Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cold Antler Farm

Where healthy animals go to die.

While I appreciate all the private emails concerning my comments on Ms Woginrich's blog, they may be better served sent to her personally. Perhaps your voice or words will prevent another animals untimely death. A Shepherds purpose is to protect their flock, by day by night. There is something concerning about seemingly healthy animals dropping like flies.

Be brave and send your comments directly to her. Validating my comments will not help your concerns about her animal husbandry or farming practices.

Pride comith before the fall and unfortunately het methods are failing and her animals are falling.

Rest in peace lambs, kits, chicks, poults, pigs and various others who met their untimely death after confined or unprotected life at Cold Antler Farm.

"Old farmers wisdom, count. Every morning every night. No excuses. Have you limited their grazing to avoid more injury and death? What a waste. Why do you bury good meat?"

1. Old farmers wisdom, count. Every morning every night. No excuses.

Good advise should not be discounted due to the source, humble up and keep track of your sheep. If distractions prevent you from appropriately tending to your flock, limit them. Animals first. Camp cold antler second.

2. Have you limited their grazing to avoid more injury and death?

If you know brambles (berries, yum!) Caused the animal to become stuck, why expose the rest of the flock? Cut brambles back or limit exposure...and for gods sake, keep jasper away from a down sheep. Sick? When and why did this animal become sick? Why did the lamb die? Not normal. Causes need to be found.

3. Why do you bury good meat?

An animal down is not going to produce "vile" meat, especially for dogs. If you can butcher a chicken one can try their lot at a sheep. Who would butcher it? Where I live, probably a dozen thrifty people within 6 miles of my house. They'd be out in 5 minutes for free meat.

4. What a waste.

What a waste.

19 comments:

  1. She simply doesn't get it. The entire blog reminds me of a little girl playing house. One can't offer advice, though she poses questions. One can't offer a dissenting opinion, though her entire life is posted on the world wide web. Only adoring, ego-building comments allowed. The more I read of her blog, the more convinced I am that sadly, she is running the farm completely irresponsibly, but it's her farm to do as she wishes. It's a travesty that animals are not being looked after as they should be and seem to be getting sick and dying more frequently.

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  2. Agreed. I've never seen or heard of so much random unexplained death on any farm in my experiences as a farmer and friends of those with livestock. Unfortunately fancy words and and a farming ignorant following conceal what is truly happining on that property. Irresponsible animal ownership. It completely frightens me she writes books and gives advice on topics she routinely fails at, like keeping animals healthy and alive.

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    1. I wrote on her blog a couple of days and then I withdrew from commenting on anything because of all of the reasons stated by both you and Elaine P. I was told that basically there is a "generation gap" and that why I sounded so 'old fashioned' in my concerns. I lived on a family farm/ranch for over 20 years. We only left our animals once for a family vacation and my dad had to find a friend (fellow farm-dude) to stay for a week to be on the farm to take care of everyone. Remember, as long as you can write "pretty" about your dying farm animals then it's poetic and not irresponsible! Wondering about these followers and if they are blind or totally without the ability to think and disseminate information?

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  3. I don't really have the bandwidth here to be as honest as I would like. You all can go to my blog when I post there.

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  4. Thank you so much for this post! It's so true. I know Jenna personally (and still do), from before she became a "farmer". She treated her dogs abhorringly- they would urinate on themselves in the crate every morning while they waited for her to get ready for work, when she would then take them out to go to the bathroom. It's terrible. There have been other instances of her pets dying from her own mistakes that she hasn't written about on her blog. It would make you cringe. She takes on too much, and tries to be a jack of all trades and is of course a master of none. Luckily she's good at presenting and talking about herself, which has grown her a very large following from the mood of her writing, and what she chooses to present. But don't be mistaken, she's not what she seems. What farmer can't even grow a decent garden after years of trying. I just wish the rest of her "fans" would see the light.

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    1. Also- it is extremely sickening to me that people donate to her. She has a college education. With no school loans. She's probably better off than 90% of her readers, yet still accepts money. She makes twice what I do a year. It's absolutely disgusting. I feel like she's taking advantage of those poor people with her glorified farm and her flowery writing.

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    2. Dear Anonymous- I have been writing to every company that supports her and will continue to do so until she is shut down- please do the same- I have sent e-mails to Mother Earth News, PETA and Farm Plate- Farm plate has begun an investigation because I was not the only one. If you have time to post on blogs you have time to write to her sponsers.

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    3. I just contacted Farm Plate. Thanks for the info.

