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  1. 2 points
    Frábært að sjá fleiri detta hingað inn. ? Og gott að fleirum en mér finnst málefnin mikilvægur vetvangur.
  2. 1 point
    Hendi þessu inn...
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    Þegar ég sá þessa mynd, þá fannst mér ég þekkja hana, og svo kom það .... ég mundi eftir þessari mynd .... Hehehe einhver hefur þó aðrar hugmyndir um Trump og eftir síðustu fréttir um "mismæli" þá fer maður að hallast að því að eitthvað sé til í þessu . Ég veit ekki hvort Trump sigri heiminn, en hann hefur í öllu falli sett sitt spor á heiminn, það tekur enginn frá honum. Það er svo spurning hvort það sé spor til að stæra sig af ... Ég bið Trump aðdáendur afsökunar á þessu stöðuga drullukasti í átrúnaðargoðið, en hann liggur bara svo vel við höggi ...
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    Ég er dáltið á þessari línu líka ... það verður að skoða þetta í samhengi ... Það eru gettó í Dk þar sem innflytjendur eiga erfitt með að aðlagast og læra ekki dönsku af því að þeir horfa stöðugt á arabískar sjónvarpsstöðvar. Ég er ekki sammála þessari stefnu, en get samt séð að hvatinn á bakvið er ekki til að niðurlægja eða gera lítið úr múslímum, heldur botnar hann í áhyggjum yfir vöntun á aðlögun margra innflytjenda, jafnvel eftir áratugi í Danmörku. Hérna er kvótið sem er haft eftir henni ... (frá 2010 eftir þvi sem ég fæ best séð) https://politiken.dk/indland/politik/art5010653/Pia-Kjærsgaard-vil-forbyde-paraboler-i-Vollsmose skoðið annars sjálfir ... https://www.b.dk/kommentarer/har-loekke-afblaest-vaerdikampen https://www.information.dk/telegram/2010/10/df-forbyde-arabiske-tv-kanaler https://politiken.dk/indland/politik/art4981178/DFer-går-i-protest-mod-parabolforbud https://politiken.dk/indland/politik/art4980866/Pia-K.-Jamen-så-forbyd-tv-kanalerne
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    Tjah ekki endilega ef það eru bara menningarlegar forsendur þar á bak við, þar að segja aðgerð til að ýta undir aðlögun. Ekki misskilja mig samt mér finnst það fáránleg tillaga að ætla að banna gervihnattadiska í ákveðnum hverfum en ég mér finnst það samt ekki vera staðfesting á rasisma.
  6. 1 point
    Hið besta mál. En ef að þú kemur gömlu Málefnunum í loftið aftur, verðum við þá undir heraga, verðum að læra hægri, vinstri, hægri vinstri, einn, tveir, þrir, fjórir, á frönsku? ?
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    FYI, ég hafði samband við Ásthildi Cecil í gær og fékk hjá henni upplýsingar um hverja hún telur að séu með málefni gömlu málefnanna. Ég hafði s.s. samband við þann aðila og er að bíða eftir einhverju frá þeim. En ég veit ekki enn hver er með þennan vef. Læt ykkur vita hvernig þetta fer. Ef einhvern veginnn.
  8. 1 point
    Ég hefði alveg borgað tvo eða jafnvel þrjá þúsundkalla ef ég hefði verið beðinn um slíkt frekar en að láta loka. Maður hefur nú eytt meiru í einhverja vitleysu. Takk Ingimundur fyrir að græja þetta. Held samt að þetta sé líklega rétt mat hjá Frater frekar en að um samsæri sé að ræða :)
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    Vertu velkominn Jenar, rétt hjá þér, snubbótt var það.
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    Hvað gömlu málefnin varðar, ef þau koma ekki upp aftur, þá finnst mér þetta heldur snubbóttur endir á 15 árum óslitið á netinu...
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    Ég er mættur, hahaha.... búinn að láta fleebah og hallgeir Ellýjar vita líka. Fleiri þekki ég ekki undir raunheimanöfnum... Takk fyrir framtakið Ingimundur... ❤️ ? Er reyndar búinn að gleyma því hvernig á að ná í mynd af mér.... spyr strákana mína, þeir kunna þetta, hehe...
