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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Carlton Farms Newsletter 8-16

Delivery News
REMINDER: Order deadline is Noon the day before we deliver:
Eggs: As you may have realized last week, we are really short on eggs right now. our older hens had been laying well through the summer, but they finally had more heat than they could handle. As the weather starts to break this fall they will bounce back. Also, we have two flocks of young chickens that are just starting to lay. They should be able to pick up the slack in a couple of weeks. I have pulled the eggs offline for this week in hopes that we can save up and have enough for everyone next week.
Pork: I intentionally sent this email late because I was trying to get our pork organized and posted online. I finally had to send the email, but I am still working on the pork. We will have all of the cuts posted by mid morning Tuesday. We will have Roasts, tenderloin, chops, boston butt, ribs. Ground pork is already posted. Bacon and Hams are still a week or so away because they are being smoked right now.
Milton - Thrive Chiropractic: Thrive Chiropractic is expanding their office and will no longer have the room to be a drop-off location. If you have a Veggie subscription for there please contact me for options. 

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Summer Vegetable Shares are available now.
Sample Share Photo. Each weekly share will vary. 
It's time to sign up for the Summer Vegetable Share. Get a box of fresh, local, organic vegetables each week delivered to the delivery location of your choosing. New for this year, you will now be able to put your share on hold for a couple of weeks if you are on vacation, then receive extra when you are back in town. 
 
On the Farm
Baby pigs.
Sometimes my promises outrun my preparation.
I will be the first to admit that my management style goes something like this:
  1. Decide what we want to do.
  2. Do the necessary research.
  3. Make a plan.
  4. Jump in with both feet.
I find that you never really know how to organize a system efficiently until some degree of chaos is involved. When chaos ensues, which it almost certainly will with any new endeavor,  keep calm and look for weak points. Then you know where to focus your attention.

A couple of years ago I decided that pigs would be the area that we would expand next. We had always had a few pigs to process, but it was the occasional 2-3 only a few times per year. One problem was that good baby pigs are hard to find. I knew that to have a good consistent product we would have to breed the sows and grow off the babies that we produce here on the farm.  So I designed and built some Pasture Based Farrowing Houses (birthing houses). Then I bought 12 good sows (mama pigs), and a boar (daddy pig). Well, standing here 2 years later, I can say that we are really good at making baby pigs. Where my plan was flawed and Chaos ensued was when all of those babies were growing up all at one time, but all different ages and sizes. I did build a grow out barn with pasture access and that works well for about 50-60 pigs. The problem is what now do I do with the other 60 small but growing piglets. Yes, that's right. We have around 120 pigs now from 10lb-200lb. Did i mention that we are really good at making baby pigs. So yesterday was the day I had to stay calm and try to study the chaos. We worked, organized and sorted all, yes all, of the pigs yesterday. The problem is that because they are raised outside, they grow out quite a bit slower than the book says (i guess the book assumes a industrial model). So the solution is going to be a couple of additional grow out barns. That will allow us to wean the babies and put them in a barn with other piglets of similar size. By the time we fill the third barn the pigs in the first one will be fully grown. 

I guess now we should grab our hammers and get to work.

I will be posting pictures of our endeavors on the farm.  Be sure to check out: www.facebook.com/carltonfarm or on our new instagram account @carltonfarm

Thanks for your continued support. At Carlton Farms we are proud to be your farmer.

Sincerely,

Chad Carlton
Carlton Farms
Carlton Farms, 1276 Cartersville Hwy, Rockmart, GA 30153
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