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    4. OK guys. Here's an organization with some regulatory teeth. The NY SPCA in her county. Here is the contact info for them. Maybe if we ALL write, they will do an investigation. http://spcauny.org/Contact_Us.html
      Save CL animals!

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  5. Wow, anonymous- that sounds horrendous- her poor dogs, but I am not surprised whatsoever. As to her taking money from people, she has no pride, absolutely none. Hopefully people will wake up and smell the rotting corpses.

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  6. I have just found this column today & found the comments quite telling. I have long suspected that Jenna was irresponsible from the number of animals dying on her farm, not the least of which because she spends so much time away from her farm and there is no supervision of the animals. Just recently, because of her absence from the property, she has now lost many more of her chickens. It doesn't seem to bother her because she has just hatched a bunch of new ones. She caught a raccoon but couldn't kill it -- just relocated it. She might as well hang out a sign that says luncheon buffet. She won't cut back on fun stuff like going to an all-day medevial event, & as a result, her farm is suffering. I believe she is too immature to run a farm -- paying thousands of dollars for a horse she didn't need; now she wants to become a falconer, one of the most expensive hobbies there is. I doubt that the person who is acting as her guide really knows much about Jenna. If he did, he wouldn't have agreed to help her get a hawk. She removed comments from her blog because people were telling her the truth -- she is fiscally irresponsible. She's probably going to go into foreclosure -- and it will be her own fault.

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  7. I am so relieved to see the comments here and see that I'm not the only one who feels this way -- I just found these comments, but when comments were allowed on her blog I regularly tried -- gently -- to get her to see that this is "car-on-the-ice" farming. It's skidding around doing one activity until its boring -- not mastered by any means -- then writing a BOOK about it (as if one year of doing anything makes you an expert) and moving on to something else. It's NOT the ethical or responsible way to go. Now it's all about falconry, gaming, medieval game playing, archery, horse-carting. And the animals do suffer, I am convinced, from shoddily built fences and shelters, poor general care, preventable diseases, as does the entire property. And she just chalks all the suffering and damage up to "learning" and "farm life." We live on a farm and, believe me, my neighbors would have called the authorities a long time ago if I ran my place like this. I pray every night (I honestly do) she does not manage to trap a raptor, because I truly fear for its well-being, just like the appallingly high number of other deaths she's had there. We've seen her blog be all about sheep, training her expensive sheepdog, Jasper the horse, Finn the pack-goat, pricey English riding lessons -- the whimsy goes on and on. Well, except for the inevitable poor-mouth posts where she hints that she's about to lose the farm, at which point people actually send her money to keep the whole thing going. They are crippling her, by not letting her grow up and face reality, the same way she, through inattention, cripples, maims and kills too many of the animals that end up under her watch.

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  8. Wow, I think I see the villagers with pitchforks approaching, run Jenna, RUN!!!!!!

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  9. Are we supposed to turn a blind eye toward JW when she herself states how neglectful she is with all of her animals? Questions raised in this blog are necessary for all the animals in her care. And again I'm referring to what she has written (perhaps, before it was deleted) in her blog. A prime example is the lamb that was unable to stand and slowly died while she drove around the countryside looking for a hawk to trap.

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  10. If her readers are villagers with pitchforks, what does that maker Ms Woginrich? Cold Antler Frankenstein?

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  11. sounds like a lot of farm envy going on to me.these are animals NOT humans, remember god gave us domain over them.

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  12. I am replying to your comment Anonymous March 17, 2014 at 6:26 pm... I am pretty sure God didn't intend for humans to be cruel and we don't have domain over them. I am not a vegan or a vegetarian, and yet I realize without them there would be no us. Ignorance is not bliss and neither is hiding behind some cruel words just because you invoked your god into a sentence.

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  13. A lot of envy, anger, ugly...most of those who have posted here are, I suspect, bullies.

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  14. I followed Jenna's blog for awhile; there's no question that she's a talented writer. But when she announced she was getting a second pony that she clearly couldn't afford, the jig was up. I could see the con she was running. Months later, I briefly checked the blog (I guess hoping to see that she'd come to her senses), and was appalled to see that she'd quit her job. I wasn't at all surprised though to see that she had turned off comments. As usual, she was again crying poor and couldn't sleep because she's so worried about money; next thing you know, she's showing pictures of an enclosure that she - or someone - has built for that poor hawk that used probably $300 or more of lumber and supplies. She's not, by any stretch of the imagination, a "farmer". She's in love with the romance of what she imagines farming to be, but real farming is very, very different and doesn't involve the endless collecting of animals that don't pay their own way. And her food-growing skills are laughable. Seriously, the humane society needs to get involved. There's nothing there to envy.

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