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The Big Freeze at Blue Sky Ranchsicle

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It's colder than a tin toilet seat on the shady side of an ice berg up here at Blue Sky Ranch! We did a lot of research before choosing where to buy land and Merritt seemed to fit the bill nicely. It was still pretty close to Vancouver but had summers that weren't as hot as it gets further into the interior and winters that had daytime temperatures around freezing and dipped down to around -10 at night. That didn't seem so bad! And -10 in a dry cold feels a lot warmer than a cold, rainy day on the coast. 



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When is "Antibiotic Free" not "Antibiotic Free?"

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There's a scary story in the news this week. The headline reads:

"A Terrifying Superbug Just Showed Up on a US Farm for the First Time: The bacteria found in a hog operation is resistant even to some of our most powerful antibiotics." (Read the full story).

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Pasture Raised for the Holidays

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Make pasture-raised, local meat a part of your holiday traditions. You'll be blown away by the difference in taste and you'll enjoy your meal more knowing that these animals were raised with care & compassion in a way that regenerates the earth.  Our hams are made from our pasture-raised heritage breed pork which is fed a diet of local oats & barley, fruits and vegetables and whey from Farm House Cheeses. Our pigs are raised at our ranch in Merritt. We do all our own butchery and cure the hams in a delicious brown sugar cure before they go into the...

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Who's Raising Your Meat?

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There are not many more intimate acts than eating. We've all heard the expression "you are what you eat" but these days most folks put more thought into their next smart phone than they do into what goes into their body. We like to take this expression one step further and remind folks that you are what what you eat eats. That being the case, do you really want to leave something as important as your food up to a big corporation who's first responsibility is to it's shareholders? The people who feed you should be some of the most important relationships in your life. You know your doctor, your lawyer and your accountant and we want you to know your farmers too. 

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Feeding Blue Sky Ranch Dog Food 101

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Lots of folks are choosing well-raised meat for their dinner tables but sometimes we forget to apply the same care and concern to where the meat we feed our pets comes from. If you are an animal lover, it only make sense to ensure that the food you feed your pets is not supporting an industry that doesn't share your values. After a year of research and product testing, we are thrilled to be adding dog food to our product list. 

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