White Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) , Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) at Fir Meadow. Photo by Katherine Drovdahl.
We like to say that livestock and humans should eat plants and plants should eat rocks and dirt. Why is this SO CRITICALLY important???!!! When we keep things in that order bodies do well. You see when a plant converts sunlight through photosynthesis it combines nutrients it uptakes from soil (broken down rocks & organic matter) with a carbon atom. It is that carbon atom attached to that nutrient that makes it bioavailable. That nutrient becomes fully utilizable by the body. It's able to uptake it into cells, use it fully for it's intended purpose and it is fully able to eliminate any excess that it doesn't want to utilize. This allows the ability to fully nourish the body and to not store toxic or structurally damaging excesses of copper, selenium, copper, fat soluble vitamins, etc. Some of these excesses can and do build up to cause liver toxicity (which can lead to death), stones such as urinary calculi, kidney stones, enteroliths, gall stones (which form in the liver and are there as well), bone spurs, hardening of the pituitary gland or brain tissue, etc.
So how on earth do we and our beloved critters end up eating rocks? Here are a few considerations.
Our wells and city waters are not soft water- they contain rock mineral particulate. When we lived in southern Oregon I could actually SEE the particulate from our high calcium well whenever water was brewed for tea. It also accumulated at the mouths of faucets etc. There were no dandelions or alfalfa plants growing in our well to contribute to this. The soils in that area contain high amounts of calcium.
Store bought food and feeds that have minerals added or are 'fortified' have rock or synthetic sources added. Read your label- if it doesn't say the magnesium is because whole alfalfa, stinging nettle or another plant is in the product then it's not from a plant! It's from a rock or a formulated fake from a laboratory. Why do companies do this? Because it's much less expensive to mine and purchase rock nutrients than it is to use whole plants that contain the nutrients. I can purchase a whole ten yard dump truck load of several tons of rocks or sand for the same price that some of the herbs that I work with cost me by the pound! Most calcium put into food and feeds in the US is mined limestone from the midwest. Chemical or synthetic derived nutrients are cheap too and are derived from oil. Kodak is or used to be one of the largest suppliers of nutrients for the food industry. Scary or interesting. I'm not sure which it is!
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Listings limited to one per state per animal and per breed and three per Canadian province as long as listings are at least 250 miles apart (determined by Google). Except for the following states: California which shall be split into three sections- northern, central and southern. Texas which shall be split into east west north and south Texas, Alaska shall be split into the islands, the coast and the interior, and Montana which shall be split into the mountainous west region and the east plains. We are retaining Washington state for alpacas (both breeds) and LaMancha dairy goats. We retain the right to add other animal types or breeds during the year should we acquire other breeding projects (not likely but you never know). We retain the right to refuse anyone's advertisement for any reason at any time and reserve editing rights.
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LaManchas!!! Adga registered, cae/cl/johnes negative! We are still taking deposits for our 2018 kid crop. Our goats typically mature in the LA 90 to 92 range, tend to be very high in rolling average butterfat (most 4 to 4.9%), tend to be strong in the milk bucket (we've had lots of 3000K milkers and even a 4000K milker, higest this past year was 2800), breed for wonderful temperments! Alternative raised! When we showed we were blessed with many many best in show wins WA, OR and CA. www.firmeadowranch.com need to update site.... We also will be selling milkers and have bucks for sale now to keep our herd size reasonable. Not that you milk or show color but we have lots of variety too. B BLESSED live near sequim
Here's a few tips on how my husband and I largely avoid coming down with these types of issues...
Keeping your water intake up, even in the winter months is key to helping your entire body work and in helping your body dilute and move out toxins in cells and organs. If your lips feel dry then you are already dehydrated. Caffeine or refined sugar intake will dehydrate you faster.
Foods- even in the winter months try to keep an abundance of raw fruits and vegetables in your diet. Opt for vibrant colored and a diverse collection of colors in your fruit and vegetable choices. If you have a picky family member that only likes just a few choices, be sure and keep those on hand and you enjoy the variety yourself :). This is a GREAT time of year to keep citrus in front of you. My tea right now has squeezed lemon into it- which also aids in cleansing. Your citrus must be fresh squeezed or fresh eaten and not a refrigerated or processed product to retain the vitamin C. In fact, upwards of 60% of the Vitamin C will already be gone just fifteen minutes after juicing your fruit. Sometimes I will just add 1 drop of lemon essential oil per day (not for children under 12) to my quart canning jar filled with water.
