Narnia is growing up. She is nearly as tall as Suzi and weighs 45 lbs. Her appetite, of course, is growing also. She has the energy to run distances very quickly. We have to keep a close eye on her when she's lose.
Her hobby of chasing any cat that will run continues. It's a cute picture when she encounters a cat that stands up to her. They look at each other nose-to-nose and sometimes lick at the other. We are lucky that Narnia has not met a skunk yet. With her thick coat, it would take a long time for the smell to dissipate.
Narnia is a Great Pyrenees puppy from Central Wisconsin. She is the cutest girl in a litter of ten! Although she is starting out small, she will grow to be approx. 100 lbs. as an adult. She's definitely a water dog. Narnia loves to splash in the water troughs when she is getting a drink.
Suki, our 4-year-old black lab, is coping well with the new addition. They play together and trot alongside Jerry as he does chores.
In Spring of 2015, Jerry and Arlene made the commitment to add electric solar panels to Penury Hill. They had previously been one of the early adaptors when they installed air solar panels at their dairy outside Albert Lea. No matter how right a decision is, complications can arise. Their current barn is not built to support the weight load of solar panels on its roof. That means the Roths are also adding a 45 x 36 ft. extension to their barn. The panels will generate electricity. The inside storage space will protect the hay they feed their Angus from the weather. The project
started in late September and was completed in late November!
We can go online to view our solar electricity production. Jerry even download the mobile app so he can view the data from his iPhone.
Watch for the notice of a open house and celebration of the solar installation Spring 2016.
Neighbors, friends and people who learn where we live all comment on what nice looking cows we have. They see them in the pasture along County 51 and see what a quality herd of Angus we are raising.
Jerry analyzes potential herd sires to be sure of ease of calving and high rate-of-gain. Those traits promote long life for the mother cows and ensure that the feeder calves are finished and ready for market within 13-14 months. It's important to remember that all that is accomplished without the use of any growth hormones.
As we continue to breed and develop a fully registered Angus herd, we expect our beef to maintain its quality and deliver customer satisfaction.
Labeling of food is making headlines. The saying "you are what you eat" is important to everyone.
Let's look at Penury Hill Angus. According to Common Ground, a grassroots movement to start conversations about farming and food, here are some definitions for you to consider.
Organic Meat: comes from animals that are grown with no antibiotics or growth hormones.
Grassfed: are animals who receive a majority of their nutrients from grass throughout their lives. A pasture diet may be supplemented with grain.
This is how we raise all our angus beef. These are the guidelines we use everyday.
I encourage you to be patriotic buyers by selecting higher quality, USA Made garments. Statistics indicate if every American cared enough to buy just one USA Made garment per year, the impact would be nearly $9 billion. That creates an amazing amount of jobs for just one article of clothing per American!
Please patronize some of the companies listed below and thank you for supporting American Jobs.
The GOP continues to adhere to the theory of supply side economics, which is to give money to society’s top echelons – people and groups who have no urgent material needs. For 30 years, we have heard that reducing taxes on the rich will:
1. Result in direct investment of wealth in supply to produce goods, services and jobs
2. Stimulate so much new economic activity that even the lower tax rate will bring in enough revenue to pay for the tax cut
3. Eliminate government debt
The truth is that for the last 30 years absolutely every large-scale forecast made by promoters of supply side economics failed – without major exceptions.
On the other hand, the opposing theory, demand side economics, which is putting money in the hands of the middle class, proves to have a greater turnover of that money. Instead of the money adding wealth to the top one percent’s portfolio, the money will be spent, and re-spent and re-spent many times to truly stimulate the economy.
Effective legislators must understand that government should outspend its revenues in recessionary times, directing high-velocity stimulus toward the middle class. Then in good economic times, government should use adequate revenues to build up reserves. The Pharaoh of Egypt learned this lesson in the Biblical story of Joseph’s dream of the seven fat cows and the seven lean cows.
It is common sense. Supply side economics has failed after being tried repeatedly for the last three decades. Let’s use common sense and demand side economics to bring our economy back.
We have a heavy footprint already here in our country. But we can make individual decisions that will affect the footprint of the future.
Do you buy endangered wood products or insist on cultivated wood products that are raised sustainably? Do you hunt or fish for only what you will eat and practice catch and release? Do you buy at local farmers markets? Do you support American workers by buying made in the USA products?
It is your choice whether you work with the resources you have or deplete the resources meant for future generations.
Think locally to have an impact globally. Our eyes must be focused ahead...our mission must be to protect the environment and our lifestyle for tomorrow. It is your choice and your responsibility to take small actions that take root and grow.