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• Friday, August 19th, 2011

Recently the USDA has required producers to provide the country of origin on their labels.  Well that is good to know, but even if it has “Product of  USA” on the label do you really know where the pork chop or hamburger you purchased came from?  Where in the USA?  Was the animal on a large crowded feed lot?  What did it eat?  How was it treated?  Was it injected with growth hormones or antibiotics?  Knowing that it was processed in the USA is good to know, but it certainly does not answer any of the most important questions.  When you purchase products from HCR you can answer all of the questions.  And you can verify the answers yourself and not have to take the word of what somebody is telling you.

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• Friday, July 29th, 2011
Grocery store vs. HCR
The grocery store on left ours on right

If you were asked to look at the picture and pick the pork chop that was the best many people might pick the one on the left.  This is what the commercial producers have created to maximize the most profitable part of the pig the loin or pork chop.  Bigger is not always better.  If you look closer at the HCR chop on the right the difference in the marbeling is night and day.  We had a customer tell us “that’s what he always dreamed a pork chop could taste like”.  When we started getting that kind of feedback we knew we were on the right track.

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• Monday, June 27th, 2011

When making decisions for your family’s health and what they will eat, which is more important, quality or quantity?  When purchasing items such as paper towels, quantity, getting the most at the cheapest price, may be the suitable choice for your family.  However, when it comes to the food that your family members put into their bodies for sustenance, we at Happy Critters Ranch believe that quality, only the best, is the most important thing to consider for the health and well-being of your family.  That is why our family always tries to eat food that is grown in ways that not only shows respect for the animals, but also does not contain antibiotics or growth hormones.  We believe that your family, like ours, deserves to eat only quality food.  One way that you can do this is to know where your food comes from and how it was produced.  When you purchase products from our ranch you are helping to support your local food supply.  You can verify the quality of the product and how it was produced.   Can you do that with the products at the grocery store?

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• Sunday, March 06th, 2011

We made three compost bins last year and with the all the pig, cow and chicken manure they fill up fast.  We rotate them around to aerate the piles.  Keeping them moist is one of the keys to making good compost.  Also finding the right balance of carbon material (brown leaves, straw, etc.) and nitrogen rich materials like chicken manure is a science we are still trying to master.  The removable boards are made from a large ceder tree that blew down in a storm.  We ripped them using an attachment for the chainsaw.  We have clay soil and the compost really helps the soil.

One of three compost bins

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