Sleep- MAKE SURE you are getting adequate sleep to avoid wearing down your adrenals and immunity.
Exercise- FRESH AIR AND EXERCISE is important in the winter too. Those of us that participate in winter chores usually don't have a problem with this. Be sure you are getting some walking and deep breathing. I have a friend that comes over for yoga 3x per week as well. I have videos but there are good yogas to be found on youtube as well.
Herbal support- The most awesome thing about herbal support is that even if your body doesn't need it (and really, your body will still pull and use nutrients anyhow) these aren't going to hurt you. Products to consider?
Vitalerbs- available in capsule, extract or bulk powder form. This is a must take for my husband and I to be sure we have a wide range of whole herb nutrient bases covered for overall body wellness. We take these year round to be sure cells have what they need to replicate into healthier ones. Also look for Kid-E-Mins non alcohol extract for young children, toddlers, babies and even pets. Either give it by mouth or drop into their water. Nursing moms can drop a drop or two on their nipples for their baby to nurse. Click here for Vitalerbs capsules. Here for the extract. Click here for Kid E Mins. And here for the bulk powder Vitalerbs.
Herbal C - This is a fast way to get high quality whole herb C into your body. I take these every day twice per day and any time I'm heading out into public. This product also offers some heart support for a bonus. Click here.
Super Immune Garlic Extract- Is a must have in our home to keep on hand. Again, I like to have this in my blood stream before I go out in public and again after I return. It's so seldom we feel off like we are catching something, but that is another time to take it up to hourly. If a problem hits definately take it hourly!!! Click here.
Echinacea & Goldenseal capsules- Popluar and time tested to support the body during wellness challenges. If you are pregnant take this in combination with Cayenne so that the goldenseal doesn't use up all of your Vitamin B in your body. Also follow with Cayenne as the last dose of the day to top off your B's. Click here.
Kid-E-Mune extract- Echinacea is really really safe for all including pregnant and very young children. Young children can be allowed to take Kid-E-Mune hourly if wanted. Echinacea in the system helps the body make it difficult for viral activity to capture cells. I also take this before I go out in public. Take every 4 hours during public exposure. After ten days of solid use (3 or more times per day) give your body a three day sabbath from it so that your body will utilize it fully. Click here for Kid E Mune.
Cayenne- is always an option due to it's provision of Vitamin's B and C to the body as well as it's infection fighting ability. I like keeping it in salt shaker in the kitchen. It gets added to much of my meals including salads and in most of my drinks including water. Click here for capsules or here for the extract. Cayenne powder here.
Raspberry tea - drinking several glasses of this in a day often helps one feel remarkably better. Remember to continue to rest though for another couple of days or you'll relapse as your body hasn't finished the interior battle yet. Click here.
Chest Formula , Cold Formula, Lung and Bronchial Formula and Sinus Formula also offer excellent support. Take 3x per day if these are areas of weakness for you and hourly if you are having a problem. Click here.
ANYTIME you see something that creates you concern don't hesitate to consult with your medical provider. There are some real severe flu issues going around right now and you need to catch them early or better yet stay AHEAD of them before and early into exposure for best results. It's way easier to avoid an issue by keeping herbs in your body for viral and bacterial activity to hit the second they are inhaled than to fight a problem that has time to replicate and overwhelm the body.
Starting a whole body cleanse - Bowel, Liver/Kidneys and Bloodstream are a long term strong foundational building approach towards a well body. Never do these without direction from a degreed herbalist. Doing them wrong or out of order can cause serious problems. Done right there are amazing tools! We offer online consultations with our Master's degree in Herbalism practitioner under our services tab for those that don't already have someone to work with.
Here's to PEACE of mind, wellness, blessings and happy herbing! :D
*Non of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to cure, prevent, treat or diagnose disease.
