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Connecting with consumers is the greatest reward for local beef initiative

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By Kelly Daynard

Sarnia – It started six years ago as a conversation between friends. Today, that idea tossed around a kitchen table has become Bluewater Beef, an initiative of the Eyre and Shaw farm families of Lambton County.

Murray Shaw recalls that early conversation. “We wanted to expand our farms but the economics at the time, for small farmers, didn’t make sense.”

While most of their beef produced at the time was sold directly to larger processors, he and partner Ralph Eyre already sold a small amount of beef locally, taking orders from friends and family for beef from their farms. From sales of that “freezer beef”, they had learned that people liked knowing exactly where their meat came from.

The Eyre and Shaw farm families of Lambton County are the owners of Bluewater Beef


Posted by Farm and Food Care on February 27th, 2013 :: Filed under Agriculture Education,Animal care,Beef cattle,Consumers,Farm life,farm tours,Food,Meat processing,Sustainability of the family farm,Uncategorized
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“Shocking” undercover dairy video hits home

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There’s a growing community of agricultural advocates in North America - farmers and farm enthusiasts who are passionate about what they do and who, more importantly, are focused on finding ways to stand up and tell their stories to the world.

One of these enthusiasts is Dairy Carrie, a dairy farmer from Wisconsin. You can read her blogs at www.dairycarrie.com.

In particular, we’d like to call attention to her latest blog entitled “Shocking undercover dairy video hits home” which features footage filmed on her farm. If the title has piqued your curiousity, chcek it out for yourself at http://dairycarrie.com/2013/02/14/shockingvideo/

Read the comments below the post too. They’re sure to make you smile!



Posted by Farm and Food Care on February 15th, 2013 :: Filed under Activism,Animal care,Dairy cattle,Family vs factory farming,Farm life
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Snow day on the farm

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By Pat Grotenhuis

Buses are cancelled.

Those three little words are the ones that all children long for on snowy, icy or foggy days. I was no different. It was always nice to have a change in pace and instead of rushing out the door to barely catch my bus, breakfast in hand, go to the barn instead.


Posted by Farm and Food Care on February 8th, 2013 :: Filed under Animal care,Dairy cattle,Farm life,Uncategorized,winter
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Local meat processor wins award for allergen-free meat products

By Lilian Schaer

Heidelberg - They built their business on the power of local long before it was popular and their allergen-free meat products are a life-line to many food allergy sufferers.

These efforts have won Waterloo Region’s Stemmler Meats and Cheese a Premier’s Award for Innovation and they’ve also just been named a finalist for a prestigious innovation award from the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. “Anytime you have an honour like this, especially from your peers and in an industry that is so diverse, it is very humbling,” says Kevin Stemmler.

Photo from left, brothers Kevin (squatting), Terry and Shawn Stemmler of Stemmler Meats and Cheese in Heidelberg, ON.


Posted by Farm and Food Care on February 7th, 2013 :: Filed under Innovation and technology,Meat processing,Research,Specialty foods,Uncategorized
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Meet the faces of February in the 2013 Faces of Farming calendar

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By Patricia Grotenhuis

Third-generation farmers Justin and Jeff McLellan knew fairly early in life that they wanted to continue the family tradition of raising and caring for mink. The two helped on the mink farm their grandfather and father operated while they were growing up.  Jeff went straight into farming when he graduated high school while Justin left for a brief period to earn a business diploma from Lambton College before returning.


Posted by Farm and Food Care on February 1st, 2013 :: Filed under Animal care,Animal welfare,Faces of Farming,Farm life,Fur farming
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