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Thistle Creek Farms

Thistle Creek Farms Thistle Creek Farms is a small family farm with many types of products for sale. Our products are Alpaca fleece for yarn, free range eggs, pork and beef.

We are a family run hobby farm with Alpacas, Chickens, Hogs, Cattle Horses and Pete the amazing wonder donkey. Call or message for farm tours to meet the animals.

Operating as usual

04/16/2021

MooTube Too - snack time

04/16/2021

MooTube - Snack time

The kids are really liking the temperate weather and grass shoots starting to grow. Much tastier than hay.
03/12/2021

The kids are really liking the temperate weather and grass shoots starting to grow. Much tastier than hay.

01/12/2021

Give me a shout if anyone out there is looking for good ground burger. This will be an entire animal grind from a grass fed cow.

01/12/2021

We will have hamburger available by weeks end in 1-2 pound packages. Weights may vary per pack. $4.50/ pound up to 10 pounds and $4/pound over 20 pound bulk purchase. This is pasture finished beef.

12/22/2020

We will be having 4 pigs and a hamburger cow going in for processing in January. $3/ pound hanging weight all inclusive for pork hamburger will be $4.50/ pound package weight. Let us know if you are interested. We also have plenty of eggs available for Christmas deviled eggs!

Warm weather is keeping the hens laying lots of eggs. We have dozens and dozens of packaged eggs ready for sale. Deliver...
11/19/2020

Warm weather is keeping the hens laying lots of eggs. We have dozens and dozens of packaged eggs ready for sale. Delivery available.

10/08/2020

I have 2 butcher hogs already at the processor available. $3 a pound hanging weight guaranteed to not be over $300 for a half. They are a Meishan purebred anima. If you like deep rich flavored meat this is the opportunity to try 1 of the most flavorful meats in the world. They will be available or for pickup in approximately 10 days.

Nothing more relaxing on a rainy day than watching the girls graze knee deep grass happily.
10/03/2020

Nothing more relaxing on a rainy day than watching the girls graze knee deep grass happily.

June Bug got her very own salt lick today. I think she likes it
08/15/2020

June Bug got her very own salt lick today. I think she likes it

08/15/2020
June Bug think she’s a mini pony.
07/16/2020

June Bug think she’s a mini pony.

06/25/2020

We also got a bottle calf from the neighbor. I thought she was a bucket calf, I was wrong. She is a bottle calf. It a good thing we have 2 wonderful sons who will be feeding her 3-4 times a day.

Patty, Jane nd Doris’s date arrived today from the neighbor. He is a young 2-3 year old who looks to be in incredible sh...
06/25/2020

Patty, Jane nd Doris’s date arrived today from the neighbor. He is a young 2-3 year old who looks to be in incredible shape. Hopefully the girls take to him as he is a different bull than the last 3 years.

The cows just keep moving along with the knee high grass. Wonderful bee and Monarch butterfly habitat all throughout my ...
06/19/2020

The cows just keep moving along with the knee high grass. Wonderful bee and Monarch butterfly habitat all throughout my pasture.

Reserve your pork from Thistle Creek Farms now. $1.75 per pound hanging weight plus processing for all natural antibioti...
06/13/2020

Reserve your pork from Thistle Creek Farms now. $1.75 per pound hanging weight plus processing for all natural antibiotic free pasture raised pork. I do have butcher dates for July August and September along with 4 available in December with guaranteed butcher dates. Call, text or PM us to reserve your whole or half hog today.

The cows are knee deep in grass thanks to a couple timely rains and good sunshine.
06/11/2020

The cows are knee deep in grass thanks to a couple timely rains and good sunshine.

While the center of the hay pile is a little slow growing, look at the effect fertilizer (fresh manure) has on the growt...
06/09/2020

While the center of the hay pile is a little slow growing, look at the effect fertilizer (fresh manure) has on the growth of the grass.

06/09/2020

Bacon seeds love fresh dirt and greens.

Thistle Creek Farms Farms, keeping carbon in its natural cycle.
06/07/2020

Thistle Creek Farms Farms, keeping carbon in its natural cycle.

It's not the cow!

It seems everyone wants go blame cattle for adding carbon to the atmosphere. The cow did not pull the oil from the ground. Let me explain...

It’s simple biology. Livestock do not produce carbon. They can not add a single atom of carbon to the atmosphere that wasn’t already there in the first place. Yes, livestock emit carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), both contain one atom of carbon. This is a basic fact of biology.
But ... A cow is only a part of the carbon cycle. Matter can not be created or destroyed. Let me repeat that, Matter can not be created or destroyed. Naturally, livestock eat plants and all the carbon in a plant comes from the atmosphere, not the ground. 97.5 % of every plant comes from the air, not the soil. (If we look at the typical dry matter composition of a plant, it looks something like this — carbon: 45 per cent, oxygen: 45 per cent, hydrogen: six per cent and nitrogen: 1.5 per cent.) all of this can come from the air.