KM in Southern Oregon wrote, " thanks! I've been using 3-5 day protocol of GI soother and DWorm every 3-6 months for my Donkeys for past 5 years. Vet did fecal last week and they are clean. How awesome is that!?"
Climate- Moderate to low temperature wet winters and springs with little snow, hot dry summers into mid fall.
"Hi! First I would like to say Thank You for the quick shipment! We used the GI soother at 2x strength on a ewe we thought we were going to lose. She had presented with scours for over 2 weeks and nothing we did helped her. After the first dose she perked up and after the second dose her poops returned to normal and she started eating with the other ewes. She is still thin but so much better! " PL in Oklahoma
Herb Mix GI Soother™ OG WC 8 oz
This blend contains as many ORGANIC herbs as possible and then as many WILD CRAFTED herbs as possible. GI Soother™ is a pregnancy safe medicinal grade traditional whole herb mix to avoid diarrheal incidents in livestock, pets, and poultry from coccidia, bacterias, uclers, and Haemoncus contortus (barberpole worm). It is in a powder form so very easy to put in bottles or lambars or mix in feed or mash. We use it daily in rainy weather, and every 2 to 4 days (starting at 4 days old with livestock, newly hatched with poultry) in nice weather when raising our dairy goat kids. Your level of usage will depend on your exposure, climate, and facilities. GI Soother has been working very well added to poultry rations to give hatchlings a good start. It's also been used for pasty vent, as well as coccidial, bacterial, and other conditions that can cause diarrhea in birds. It can be mixed with a touch of olive oil and added to dry feed, or mixed with a damp mash. GI Soother™ in combination with HerBiotic™ Tincture, and Heart E™ are what I would use if I were fighting Parvo in my guardian dogs. Something to keep on hand if you are expecting puppies.... A Master Herbalist developed proprietary superior quality blend of apple pectin/ fiber, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mullein, slippery elm, turmeric.
My youngest childhood poultry memory was chasing flying termites during a warm summer evening and then flinging them into our eagerly awaiting pen of Rhode Island Reds. I've still been known to fling my poultry variety a bug treat on occassion (more to remove the pest from my garden rather than to nourish them). Whether they are chickens, ducks, geese, ratites or exotics here though are some nice very nourishing Master of Herbology products for your birds and they don't require you to grab something that squirms! Our products are whole herb, no filler, incredibly high quality, and formulated by a life long animal lover / owner with a Master's degree in herbology along with other alternative international degrees and certifications.
To feed any of these total up your flock weight per pen and use that weight for your dosage weight. The first dose or doses can be double dosed if you determine your birds have a greater than average need. If you are dealing with an emergency you may want to dose every two hours. After that most people dose about twice per week unless they have a higher risk flock / situation in which case they can dose up to every day. For every day dosing an herb holiday of once per week can be given. Often the body will utilize herbs even better if a holiday is given.
The herbs can then be mixed into a wet feed (or even into raw goat milk). This is the easiest way to serve them. Also a tea can be made with the same dose of herbs and put in the amount of water they will drink that day. There is the risk that not all birds will drink enough when there are herbs in their water so I prefer feeding in wet feed.
All of these products can be used with your poultry, exotics, ratites, canine, camelid, caprine, equine, feline, ovine, porcine etc families. There are no meat or milk withdrawals and all of them can be used with chicks / ducklings, etc. For pregnancy notes see each product.
DWorm A™ herb mix contains herbs traditionally used as an anthelmintic, anthelcide and taeneacide. It is frequently the first product customers start using from our product line up. At least twice per week during humid months. It can be fed daily (give an herb sabbath once a week for the body to utilize them better). Can be fed during pregnancy at normal dose up to once per day. After first trimester can be used heavier if needed.
GI Soother™ herb mix herb mix contains herbs traditionally used during coccidia and / or barberpole worm invasions or other GI issues/distresses. I also consider this with unthrify or failure to thrive animals of any age. Can be used during pregnancy.
BetterDaze™ herb mix is popularly used with all types of creatures as a wide encompassing natural nutrient supplement containing herbs traditinally used for high vitamin, mineral and nutrient components in a whole herb easily assimilable form. Can (and should be) used during pregnancy.