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    I had one of you for a visit a week ago or so. Always a little nervous when my customers come, do they know what a farm in reality looks like? Better when the sun is shining and everything nice, but you never know, might be a sick or a dead animal you missed that morning, a million mishaps possible on a farm. But we got through it, a nice visit. I really like interacting with you even though I might get a little hyper, a personallity trade running in my family. Been thinking about I should have a separate discussion on negative things. You can then skip it and I get things of my chest. I start to get resentful having to be hip and everything on the up and up all the time, my reality just not like that. Sometimes I feel as if I am on the eastern front. It is not easy doing this, the most difficult part how alone one is. Not many understand today what farming is really about. Years past rural communities were about farming, everybody understood the issues, either you were a farmer or in a profession supporting farming. In those days if your cows broke through a fence, everybody knew how to handle it and would help. Today if my cows brake out, people get irritated as if the cows do not belong here anymore. This is still very much a rural community, but for some reason people act as if they live in the suburbs. Has to do with all the farms around me gone under, only empty land. More negativity later, a lot more.
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    Ice on the channel when I took the dogs out this morning except where the beaver lives. Didn't see it but it slapped its tail ones on the water. Maybe I should have a spear with me, a knife or something. Ones knew a man in Edinburgh Scotland, he had a cane you could take a sword out of if needed, He had the cane with him every time he took their dog for a walk on the streets of Edinburgh at night, a King Charles Spaniel. Believe it or not, Sean Connery was their milk man as a young man. Putting in a picture I took Yesterday, as you see, the snow was for real. Going for a preventive medical examination today, one where you have to drink specific liquids to flush your self, not very pleasant, wish me luck. The reason, my brother died from colon cancer. Not that I believe there is a genetic component, firmly believe it is all diet. Salt, spices, preservatives and other chemicals we put into our bodies, I really believe this. That one reason I do not sell smoked meats. No salt , no spices, no nothing in my diet. Except coffee, can't make it without coffee. One reason I am farming and raising meat, for my self, not only you. But if you want to come for the ride you are more than welcome, ?
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    Took these pictures this morning, never seen these ducks before and don´t know what kind they are, if they are just passing through or putting up a nest on the farm. Was really down this morning, had this nightmare . Was driving around with orders and didn't know who was supposed to get them or where they lived, totally lost in some mountainous terrain, dirt roads, could have been somewhere in the Alps for all I know. Ended up on this dead end road and then driving in woods completely and utterly lost far away from civilization. Think I might have had this dream many times in different variations. Then all of a sudden in an elevator going up and up in an old skyscraper. Up and up to where nobody lived in it, everything empty. So if any of you have a degree in psychology, you can maybe tell me what's? wrong with me. Or better, don´t! ? Again about my systems, all getting better and simpler. But for this to work, you my customers and your families have to eat what I produce on a regular bases, does not work if you only order ones in a while for maybe other reasons than eating the meat. You have to believe, like I do, this meat being better for you than what you get in the store, pointless otherwise to go through all this trouble. Does not help your health does it, to eat this meat ones in a blue moon and live on Twinkie s in between? I do not hesitate to eat other things, but firmly believe I have to stick to my meat most of the time, being important for my health. One reason I am doing this, for my self and my family. And for the record, have not had a cold, flu or anything for years now, cross my heart. ? One important part of my believe system is that the fat in this meat is healthier for you, find it therefore somewhat disappointing, you don't don't take all the fat you can get in the auctions and such. Maybe you don't know this, your brain mostly a big fat-blob made up of complicated fats you need from somewhere else, your body does not make them. My believe you don't get them from plant oils. As i said, believes of mine, the fats on animals raised on grass or hay, different from the fats in animals raised mostly on grain.
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    Just a little something, took these pictures this morning. You can see Dumas there living with Eccho the stallion and has all winter. Soon the rams will join them. Had just terrible horrible wicked bad luck with the sheep this winter. Things greening up. For years now I have kept a discussion going in Iceland in Icelandic on a forum like this. Had well over one million hits. Would compare to over a billion in this country. Icelanders about 300.000, us here about 300 million or 1000 times more Americans than Icelanders in the world. Multiply 300.000 by one thousand and you get one billion Over there I am somewhat of a persona-non-grata, an outlaw almost, in exile. Here I want everybody to like me, you my customers one and all. ?
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    Rained over night but a lot warmer, the long Johns in the drawer till next winter. Being seeing these ducks in the channels and on the pond, but because the dogs run in front, they flush them up before I get close enough to get a picture. Either they are on their way south or they are going to nest on the farm. Many other species of ducks and maybe if I go without the dogs and have the trigger finger on the camera button I can get them for you to see. I feel that as soon as it warmed up the cattle began to put on weight, a proof to me this coat thing is important. The cattle burns a lot of calories staying warm in winter. Healthier for them to be outside in the fresh air but costs in hay. Think maybe I am over this tipping point with the coats , enough of them with impressive coats now so I can start to select more aggressively and in very few years have most of the herd with thick winter coats, how about that. Took these pictures this morning, just another morning on the farm . The beaver was at it over night, maybe it will follow us into the house one of these days. In one of the pictures you can see this white dot, Dumas the Pyrenees sleeping in the middle of the field, they do this even if it is below zero.
