May 19, 2012
Farming terms are being used by corporations to market their produce. For example, 'ayam kampung'. Ayam Kampung implies a chicken that's roaming around freely. But the modern day ayam kampung that you purchase is most probably raised in a factory and have never seen the sun or eaten a single blade of grass.
And how about 'Antibiotic Free'? That has been cleverly marketed to mean 'organic'. Thus a factory raised broiler which may be selling for RM7.50 to RM8.00 per bird is being sold for RM20.00 just by positioning it as antibiotic-free. It is super profit from consumer ignorance and clever marketing.
Here's a video talking about the lexicon of sustainability hijacked by companies:
Here's a video by PEMANDU / ETP with a segment on our farm:
We are the ONLY pastured poultry farm in Malaysia and we have been doing so since 2001!
A store is no longer stocking our grassfed, free range eggs because a couple of their customers complaint about that 'wiggly thingy' found in our eggs, and that obvious round disc on the egg yolk.
Well, if we were the store owner, this is what we would say to the customer:
1. We try to give our hens as natural a life as possible. This includes plenty of space to roam, grass to eat, and surprise, surprise, a 'husband'. So, as is normal when wives and husbands get together, eggs get fertilised and babies are born. So that disc on the yolk is a fertilised germinal disc, or blastoderm. Unfertilised eggs will have just a speck. Fertilised eggs will have a disc. And we promise you, eating fertilised eggs will not make you more manly and sprout whiskers, nor will it make you pregnant, nor will it make your unborn baby develop 'chicken brainism', a brain disease of unknown origins.
2. And that wiggly thingy is the chalazae, made of the same material as the white of the egg and intended to hold the yolk in place. Chalazae is prominent in the freshest of eggs. It dissolves and disappears as the egg ages. So, dear customer, the eggs with absolutely no chalazae that you have been eating are clearly not fresh inspite of the words printed in bold on the label, Farm Fresh. 'Chicken Brainism' is a disease common amongst modern consumers and we have no idea where the disease comes from but we can assure you it does not come from eating fresh eggs from hens that are allowed to lead as natural a life as possible.
May 16, 2012
Mr. Chew, P.A. to Minister of Health, came with members of MOA Inc, Bentong. When we started farming years ago, never knew entertaining visitors is part of the business.
Hope he can convince the Minister to visit. Would love to share some info on consumer health issues with him.
May 14, 2012
Leucocytozoon sp (chicken malaria) infection is common amongst poultry in a tropical humid country like Malaysia. Todate, worldwide, treatment is by drugs, in particular sulphamonomethoxine sodium, an antibiotic.
Beginnings of cyanosis - possible spleen damage
Greenish faeces - rule out Newcastle Disease first.
Inflamed and damaged spleen
Mortality varies. If untreated, mortality can reach 30%.
At our farm, we use herbal medication which is grown within the farm:
Papaya leaves, hempedu bumi (andrographis paniculata) and patawali (tinospora crispa, tinospora rumphii), pounded to extract a juice
Ratio by volume is papaya leaf 70, hempedu bumi 20, patawali 10
10 liter herbal extract concentrate to be mixed with the drinking water for the day for 1000 chickens.
After 24 hours, the chickens will start to show some mild improvement.
After 48 hours, the faeces will begin to clear and the appetite will be about 70% back.
The juice can be withdrawn when the feed consumption returns to normal.
No drugs is necessary. This treatment is first published in this blog and is now OPEN SOURCE.
Leucocytozoon is spread by blood sucking insects. So, prevention is always possible and encouraged.
Surah 26: 7 – 8, Have they, then, never considered the earth how much of every noble kind (of life) We have caused to grow thereon? In this, behold, there is a message, even though most of them will not believe.
May 10, 2012
Yellow Vented Bulbul (pycnonotus goiavier) are wild birds. But in our farm, they will nest anywhere. Here's three hatchlings blown down from their nest on top of a 7 feet marcotted lemon tree. The nests of bulbuls are flimsy.
These birds are no longer transcient, but permanent residents of our farm. To turn your farm into a sanctuary, the rules are simple. Keep a few fruit trees for the birds. Never ever use chemicals; you not only kill some of the more sensitive ones, but you deprive them of insects for food. Never ever kill a single bird. That's it. In no time, your farm becomes a bird-watchers heaven.
Farm manager, Razaly putting the hatchlings back.
And secure the nest with a prop
Calling for mom after that harrowing experience
And All's Well Again At DQ Farm!
May 09, 2012
In other words, if you can grow your own food, you are empowered!
A crew from a production house working for Pemandu / ETP came to film how you can make money from a small piece of land and afford the RM10.00 cups of coffee at Starbucks.
Checking sound levels
After the shoot, texting about the chicken that got away (really).