LayNLayer™ herb mix gives traditional support for female birds during egg laying season. Ideally start them on this a month before laying commences.
HerBiotic™ herb mix is a traditional blend used to offer body support during viral, bacterial, microbial and fungal challenges. It can be used during pregnancy.
BreatheDeeplee™ herb mix is a wonderful traditional support to give the body what it needs to support the lungs. It can be used during pregnancy.
Fresh Start™ herb mix is a traditional herb blend to give support to the body for liver and kidney cleaning and given those vital organs nourishment to enable them to repair themselves. In poultry I would ideally dispose of eggs the first 14 days as they may have a higher accumulation of toxins from the early organ releases or start when they are not laying. Ideally not for first trimester pregnancy unless the animal has already been on the product for at least a month before breeding. If starting during pregnancy avoid first trimester and start at reduced dosage after that. Consult with a Master Herbalist if a tailored program is wanted for your creature.
Kelp- is a great natural source of minerals. Other herb products can be mixed with kelp and it can be fed free choice or it can be added to feed. Can (and should be) be used during pregnancy.
Wounderful!™ Salve is a wonderful support in burns and injuries from mild to severe in skin, bones, tendons & other tissue. In 2017 a chiropracter used it to enable his children's chicken's toes to heal after being partially eaten off by a raccoon. The chicken didn't experience infection and walks & scratches with the flock to her heart's content. Can be used during pregnancy.
Happy Flocks make Happy Farmers!
Katherine Drovdahl MH CA CR DipHIr CEIT QPT has a Master's Degree in Herbology and a lifelong love of plants & animals. It is her joy to grant hope to people and animals stuggling with wellness challenges with alternative, do no harm, cause oriented consulting and products. Consultations for human or creature conditions and all natural herb products for humans and creatures are available at www.firmeadowllc.com
This article is for educational purposes and has not been evaluated by the FDA and per the FDA we make no attempt to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat any disease.
Here's a story that came to me today from KH in Texas, "A fellow breeder (CM also Texas) recommended your DA Wormer (DWorm A- added for clarification) and GI Soother for our goats and I have to tell you how much I am impressed with these products. We bought a wether as a companion to one of our bucks in May and he had a bad case of cocci and worms. He has been on this product, along with the rest of our herd, and I did fecals today and found nothing!! I will be recommending your product even more than I already have. This stuff really works. Thanks so much!"
Also shared this weekend, "love this product our goats have never ever had a problem all the years we have been using this product." KF in Tennesee on DWorm A
Even better- herbal nutrients support your animal rather than toxify them. Parasite resistance does not become an issue when working with herbs either! Master of Herbology formulated with life long livestock/horse/pet/poultry experience including an internationally recognized herd of LaMancha dairy goats.
Herb Mix GI Soother™ OG WC 8 oz Also available in 16 ounce size!
Also look for DWorm A, available in 16 and 8 ounce sizes.
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Here's a story that was shared with us today from HB in Texas
"Once again your products amaze me! I bought the dvenom to keep on hand should anyone around here run into a copperhead. Fortunately that hasn't happened yet, but we ARE overrun with wasps. For several days in a row my kids would come inside in a panic because a wasp had gotten them. My daughter who is usually fairly allergic is always my main concern. So for each of them I soaked a piece of gauze in dvenom, then taped it on the wasp sting. Within 15 minutes they'd be tearing it off ready to get back outside because the pain, swelling and redness would be completely gone. Just amazing!!!"
Our DVenom™ has been used to support animals with bee/wasp/hornet stings, black widow bites, hobo spider bites (same venom as brown recluse), and even copperheads on body, leg/foot, udder and even face bites on dogs, livestock and horses. I have used it externally on my husband's stomach area for hobo spider bites. If used soon enough it enables the body to get ahead of the venom and break it down. It also contains herbs for vital organ and brain stem/neurosystem support.
DBug™ Salve has been used on bug bites and stings, as well as poisonous plant rashes, stinging nettle, poison oak and poison ivy. It helps the body tackle itching and helps the body to push out toxins.
