Invasive species are a problem

By Prosperity Acres On May 24th, 2016

What are invasive species? Invasive species means the plants are not native to the area you live in or that coastal region. An invasive species is a plant, fungus, or animal species that is not native to a specific location (an introduced species), and which has a tendency to spread to a degree believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy or human health.

One particular invasive species in Maryland is Kudzu. Kudzu is extremely invasive and is native to Asia; therefore the east coast in the United States is not native. The weight of kudzu vines can actually uproot trees, elevating the plant from a mere annoyance to an actual source of danger. The Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) recently added kudzu to the Global Invasive Species database and they’ve named it one of the 100 worst alien invasive species on Earth. Kudzu is so invasive and damaging to the environment that Federal, State and Local Agencies offer grants to assist with eradicating it.

One such means of eradicating invasive species is goats; it looks grand from every angle. A herd of goats can be turned loose on a neglected field, overgrown with invasive exotic plants whose fun names – such as Kudzu – belie the damage it inflicts on native ecosystems.

The goats browse away happily, completely defoliating these unwanted plants. They destroy the seeds inside their digestive tracts that are made up of four chambers and then scatter droppings everywhere, fertilizing the ground as they go. They come back another time or two for subsequent passes, and voilà, a piece of land overrun by invasive plants has been reclaimed and improved in a non-chemical and non-fossil fuel-burning way.

Hire goats to eat the unwanted vegetation in an environmentally friendly way.

For more information about Kudzu damage and browsing goats visit www.browsinggreengoats.com

Eco-friendly goats and Celebrate Maryland Flower Show

By Prosperity Acres On March 7th, 2015

 

Have you thought about hiring goats to clean up your unwanted vegetation but haven’t quite made the decision to move forward.  Come see Green Goats and meet the staff at the 2015 Celebrate Maryland Flower Show at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, MD March 14-15 and March 21-22 from 11-4 each day.  Speak with our friendly and knowledgeable staff to learn how hiring our eco-friendly landscapers could be the right choice for your property.

Green Goats love poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, multi-flora rose and various other invasive plants that are hard for you to get to.  They are extremely efficient and fun to watch.

Visit our page Green Goats to learn more about our goats and how to hire them. To get all the details about the Celebrate Maryland Flower Show walking through Maryland Agriculture from the Eastern Shore to the Western Shore visit Homestead Gardens.

Sure Champ Horse

By Prosperity Acres On November 24th, 2014

November 15, 2014 was the BEST Horse Show Series awards banquet for the Spring/Summer 2014 shows.  We are so proud to announce that Jacqueline and Hakuna Matata were champion 2.3 ft and OTTB 2.6ft jumpers.

We attribute so much of their success to Jacqueline’s hard work and commitment to her riding and to Sure Champ Horse by Vitaferm.  Hakuna has come a long way since we adopted him as an Off the Track Thoroughbred in June of 2012.  He was skinny, sad looking eyes and starving for nourishment from his feed.  We have used Vitaferm Sure Champ on our cattle and goats for 6 years now and knew we need to put Hakuna on the product as well.

Hakuna’s farrier says it is unheard of to see OTTB’s with great feet and yet Hakuna does.  We attribute that also to the Sure Champ as it is a product that enhances the good flora in the intestine’s so that the animal absorbs all the nutrients they need from their feed.  We truly believe in Sure Champ that with all our animals whether horses or the cattle or goats that we receive better results in the show ring because of it.

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Invasive Plants

By Prosperity Acres On August 14th, 2014

According to the USDA Invasive Plants are introduced species that can thrive in areas beyond their natural range of dispersal. These plants are characteristically adaptable, aggressive, and have a high reproductive capacity. Their vigor combined with a lack of natural enemies often leads to outbreak populations.  That is where Eco-friendly Green Goats come in.  Your property can become a jungle from invasive species, but it doesn’t have to.  Herbicides are dangerous to the environment and have negative lasting effects.  Having heavy equipment come in and take it all out is not the answer either.  When you do that, that company takes the debris to a landfill and dumps it, then the landfill shreds it for mulch, you then go to the landfill to get free mulch, you then spread the free mulch and once again have invasive species growing on your property.  When goats eat the invasives they don’t spread the plants in their manure, the enzymes in their intestines breaks them down and they don’t spread again.  Think Green and hire goats.