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    First the picture of my breakfast, half a pound of pork and six eggs from our range raised chicken fried in pork fat. I am really a walking medical experiment. If I survive this diet as I have now for many years, my weight just exactly what it should be, you all should have the same breakfast. Somewhat of a challenge these days keeping the chicken all live and well. The plan to have these Decker rat terriers kill of the vermin around the farm so the chicken can feel free to do their thing. Just that the two puppies Pez and Pu have not learned their role in live quite yet, have killed a few chicken, but are learning through a tough love regiment. Took these pictures this morning when I went out with the dogs. The subjects are going to be the same day after day, the same walk every morning, but different thoughts I hope. Bought a new memory card for the camera, shows 999 pictures available, means many more than 999. When I was a young man, I had ambitions to become a photographer. Then you bought a 35 mm color film, processing cost included, either Kodak from the US or Agfa from Germany, 20 or 36 exposures. You would then send the film for processing in an envelope included to respective country and get the pictures back. Not cheap at all and you really had to think about what you were pointing the camera at. Now you can just click away and maybe one of them will come out good, more- than 999 pictures available. Saw this beaver this morning, almost as it was following us as we walked by the channel,. Only saw his back as it came up and went down again, not a muskrat, much bigger. Saw a muskrat two days ago, much smaller. Writing about this makes it all more real, nice to be able to share it. The first picture of Blondie. She is the one on the logo, retired now. She did not have enough milk for her last two calves. But because she is a model, she will be around as long as she stays healthy, looks pretty good. Was going to write about me breeding thicker coats on my cattle but will do that tomorrow, chores waiting.
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    Summer might be here, seemed like it this morning. After finishing taking hay to the cows Yesterday just before dusk, I took the dogs and my new telephoto lens for a long walk. Of course, this being a farm, it did not go as intended. Came up on a cow who had decided to have her calf in a puddle. Then when I tried to move it, she decided it to be none of my business, me better keep my dirty hands of her calf. When a cow starts to bellow (rumble?) it is quite scary, a deep rumbling sound, last warning before she tries to kill you. They shake their head, scratch with their front feet, but their head low to the ground, blow steam out of their nostrils and froth at the mouth, not a comforting sight. She might have been more excited because the dogs were not far away, thinking them coyotes. Was able to drag the calf out of the puddle, put some hay underneath and home I went. Then after dinner I went there again and was able to carry the calf to a dryer spot, could feel it on my body this morning, they are quite heavy. A sight I guess seeing me carrying the calf, maybe 70 lbs. in my arms while trying to look behind me to see if she was coming for me, but nobody but me and dark. Took these pictures, a long walk as I said..
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    Frost this morning but beautiful weather, promise of a warm day, but then Temma said it is going to be in the twenties to night! When is this going to end, maybe no summer? Took the new used telephoto lens I bought on Ebay out this morning. The seller said he had used it ones taking pictures of the stars. Seems like he was truthful. I like Ebay, bought most of the equipment for the slaugherhouse there. The first picture of the pigs sleeping in their nest. They make the nest in the hay and eat it too, even put hay over them selfs as comforters. Pile on top of each other at dusk and in no hurry getting up in the morning. One can not have too many of them together or different sizes, the ones on the bottom will be smothered, has happened more than ones. The plan to make smaller winter lots in a row with one long lot in front to sort them. One thing you don't want is a loose pig on the farm. They will eventually go where they are supposed to, but not until they have made you run here and there and to and fro, good exercise though. I am not taking these pictures to win any prizes, just to make you feel you came for a short visit.
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    Not going to put another snow picture in, getting too depressing, snowed some more over night, supposed to warm up over the weekend. Yesterday I brought two steers and two pigs to Steiner. Took a couple of pictures there to show you. Also brought home the meat from two steers, the processing cost for the two of them a little over $1200, $1209 to be exact. These were light steers, so no more than 20 shares out of both of them. If we say about about $200 a share $5.95 a pound, then it takes 6 shares to pay for the processing, you tell me if it adds up. Now I have to sell them , here is one Steer. First picture outside Steiner, one picture from inside, the crew cutting meat, hard work. Nathan the owner bringing my meat out for me to load. I call him Nathan, not sure it is exactly his name, too embarrassed to ask I guess. He bought the place from Steiner last year, worked there before. Steiner is still around, helping out even if retired. He was there and I asked why he wasn't in Florida.