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Both of these are available on our site. These products are great to have on hand- you don't want to wait two or three days to get them when you need them now.
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"I just wanted you to know that we love your products and can tell a huge difference in the health of our animals especially our sickly goat S________. She has had a multitude of problems since we bought her. She had been raised on cheap feed and unfortunately she was in bad shape but, we didn't see the signs until after we got her home. She is now healthier than ever and has learned that the GI Soother makes her feel better, so now instead of fight us when we give her the dose, she actually comes to us, licks her lips and takes it willfully. Our new babies look Awesome and are a picture of health. Thank you." JH in Kentucky shared this today. She is using GI Soother, LayNLayer, Icelandic Kelp, Kop-Sel, DWorm A and A-King Joint with various members of her herd and flock. All of these are available on our website.
I had a Fowl Pox question today. Please share this with others looking for HOLISTIC BODY NURTURING ways to deal with this challenge. If I had that in my flock (wet or dry) here is what I would use. Do remember antibiotics will get you nowhere with this problem because it is viral. HerBiotic (tm) herb mix orally (can mix in wet feed- give triple dose first day 2 to 3x that day- so split their feed up over several meals), HerBiotic(tm) salve on the lesions or pox that you find at least 2x a day- this will enable the body to try to make them so that they can't infect your facilities or anything else as they fall off. MMune(tm) herb mix to support their immune systems. Lung Support Extract can be given to support respiratory or help their bodies avoid respiratory issues. We also just changed our Breathe!(tm) Tea into a feedable herb mix - it can also made made into tea but can be fed. It also can be mixed with wet feed. Black Strap molasses (it has to be black strap with is high mineral and low sugar) can be added to make it more palatable as well as giving their bloodstream an additional nutritional boost.
If this is a problem in your area (generally humid summer climate areas and mosquito areas) consider keeping the flock on Better Daze(tm) to boost their nutrient intake. Layers can be on LayNLayer(tm) herb mix.
Many people like to start their chicks, poults, ducklings, keets, etc on GI Soother mixed with a wet mash. It really helps give thier system endurance as well as help the body with coccidial and bacterial challenges.
Happy & Healthy Poultry make Happy Owners :)
All of these products and many more are available right here on our site under the products tab. Look under herb mixes and also extracts. BE VERY BLESSED!
Heading to the fair? Here's some tips to helping your animals come though it better!
MMune - start them on it two weeks before if possible (so you know for next time) and keep them on during and two weeks past.
DWorm A- Do keep them updated- consider having them on during the event to help their bodies knock out eggs they ingest then 3 days in a row after. Yes, worm ovum will be even floating in the air (manure flakes off in small particulate and goes airborn- with worm ovum attached) and is breathed in. Consider a program for yourselves as well- we have Dr Christopher herbal parasite formula under human products.
HerBiotic herb mix- this is for bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast (can we say fair) issues. One can make herb balls if you like per my blog article and give them a couple per day and for three days after to help their bodies knock out things as they are exposed. Rabbits, Guinea pigs, Poultry, hedgehogs and other small creatures benefit from HerBiotic extract. Many will lick a drop or two off of the eye dropper. Or 6 drops can be added to a day's supply of water.
Consider keeping Eucaplyptus globulus (on our site under essential oils) on hand. I put a tiny smear (not a whole drop) on my clean finger tip and smear it under nostrils twice per day. if you milk then on the milkstand is perfect. this helps knock out buggies in the lungs that they are breathing in and helps them expectorate the barn air dust.
GI Soother is incredibly helpful to have on hand in case of diarrhea. It's very easy for kids, even adults to pick up something from fair or exhibition facilities that gives them diarrhea. Sometimes just the fair and moving stress will do it.
Everyone have a Safe and BLESSED time out there with your herds!
