The big question

By Prosperity Acres On September 20th, 2016

Each year at the fair I’m asked the exact same question.  How can you eat that cow after you have raised it?  I’ve pondered that question over the years.  I was not born into a cattle family, I would have to say it was just a calling that happened.

I have grown up with dogs, cats and horses my entire life.  I call them pets, although the horse lives in the pasture with a barn.  I didn’t start raising cattle until I was an adult in my early 20’s.  We bought cattle to raise and feed our family but not to feed the public.  I didn’t start raising goats until 10 years ago when we bought a whether for Amanda to show as a 4H project.  What I have found is that no matter what animal I raise I care for them the same.  I give them all my time and attention.  But I know that the Bovine and Caprine have a purpose and that is to feed people.

In 2009 I expanded the herd to start selling meat (beef and goat) to the public.  They deserve a good life not one of living in fear.  The cattle and goats are able to walk around in the pastures and nap whenever they want to.  We check them twice a day when being fed to make sure nothing out of the ordinary happened to them during the day or night.  They are only provided antibiotics when medically necessary.  But I do believe in providing antibiotics when medically necessary.  If an animal is raised organic and gets sick it has to be culled from the herd and sent to slaughter because it can not be given an antibiotic.  Medically necessary means just that, the veterinarian has said the animal is sick and needs medical attention.  I think that is being a good steward when you care for your herd in that manner.

The cattle and goats are raised on the farm until they are ready for processing.  I explain each year at the fair that I have chosen this life and am the best steward of the cattle and goats I can be.  They are treated with love and care each day in a stress free environment.  I know exactly what that animal has eaten since it was born.  In reading A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, it says we are each called to be of service to God.  I think being a farmer is a calling from God, you are chosen.  It is a hard life meaning that no matter the weather you are outside caring for the animals (rain, sun, snow, hurricane).  You care for them when the are healthy and care for them when they are sick.  You rejoice when you have a healthy one born and you cry when you have a loss at birth.  You met wonderful people along the way that share your passion which is a plus.

The fairgoers that say they could never do it are right.  But that is okay they weren’t meant to raise animals for the food chain.  Not everyone is.  There will always be farmers that raise animals for food production and that is a privilege to care for that animal from beginning to end.  When I explain my story in this way the fairgoers seem to be more accepting to learn about where their food comes from and how it is raised.  It is a responsibility we all have to know where our food comes from and to know the difference in what a sheep is, a pig is, a cow is, and what a goat is.

I always thank the animals when I take them to be processed for feeding all the people they will feed.  But in the end I always take a moment and thank God for choosing me to be a steward of his flock.  I call it being of service to God and doing what is asked of me.


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.

Maryland Farmer’s Market

By Prosperity Acres On May 2nd, 2014

Starting May 18th we will be located at the Bowie Farmer’s Market in Bowie Maryland, Sundays 8am – 12pm
15200 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD.  Bowie Farmer’s Market

We will be selling Beef, Goat Meat and raw dog food

#bowiefarmersmarket #bowiemaryland #freshbeef #freshgoatmeat


Starting May 27th we will be located at the Riva Road Annapolis Farmer’s Market in Annapolis Maryland, Tuesdays from 7am – 1pm Riva Road/Harry S. Truman Parkway Annapolis Maryland.  Riva Road Farmer’s Market

We will be selling Goat Meat and raw dog food

#rivaroadfarmersmarket #annapolismaryland #rawdogfood #freshgoatmeat

High Beef costs

By Prosperity Acres On April 15th, 2014

Analyst are saying beef pricing is at an all time high and will remain that way for some time.  As grilling season is upon us if you are going to eat red meat support your local producer.  Eat local and eat fresh.  Read more

Grass vs. Grain Fed Beef Research

By Prosperity Acres On March 31st, 2014

Grass-Fed Vs. Grain-Fed Ground Beef — No Difference In Healthfulness

Mar 25, 2014

Is ground beef from grass-fed cattle healthier than that from conventionally raised ground beef? Texas A&M University research says no. 

Table of Contents:

  • Grass-Fed Vs. Grain-Fed Ground Beef — No Difference In Healthfulness
  • Oleic acid in beef

The Internet is awash in websites that proclaim the nutritional benefits of ground beef from grass-fed cattle. However, researchers in Texas A&M University’s Department of Animal Science have published the only two research studies that actually compared the effects of ground beef from grass-fed cattle and traditional, grain-fed cattle on risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type II diabetes in men. Was ground beef from grass-fed beef actually more healthful? No, the study found.