The carbon in the plants leaves comes from the air around them via the process of photosynthesis. The carbon in the roots of plants also comes from the air as it get transported from the leaves to grow roots. Even the carbon in the exudate that the plant sends out the root tips and gives to the soil microbes in a swap for nutrients, comes from the air.

When a cow (or any livestock) eats a plant it is ‘eating’ carbon from the atmosphere. The animals simply recycle that carbon back where it just came from. The air.

But..... when we pull oil from the ground, use it in manufacturing fertilizers and chemicals used to grow crops, then we feed the crop to the cattle in a feedlot, we are taking carbon from the ground (oil) and releasing it into the air through the cattle. In that process we also burned huge amounts of fuel releasing carbon. We also released carbon from the soil through the tillage process. The cow did not do any of it. We did. She did not pull the oil from the ground. This process is not natural. If we let her do what she does naturally, she can sequester carbon and add it to the soil. Now don't take this the wrong way, I am not against the oil industry. We just need to manage it in a responsible way. We should not be using oil to grow Crops to feed livestock. That is carbon negative. If you are feeding cattle in this way, you are emitting carbon into the atmosphere.

The magic of regenerative agriculture comes from the plants with their symbiotic relationships with the soil organisms. With proper management, we can take so much more of this atmospheric carbon and store it in the soil. The plants add sugar (carbon) to the soil. We can build the soil. Modern agriculture mines the soil and releases C into the air. We are the problem. Not the cow. Regenerative agriculture is how we can build soil. We use the livestock to manage the plants.... the plant can then sequester the carbon and we can store it in the ground. Modern agriculture uses oil to grow plants from the soil. With regenerative agriculture, we use livestock to manage the plants to grow the soil. Big difference.

Steve Kenyon.
Greener Pastures Ranching

We are nearing completion of our 10kw solar array. The fine people at https://moxiesolar.com/ walked us through the regi...
06/05/2020

We are nearing completion of our 10kw solar array. The fine people at https://moxiesolar.com/ walked us through the registration paperwork and have done a wonderful installation job. Hopefully in a week or 2 it will be turned on and I won’t be scared to turn on the a/c, lol.

05/26/2020

Baby baldy is feeling her oats this morning.

Somehow mine always end up bigger than the typical butcher hog. Good info on cuts and freezer requirements.
05/22/2020

Somehow mine always end up bigger than the typical butcher hog. Good info on cuts and freezer requirements.

Get your custom hog processing and freezer space questions answered in this great visual explanation from Hannah Lochner!

A little chicken diet education piece. Enjoy!
05/21/2020
Chickens are Omnivores, not Vegetarians

A little chicken diet education piece. Enjoy!

Despite popular belief, chicken are omnivores, meaning that they eat both plant and animal food sources.

Momma Jane is working on having a calf.
05/19/2020

Momma Jane is working on having a calf.

05/17/2020

A little pig TV. Moved the Hotwire for the pigs and gave them a better clover patch to eat.

It’s a wee. It wet in the pasture. But lookout grass, it’s gonna grow!
05/15/2020

It’s a wee. It wet in the pasture. But lookout grass, it’s gonna grow!

I think Jane is having contractions. I am hoping to have a calf on the ground before dark.
05/12/2020

I think Jane is having contractions. I am hoping to have a calf on the ground before dark.

05/12/2020

Pigs love being in the grass. #makinbacongreatagain!

Big sister Doris is watching over the baby while Patty eats her breakfast.
05/11/2020

Big sister Doris is watching over the baby while Patty eats her breakfast.

05/09/2020

Putting some delicious sweet corn in the ground. I can’t wait for it to come up.

Patty O’Malley has her 4th child tonight in the dark. The calf is up and moving and working at getting mothers milk. +1 ...
05/07/2020

Patty O’Malley has her 4th child tonight in the dark. The calf is up and moving and working at getting mothers milk. +1 to the herd!

05/02/2020

The pigs finally found the tall grass

05/01/2020

Set some electric fence out for the pigs to add some fresh grass to their diet. There were not too sure about it but I think they will come to like it.

This is a really good article for anyone that may have a question about purchasing a quarter side of beef for is it anyo...
04/29/2020
FAQ: What do I need to know about buying beef from a rancher?

This is a really good article for anyone that may have a question about purchasing a quarter side of beef for is it anyone else. Ask questions of a producer, they should be willing to answer all your questions openly.

https://www.tsln.com/news/faq-what-do-i-need-to-know-about-buying-beef-from-a-rancher/?fbclid=IwAR0mu5fxneZAo_1JpIAQ2K4Z1dGfEvYoqTrPwqXTUeYPD5_fuWmysknLxbg

How much meat can I expect to get? The average ready-to-butcher animal weighs 1,300 pounds. This can vary a lot, depending on breed, finishing and management of the producer marketing the animal. Once the animal...

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1777 190th Ave
Cameron, IL
61423

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 3pm

Telephone

(309) 299-9398

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