Education is our goal. I can't wait to share thoughts, processes, and knowledge concerning animal care, feeding and housing. We'll share product use, and make sure products are evaluated for practicality.
The Sacramento Valley is home to the CSUC college farm. (California State University) I am a professor of AG Business, Animal Science and Livestock based nutrition. Not at the university, but at the nearby Community College. The photo above was taken at the University Farm, the other two at Clawfoot Farm.
It's time to get ready for winter at Clawfoot. We've hardly had a drop of rain so far in Northern California, but one needs to prepare anyway. We can always hope.
I had all summer, but I just got around to finishing the metal roof on the sheep pen. Ironically, the sheep will probably only be there for a few weeks before going to market. Please read about the news and changes to the website in both "Rural Life Lessons" and "Projects on the Farm".
In the photo above, you can see the pen is quite tight to keep out predators. For convenience, I hang an extension cord and garden hose on the back of the pen to the left of the doorway. My water trough is in the center just to the right of the hose and off camera. I'll be installing a 14 foot long gutter system that catches rain water and diverts it to the trough. You can see the pasture in the background. I'll be installing electric fence very soon and will include that process on the projects page.
Lifestyle change, sustainability, and even homesteading trends seem to be all the rage these days. At Clawfoot, we'll use lessons and blogs to point subscribers in the right direction.
Our background and education is varied. Everything from construction, using recycled and repurposed materials... to health and wellness.
Health care and longevity should start with sound nutritional practices. The human body (like all animals) is capable of remarkable recovery and repair if given the proper building blocks and in the proper amounts.
Clawfoot's Main Message
At this point, Clawfoot Farm may sound like any other Chicken website. There's a lot of hype and junk on the internet, so we'd like to help you sort through some of that.
Last year (2017) I was chosen as our County Farm Bureau member of the year. The county is in Rural Northern California at the top of the Sacramento Valley and the Farm Bureau membership is over 1300 strong. I must admit, I was not only honored but humbled by the experience.
Please join your local farm bureau and get involved in protecting an American tradition and wonderful lifestyle.
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You probably need to know what makes us tick, so here goes. Animals have always been an important part of our lives. I almost chose a name like, "Practical Poultry" or "Common Sense Animal Husbandry" but this site will eventually be much more than that! I teach animal nutrition, so I'll share important knowledge about your own health too. I am not a medical doctor, but our bodies need the same nutrients that our animals do. The portions may be slightly different depending on species and activity, but nutritional knowledge can help with your own metabolism too. Exciting? We think so.
Remember, I have a degree in Animal Science, I've been in the business for a few decades. I have answered a lot of questions and that's how I not only learned more, but developed a passion for all livestock and their care. Not just chickens and sheep, but all livestock species and concerns for our own health as well.
Keep in touch by sharing your questions and thoughts, that's how we all learn! B
Now that we're totally up and running, please join us and do all the social media stuff to help make the site popular. Thanks for your help, here's to your health! Start by giving your thoughts and click the "BLOG" page below or from the menu. The EGG HEAD