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After I retired I wanted to stay busy on our farm. My almost 30 year career was in the hunting & fishing industry, so raising the birds I had hunted for years was a natural for me. Being married to my best friend, wife & help mate is all I could ask for. My wife of 34 years and I love living on our farm and doing the chores it takes to maintain it. We are living a wonderful slow life in our retirement. Our grand daughter is such joy. Having a big garden to feed us, raising bees for honey, loving our pets and no debt. I feel blessed to have enjoyed this country living and sustaining our family through growing our food and simple ways my whole life. I am happy to see others across this great country deciding to live instead of just collecting more. A less-stress farm life is making us very happy. *******************************************************

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pics From This Season

Top pic is one of our fly pens attached to a brooder barn.

 Next pic is our new logo designed by;
Artist Mark Skidmore; 

Then the OQF sign at farm entrance, also by Mark Skidmore. 

Next is the curious quail.

Last is a big covey of quail feeding.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lots of Quail Needed

Just as I thought, no matter how many birds we raise it doesn't seem to be enough. All our birds are booked through Feb 2011 and I am contracting for next fall already. Had a call from another quail farm in North Mo., they do about 20,000 and due to health are going to shut down. If we're not careful, not only will the wild quail be in great shortage so will the farm raised.  Had our first bunch of pheasant processed yesterday and my daughter in law delivered them to a restaurant. Really interested in how they will sell there. It's a ole' English pub type place so they should do well. If I can get the processing fee a little lower for the quail I will sell them for meat also. It appears we will be doing alot of field trial quail business in the future. We take them to the area and let them go into their fly pens and leave. Makes it very thorough and quick. Almost hate to answer my phone fearing I have to tell someone 'No' for quail. As an old retailer I never like to miss a sale.