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    Snowed overnight, maybe even three inches and now we are getting closer to May. Two steers and two pigs, one for ground, going to Steiner today. Then no more steers until later in the summer. A few in the freezer, but we might be short midsummer. Has to do with I was forced to sell steers on the market last year, one has to plan in years with the beef. Been thinking about Dennis's post, fascinating. It is hard to farm today, one is totally alone and it considered a mental illness one doesn't give up and that is a fact. In my area there is nobody left. Some small dairy farms hanging on, some with a couple of beef cows and that's about it. Further north and west in New York State more farms but one has the feeling, they all failing too and failing fast. Things are out of control, just a couple of years ago dairy farmers were not doing too bad, local yogurt plants buying the milk. But now it seems, milk has become a world commodity, broken down into its ingredients and shipped around the world. What I was trying to say, one has these ideas on how to farm, take care of the land and do it right. But it all becomes nonsense in the end, bigger forces at work around one. The world that was with family farms collapsing, not only here in the States, the corporations making your food today all over the world. And what is more, the towns that lived of these family farms dying too. This opioid epidemic in rural America, in my believe, very much because of this. Not because these drugs are so addictive, been around for a long time, but because people have lost hope, their lives destroyed by outside economic forces, being it cheap imports, factory farms etc. So here I am, thinking I can take on the world, do my channels nobody understands except Dennis, how insane is that?? A few years ago I was told by the New York City watershed or USDA or the Cooperative extension or EPA, never knew exactly who, I was in violation of something. Never told what, don't think they even knew. It then went higher up, even to DC when I let them know I was not backing down, considered this conservation ahead of its time. At least my believe as crazy as that might be, more than willing to accept I was delusional, told them so. They then decided I was not in violation of thing thing I was in violation of what ever that was, never told. My believe they just backed down because they didn't want that fight then. Would not be surprised they come back when they want to take it up again on their terms. This is what it is like to be farmer today, no lobbyists to help, no lawyers, no nobody watching your back, the last farmer in the valley. Out to load these animals for Steiner.
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    I love the channels catching run off. We did the same at our place. We call it a berm and swale system. Very useful for planting trees in heavy clay or high water table. The trees are planted in berms which are raised about 3 feet off the ground, some places slightly lower. The swales are like ditches on contour that slow, sink, and gradually spread water. The spacing is every 30 feet. Here's a photo from our place.
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    Yes a whole thing this New York City watershed, something I am very much aware of, the farm being in it. Will write more about it in the future. And about the vikings, many different theories floating around and I even have one my self. Mine like this: Iceland was the first "slave colony" of the Europeans, the "vikings" by that time in more places than Scandinavia and had mixed with the locals. In The Book Of The Settlement" it is said many of the settlers came from different places, mostly Ireland, Scotland, and the islands north of Scotland. Us Icelanders even consider Trump one of us for that reason. Anyway, at that time Dublin was a viking city or town and the home of the biggest slave market in Europe, that is a fact. Slaves coming from everywhere, the east, the vikings going all the way to Istanbul today (Constantinople then) by the rivers of Russia. The name Russia another name for a viking("Rus" Arabic). Even slaves from Africa brought by the Arabs. The Arabs then taking European slaves back. I understand European slaves were valuable because they knew how to use European tools. So if you were rich enough in those days to own a ship and you going to Iceland, what would your cargo be?? Slaves most likely to work the resources in a virgin land. Then it got colder and those who could left, only us the descendants of the slaves left. What do you think about this for a theory? :-) It is on mornings like this, mud, rain wind, just a little bit over freezing, you wonder why you are doing this. Then you remember, could be worse, you could be in Iceland and the gale trying to blow you away. This a picture of a road in Iceland where the wind peeled the asphalt off.