A client of mine shared a story today. I've heard similar stories a few times from customers about their dogs. This is the first time I"ve heard one from a goat owner... Anyhow WB in Vermont shared today that last year after she started her goats on our DWorm A (tm) and our GI Soother (tm) that her goats would come back from their wooded walks and instead of live ticks she'd find dead ticks on them, that would then fall off. They would leave behind bumps that would heal without her having to do anything for them. However, this year, now that she is on her second year of using them- they are coming out of their wooded browse walks without any ticks on them, and no skin problems or bites to heal. She is just now starting her guardian dog (who has already been diagnosed with lyme and anaplasmosis) on the same program. She has been picking 20 to 30 ticks off of her dog after their daily walk, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes before her body is able to be distasteful to them.
For Lyme support I recommend HerBiotic. When we lived in Southern Oregon and I would pull ticks off of my LGD's I would always follow up by putting HerBiotic salve on the bite area as well as giving them HerBiotic orally. We never had any problems though lyme is in that area. Better Daze (tm) herb mix is always a great choice to increase the nutritional levels helping the animals body to rebound faster. MMune (tm) herb mix is also available to boost systems.
For humans I recommend Dr. Christopher's Super Immune Garlic extract which we sell on our website at a discount. It can be taken daily if needed if you are in a high tick area and want to aid your body's ability to reduce problems from possible exposure. Vitalerbs is also always a bonus to increase nutritional levels on any body that is under stress.
Are you already dealing with Lyme disease or other related infections in your family, pets or farm? Order a consultation today under our services tab to let our Master of Herbology help you develop a plan tailored specific to your situation.
These can be purchased on our website at firmeadowllc .
Wishing all of you a BLESSED summer season!
Ever see these? If you breed enough goats you will! There is no alarm if the kid is otherwise healthy, it just means their space was limited and their feet were curled under probably the last few weeks of third trimester in the womb.
Here's how I work with these. First our subject: Johanna - moderately contracted...
First I gather the kid, scissors, toilet paper rolls and duct tape. Please note that if your kids are around other goats (dam, siblings, etc) that other goats may pull off the wraps, chew on them and ingest part of it or injure the kid while chewing on the wraps. We handraise our kids so we don't have those issues.
Then I cut the tube lengthwise, measure for height keeping the tube lower than the knee and cut them shorter if needed.
Then I cut about a 1 foot length of tape (less for minis) and firmly but not too tightly wrap the leg with the tube starting at the knee, then slide the splint down toward the bottom of the hoof to be sure the hair is lying in the correct direction, then wrap the tape. After that I cut about a 6 inch length of tape and starting on the inside fetlock (ankle) wrap around the foot bottom then up the other side. This sticks the boot in place and keeps it from riding up into the knee.
Then I repeat. The end result is a happy bouncey baby that will keep her leg straight enough to restretch the tight tendons while she walks. I recheck the tendons in a day, and then about every twelve hours after that. Most splits can come off in 1 to three days. I haven't found it necessary to tape the top of the splint to the leg hair so I don't so that it's easier to remove.
I had an interesting and thoughtful question today...
"Right now after I get done milking I just wash with soap and water before returning the goats to their pen. Is this sufficient / proper in order to reduce risk for mastitis?"
My answer was;
"Maybe, but not likely.
When we are washing our hands with soap and water they usually haven't been exposed to manure and urine and dirt 24/7 nor do our hands have an opening with access to the inner body. Also udder tissue and especially orifices can't endure the scrubbing that would be necessary to remove bacteria only with soap and water. Also some soaps will leave a residue at the teat end, to which bacteria or foreign particulate could adhere to. just things to consider.
I always recommend using some type of diluted essential oil spray."
A thought on antibacterial soaps... Nearly all of those contain known or suspected carcinogens. That is not something I want on my hands or skin or on the skin of my goats that are producing my table milk! Also consider that they tend to strip natural oils from the skin, allowing skin to be compromised or chafed- even at just a microscopic level chafing leaves hidey holes that bacterial and debris/dirt are quite comfortable taking up residence.
I personally use our Thieves type of essential oil that I dilute with water and a touch of natural soap in a quart spray bottle. I spray pre and post milking to sanitize the teats and orifices. A cool spray also encourages the orifices to close sooner than they would without it. The sooner orifices close the less opportunities bacteria have to enter the orifice. Even though the teats are disinfected there will still be bacterial issues floating around in the air, which does come in contact with teats.
;Happy MILKING :) !!!