October, 2011

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Annual Cow Pie Bingo, Saturday November 5th at 4:00PM

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

The Breakneck Hill Cow Fund will hold its annual cowpie bingo fund raiser Saturday November 5th at 4:00 PM in the Community Garden. There will be 100 squares sold. First square a cowpie lands in wins $200. Squares are $20. Money raised will go to help feed the cows this winter. We still have plenty of squares available.  Squares can be purchased online or by calling 508-330-7216 or emailing paul.bourdon@gtc-bio.com. Henry, our new Milking Devon calf will be available to pet and lead on a halter. Hope to see you there.

Henry with his milk mustache.

 

Why drugs should only be used therapeutically in livestock

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

I thought this was a great resource for anyone who eats meat and/or uses antibiotics. Currently, antibiotics are used at sub-therapeutic levels in livestock to assist in weight gain. This creates the perfect situation for evolution. Bacteria can easily develop resistance to these antibiotics which are also used to treat infections in humans. The waste from the livestock is spread on fields used to grow vegetables and if not properly washed the bacteria end up in a human unable to treat the infection with that/ or those antibiotics. These problems are becoming more and more common and the federal government is finally starting to pay attention but the big agri-industry is not going to change without a fight so its important to pressure your congressmen to eliminate the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics. This website is a good place to start.

http://www.saveantibiotics.org/moms/

http://www.saveantibiotics.org/resources/HHIFBibliographyFinal%20with%20TOC%20012011.pdf

Annual Cow Fund Update

Friday, October 14th, 2011

It’s hard to believe that the Breakneck Hill Cow Fund (BHCF) was established 10 years ago! The BHCF, a non-profit, 501c3 organization was formed to buy hay for the belted galloway cows previously owned by Farmer Ray Davis. In 2002 the BHCF assumed ownership of the cows and has an expanded mission not only to care and maintain a community herd of cows in Southborough, but also to promote and celebrate Southborough’s agricultural history and the importance of local farming.

Over the years we have strived to improve the overall health and genetic diversity of the herd. We have invited impressive bulls such as Zeus, a Nationally registered bull, George, and most recently Ferdinand, to spend summers with our lovely belted ladies. Presently, our herd stands at 12 belted galloway cows, 5 steers, 1 Milking Devon and her 1 month old bull calf named “Henry”.

The cows have enjoyed their summer home on the rolling fields of the Breakneck Conservation land. 6 paddocks have been created in the pasture to help the cows better maintain the grasses and support grass regeneration. Rotating the herd through these paddocks also ensures that the cows have access to a healthier food supply. They will soon cross over to their winter paddock at the Breakneck Hill Farm in early November.

The BHCF continues its dedication to community outreach and education. We depend on volunteer work from youth groups and enthusiastic adults looking for an opportunity to connect with their “inner farmer”. We thoroughly enjoy our visits from preschool groups, scout troops, and people passing by. We greatly appreciate the help from local groups and individuals in helping to feed the cows throughout the winter, putting up fences, and many other cow related activities. Without your help, we could not continue to have the herd of belted galloway cows here in Southborough.

The BHCF raises money to purchase hay and maintain the herd through a series of fund-raising events; all money raised goes directly to this purpose. Hay prices have soared and are over $6/bale. The cows ate over 1700 bales last year! A booth at Heritage Day helps us raise awareness of the cows in Southborough and serves as one of our most consistent ways to raise funds to support our cow cause. On Saturday, November 5th at 4pm, we will hold our annual Farm Day. This is a family outing that takes place at the Breakneck Hill Community Gardens and includes a family hike, local treats and sweets, and our exciting “Cow Pie Contest” which is one of our biggest fund raisers and most exciting events!

For more information please visit our website at www.southborobelties.org

Please donate and help us keep our belted galloways healthy and happy!

Thank you!

Laurie Bourdon-President, Chris Molinaro-VP, Joyce Greenleaf-Secretary/Treasurer, Paul Bourdon-Operations Mgr, Russ Devlin-webmaster

Southborough Heritage Day

Monday, October 3rd, 2011