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Non-GMO Feed Project – Phases 1&2

As you may have seen from some earlier posts, we are working toward being able to mill our own non-GMO feed for our chickens and pigs.  The main reasons why we have not used non-GMO feed in the past is cost and logistics.  By milling our own we feel like we can get around both of these obstacles.  But if we’re going to mill our own feed then we need to be able to store the grains from which the feed is to be made.  So we decided to set up several bins that we had laying around.  The following are some pictures of that process.  We will now need to do some repairs to the bins then install the unloading augers.  Then we will be able to purchase non-GMO grains in bulk from local farmers we have agreements with.

Keep in mind all of our cattle are 100% non-GMO fed.  So if GMOs are a deal-breaker for you, our beef might be an excellent fit.

This is the forms for the concrete pad that the bins are sitting on.

This is the completed pad.

Bringing the second loader to help stand the first bin.

This is how we finished standing the bins. Notice the strap and come-along hooked to the front of the tractor.

The first bin anchored to the pad.

This is the point at which the biggest problem occurred: a burst hydraulic hose on the loader. Thankfully, the bin was stable at the time that the hose failed.

All three bins anchored and the site cleaned up.

 

Each bin holds 15 tons which will be plenty of storage for us.  Now on to repairs.

Deliveries and News

We hope you are all doing great! Hope you all enjoyed the rain as much as we did and the cows! All the rain really helped the grass grow!

We have several deliveries coming up on Saturday April 22nd. We will be at the Clover location at 9:00 am, Lake Wylie at 10:00 am and Tega Cay at 11:00 am. If you would like to place an order for any of these location please do so by Friday at noon.

You can check our calendar for more upcoming deliveries.

Contact us if you are interested in bulk pork or bulk beef. We are also still offering Subscription boxes that you can sign up for.

We are getting plenty of eggs so don’t forget to add them to your order!

We are offering tours for groups of 10 or more. If you know of some people in your family or friends that want to see the farm tell them about it and get a group together. If you don’t know of anyone then contact Kelly to find out if we have a group scheduled that you can get in with. It is $5.00 per person and kids under 3 are free. Email kelly@watsonfarmsbeef.com for more information or to schedule a tour.

 

New Pickup Location

We are happy to announce we have added a new pickup location!

126 South Beersheba Road, Clover SC 29710.

Our first delivery will be April 22nd at 9:00 am. They will then be every month on the 4th Saturday at 9:00 am.

Please place your orders by the day before the delivery at noon.

Help us spread the word!

This Weeks Deliveries and Egg Promotion

Just a reminder that we have several delivery options available for you this week.

You can click this link for a map with the addresses.

Thursday April 6th we will be doing home deliveries, Fort Mill Delivery at 5:45 pm and Rock Hill Delivery at 6:30 pm. If you would like to place an order for one of these locations please do so by Wednesday at noon.

Friday April 7th we will be doing Columbia Delivery at 2:00 pm, Goose Creek Delivery at 4:15 pm, Mt. Pleasant Delivery at 5:30 pm and Daniel Island Delivery at 6:00 pm. If you would like to place an order for one of these locations please do so by Thursday at noon.

Lastly, we have begun an egg promotion where you receive a free dozen with an order totaling $50 or more. If you can use more than that then just add them to your cart when you place your order.

As always thank you for supporting our farm.

Delivery opportunities and other news

Spring is in the air, and we have a lot going on.  We appreciate all of our customers, and the choices you make with your food dollar.  Here are some ways you can engage with us.

We are gathering eggs everyday so follow this link to order some.

Now is a great time to get bulk beef or pork. Follow this link for custom orders and this link for standard orders.

There are several deliveries coming up.

April 6th we have home delivery, Fort Mill Delivery (5:45 pm) and Rock Hill Delivery (6:30 pm). Please note that we are only doing these deliveries once a month now on the first Thursday. If you would like to place an order for one of these locations please do so by Wednesday April 5th at noon.

April 7th we will be doing Columbia Delivery at 2:00 pm, Goose Creek at 4:15 pm, Mt. Pleasant at 5:30 pm and Daniel Island at 6:00 pm. If you would like to place an order for one of these locations please do so by Thursday April 6th at noon.

Now we’ll leave you with some scenes from the farm this week.

This is a red oak tree that died about a year ago. We fell it and are having it milled into lumber for new dump truck sides and a new floor for the livestock trailer.

This is the grass-finished herd. They are still grazing rye for now, but will be moving on to about 35 acres of newly planted spring oat pasture soon.