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids. All of the animals have a healthy, clean contented life. Although we are not certified organic, our animals will not get drugs in their food but if one is sick or injured we will use the appropriate amount of medications to return it to a healthy, clean contented life. If you are interested in learning more about our local, family farm please feel free to contact us.
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Its been a busy year since the last newsletter supporting I-522 for the labeling of GMOs which unfortunately lost
by a small margin. But Hawaii has made progress by banning the growing of GMO crops, General Mills announced that
Original Cheerios will be GMO free and Ben & Jerry's has started removing GMO materials from their ice cream and
labeling those that still contain them. The tipping point is near. The GMO fight was only a small part of our year.
The daily chores, making improvements (changing the meat birds from a trough waterer to nipples on tubes thus
giving them cleaner water and making their pens easier to move), vehicle and house maintenance and the catch-all
list of other things make for a busy year. Over all there is time for family, some fun along the way, a lot of work,
and many of those little moments to admire the passing wildlife or just watching the sunset. Over all it was a
pretty good year, here are some highlights. more
Our laying flock is representative of the home flock in that we have a
wide variety of breeds (about 10) of chicken, along with a few ducks and
a goose. We like the variety as it does make it easier to watch
individuals and we allow the birds to live out their lives with us as we
see the older birds as being wiser in that ongoing predator/prey story.
The laying flock recently moved to new quarters and we are searching for
a trailer to convert to a portable eggmobile so the flock can enjoy
fresh pasturage along with their organic, non-GMO, soy free feed. They
also polish off leftover organic vegetables, fermented foods and some
meat from the house.
Pastured Meat Chickens:
|Elk on the Birdsview property.|
|More of the herd.|
We regularly see up to thirty head as they wander around the Birdsview area. Fencing gets the brunt of the elk damage but by using high tensile, electric that we specifically installed with the elk in mind we do very little repair. Probably in the $20 per year range. Our gates get the worst of it. The elk don't stay in one spot long enough to make a major impact and its rare that we have to adjust our grazing plan around their consumption.
This is a cool picture of the pasture pens for the meat chickens. We have found that the transition from the brooder to the outdoor pens is scary for the birds so we provide them a little light to make the transition easier.
|Heat lamps in the meat bird pens.|