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It's not all cotton tail bunnies and, unicorns. This procedure is very delicate and, should only be performed by a highly skilled and, knowledgeable person with experience. No matter the chosen process, accidents can happen and lead to devastating effects such as cracking the tusk and damaging the jaw.
Boars confined into a squeeze and, having their tusk sawed-off by a gigli wire may experience stress, pain, discomfort, shaking and screaming. I could not do that to Oreo. He is an incredible living masterpiece,
WARNING: All methods of tusk trimming and, removal can be very dangerous and cause tremendous damage. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SURGICAL OR DENTAL PROCEEDURE ON ANY ANIMAL.
When Oreo needed his tusk trimmed, it was brutal. His tusks had overgrown into his cheek causing an open wound. This wound made it painful for Oreo to eat and we had to take fast effective measures to solve this problem without causing him stress, pain or fear.
Most hog ranchers will confine the boar into a squeeze or, apparatus to limit the movement of the boar. This can cause stress to the boar and, make them feel scared. Usually, hog ranchers use a gigli wire-saw, often used in medical procedures such as amputation. Most amputations are performed under anesthesia for the comfort of the patient. Have you ever had a root canal without anesthesia? Could you imagine having your tooth sawed off, while confined and, unable to move? I could not imagine the terrifying feeling of each and every movement, back and, forth. Oh No!
I took a different approach. An approach that has been criticized by conventional farmers and, ranchers and, that's alright.
I was able to cut off the tusk, while Oreo was still relaxing under his shelter and, without any restraint at all. He remained calm and, trusting every step of the way. In addition, Oreo never felt any discomfort at all. That's what I consider "humane and, ethical treatment." Thinking of the living masterpiece and, doing what's right for them is, much different from thinking of ourselves and following the "norm".
A lot of things are easier but, taking the short cut is not always the best route. It's like throwing garbage out of the car window.
REGENERATIVE FARMING & RANCHING
Indigenous, native pasture or grazing land is not just any pasture land. It's part of the native landscape. When treated with kindness it can regenerate seasonally and as needed by the ecological system.
Native, wild and indigenous pasture-land is untouched by construction or foreign seeding. It's created by the natural landscape. The ecological impacts of regenerative ranching can help rebuild & protect sustainable ecological systems.
Appreciating, respecting and understanding the symbiotic relationships with the native ecological systems is key to regenerative and sustainable methods. Pests and weeds are only considered unwanted pests and, weeds when you do not know or, understand their core functions. Rats serve an important purpose, so do ants, flies and even squirrels. Did you know rats are important to the balance of the ecological system? Rats help control mice, beetles and, cockroach populations. Cockroaches can be disgusting to many people. They can also be the cause of multiple allergies. However, the fact is that they serve an important purpose by cleaning up debris. Some free range, heritage chickens kill and, eat mice and beetles. Pigs even kill and eat snakes. Coyotes hunt rabbits and there is nothing that you or, I can do to stop the order of nature.
Native grasses are often considered weeds. Some have been around here since the beginning are this is their home. They thrive in this climate and terrain. Others sport great nutritional values such as 20-23% protein, good fiber and high mineral content. Many native Desert plants are known for their medicinal values. They all serve a purpose for a well balanced ecological system, the wildlife, animals and even people.
When most people go haywire with pesticides, herbicides and, poisoning; We say "embrace nature", learn to make nature your friend and, appreciate the relationship through symbiotic, holistic and, responsible management.
A few of my most basic questions when I'm faced with a challenging situation are:
Where is the imbalance? Where did I go wrong?
What is the natural solution? What will the environmental impact be?
Is this realistic for my farm and ranch operation?
Cover crops can be critical to soil health and, to regenerative systems.
It's important to remember that many cover crops is the method of introducing foreign plants to an are where they could cause a imbalance to the ecological systems.
Here in the Mojave Desert winds can gust to speeds above 80MPH. It takes experience to develop gentle and effective methods of protecting or, rebuilding soil health. Bringing in foreign matter may be one solution but maybe it's not the only one or, the best choice. It's critical to properly protect the top soil and, all of the the valuable soil nutrients.
Another important action to take is, allowing the soil to rest and, prevent over-grazing, over-fertilizing and, top soil destruction or, burning. The most valuable ways that we have discovered to make our tiny footprint benefit the regenerative process is, to be patient and learn about our ecological and environmental systems.
Some of the most wonderful features of our living, edible gallery is the variety of heritage breeds of livestock. Another, is the abundant native vegetation. One of my favorite times is when I start to save seeds from our crops and, separate them for next season. I love heirloom seeds and, enjoy heirloom greens, vegetables and, fruits. Another benefit is that we only use our own fertilizers, mulch and, compost. This guarantees that every piece of edible art is truly sustainable and, regenerative without, G.M.O's, vaccines, antibiotics, pesticides or grains.
Artisan Projects - In The Works
From native rotational pastures, heirloom orchards, Hopi-style dry farming to seasonal grazing, bio-digesters, heirloom gardens and beekeeping .
We try to practice sustainability and, ensure that we're growing, cultivating and, harvesting the foods that help heal the body and the ecological system
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