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    http://www.businessinsider.com/grass-fed-claims-beef-bogus-usda-packaging-2016-2 I was not writing about these things just to rant, have my reasons as a producer of grass fed beef. Grass fed beef is the backbone of my operation, if I am not losing on the beef, I most surely know I am not making any money on anything else. Some years ago I was ready to quit, didn't make sense to keep on going,. But then this direct marketing came up and the promise us small operators could make a living on grass fed beef. That it was healthier both for us and the animals. For a few years everything looked pretty good, expanded the herd and was hopeful things would add up, The climate here n the Catskills is somewhat perfect for cattle, enough moisture in the mountains for hay making and grazing. Because cows are this big, coyotes are not really a problem, so far anyway. Also their instinct to even run the predators down. In winter because of their size again and herd mentality, they can take any weather winter throws at them. A little like penguins, move around in the tight herd so only a few of them are in the cold wind at any one time, quite amazing. Animals outside are just healthier. But just as the herd was up to size to make a living on, the market crashed for grass fed beef. Mostly, I think, becouse Big Meat was not about to give up any of its market share, forced USDA out of regulating what grass fed beef is and started to market fake grass fed beef and that's the truth. It is more expensive to raise grass fed beef, takes longer to grow to size and finish without hormones and grain. Those buying my beef have to believe grass fed is healthier otherwise it doesn''t make any sense, you can buy your beef grain fed better finished in the store for less. Last summer I had too many steers ready for direct marketing and had to take several to market. Got no premium for them being grass fed, even punished, got less, not fat enough. Nice to get the cash up front without all the extra work, butchering costs etc. etc. but lost on them just the same. Now I have only 4 ready steers in the field from 2015 and will hopefully be able to direct market them all. Will be done early summer and then the 2016 crop will start to be ready, quite a few. The same prospect, some of them will have to go to the regular market unless you help me market them here. But then the problem of not getting slots at the butcher. On January 12, 2016, the Agricultural Marketing Service, a branch of the US Department of Agriculture, announced that it was dropping its official definition of "grass-fed." In a statement,the AMS claimed that it doesn't have the authority to define and determine whether specific grass-fed claims that companies make on their packaging are "truthful and not misleading." And: "Like other mostly meaningless label terms, [...] grass-fed will become just another feel-good marketing ploy used by the major meat-packers to dupe consumers into buying mass-produced, grain-fed, feedlot meat," There are many other reasons us small farmers can not compete with Big Meat, like imports from countries that still practice slavery for all practical purposes, environmental denigration in these same countries, workers in processing plants in this country being mistreated to put it mildly etc. etc. The truth is, Big Meat has moved into the world market and makes even more profit on importing the meat. Big Meat was able to kill "the origin of the meat label" we were promised .The beef in your store could just as well be a "holy cow" from India raised on cardboard and you none the wiser. But the promise was, us small producers could make a living with grass fed beef, that USDA would help with getting small slaughtering plants back. Big Meat has now for decades been systematically buying up small plants and closing them until very very few are left. USDA helped putting up a small slaughtering house in Hartwick NY not far from us, maybe 5 years ago, was supposed be a new time in rural America. But this fall, some big producer bought the plant and is only going to do his own cattle in it. No surprise here if it closes in the near future. Seems like we are back to where Big Meat rules, owns the farms, the feed-lots, the plants and the USDA, nothing left for any one else and you forced to eat what Big Meat decides is good enough for you. Obviously I can not farm at a loss for ever. Not giving up quite yet, but if I was profitable I would have other farmers as neighbors, all gone long time ago. Enough ranting and complaining for one Easter morning. :-)
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    Ice rain over night, very slippery when I got out. The bitch is in heat and I have to have her on leash kicking the dogs away, the Great Pyrenees Sola in love. Not the most dignified way of taking a morning walk. Waiting for the first calf's to come and been lucky, no calf's so far, not best thing to have them in snowdrifts and maybe below zero. Has to do with when I remove the bull calf's from the cows. I want to keep them with their mothers a long as possible, but at the same time, don't want steer them too early thinking it sets them back. So I have to be careful not to leave them to long because then I will have calf's out of season nine months later. I put the bulls with the cows 15th of July and then the calf's start to come about this time and into summer. The first calf came Yesterday dead as a dodo. Don't know what was wrong, might just be some birth defect and therefore born stillborn. Or always the worry, an infection, and an abortion storm coming up, many of the cows getting infected. If I am right, they then gain immunity. But what ever the reason, this cow gets culled, the farmers remedy to everything, breed it out of the herd. It was cold Yesterday morning but then warmed up, I found them maybe around 5 PM. She had cleaned the calf but it obviously never moved. On the smaller side but normal otherwise. So hopefully not abortion due to infection. They usually have their calf's in the early afternoon, the best time of the day especially when it is cold. Also at night, predators are more aggressive. So the instinct seems to be to have them in early afternoon. But what ever the reason, the cow gets culled and maybe a problem in the herd removed a little bit that way. Trying to start cattle records in a spreadsheet, more on that later, even tomorrow, that the reason I took these pictures of the cow. As you can see, still snow on the ground but getting thinner by the day, spring coming.
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