 

Vitamins and Minerals are important

By Prosperity Acres On August 7th, 2014

Animals bodies are like humans in that that they need vitamins and trace minerals just like we do for the same reasons such as these, body produces skin, muscle, and bone. It churns out rich red blood that carries nutrients and oxygen to remote outposts, and it sends nerve signals skipping along thousands of miles of brain and body pathways. It also formulates chemical messengers that shuttle from one organ to another, issuing the instructions that help sustain our livestock and equines lives.

Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients—because acting in concert, they perform hundreds of roles in the body. They help shore up bones, heal wounds, and bolster the immune system. They also convert food into energy, and repair cellular damage.

But trying to keep track of what all these vitamins and minerals do can be confusing. Read enough articles on the topic, and your eyes may swim with the alphabet-soup references to these nutrients, which are known mainly be their initials (such as vitamins A,B,C,D,E, and K—to name just a few).

A lack of key micronutrients can cause harm to the body, getting sufficient quantities can provide a substantial benefit. Some examples of these benefits:

  • Strong bones. A combination of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin K, magnesium, and phosphorus protects your bones against fractures.
  • Prevents birth defects. Taking folic acid supplements early in pregnancy helps prevent brain and spinal birth defects in offspring.

The difference between vitamins and minerals

Although they are all considered micronutrients, vitamins and minerals differ in basic ways. Vitamins are organic and can be broken down by heat, air, or acid. Minerals are inorganic and hold on to their chemical structure.

So why does this matter? It means the minerals in soil and water easily find their way into our animals bodies through the plants and water they consume.

Interacting—in good ways and bad

Many micronutrients interact. Vitamin D enables the body to pluck calcium from food sources passing through the digestive tract rather than harvesting it from the bones. Vitamin C helps absorb iron.

The interplay of micronutrients isn’t always cooperative, however. For example, vitamin C blocks the body’s ability to assimilate the essential mineral copper. And even a minor overload of the mineral manganese can worsen iron deficiency.

A closer look at water-soluble vitamins

Water-soluble vitamins are packed into the watery portions of the foods our animals eat. They are absorbed directly into the bloodstream as food is broken down during digestion or as a supplement dissolves.

Because much of the body consists of water, many of the water-soluble vitamins circulate easily in the body.  The kidneys continuously regulate levels of water-soluble vitamins, shunting excesses out of the body through the urine.

Although water-soluble vitamins have many tasks in the body, one of the most important is helping to free the energy found in the food diet we feed our animals. Others help keep tissues healthy. Here are some examples of how different vitamins help you maintain health:

  • Release energy. Several B vitamins are key components of certain coenzymes (molecules that aid enzymes) that help release energy from food.
  • Produce energy. Thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and biotin engage in energy production.
  • Build proteins and cells. Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid metabolize amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) and help cells multiply.
  • Make collagen. One of many roles played by vitamin C is to help make collagen, which knits together wounds, supports blood vessel walls, and forms a base for teeth and bones.

Trace minerals carry out a diverse set of tasks. Here are a few examples:

  • Iron is best known for carrying oxygen throughout the body.
  • Zinc helps blood clot, is essential for taste and smell, and bolsters the immune response.
  • Copper helps form several enzymes, one of which assists with iron metabolism and the creation of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood.

The other trace minerals perform equally vital jobs, such as helping to block damage to body cells and forming parts of key enzymes or enhancing their activity.  We all try our best when it comes to raising our animals on pasture to grow what is needed for them, but not all vitamins and trace minerals reach the levels our animals need in their forage.  Even if we are raising a herd that is out on pasture and not hand fed daily they should at a minimum receive a tub of vitamins and trace minerals in a feeder for them.  This is especially true for the farms/ranches that operate Momma animals.  The momma’s need to support not only themselves but their offspring.