This week we had a new hen house built on the farm. This is probably one of our most exciting improvements around the farm this year! The building was funded through a loan program for farmers by 1st Farm Credit Services. 1st Farm Credit is the largest agricultural lender in IL, and we’re very grateful for the help they’ve lended us in expanding our egg operation even in this uncertain economic climate.

But one thing is certain – we needed more eggs! Almost every week we’ve run low, and we knew that we needed to find a way to expand our egg production. But we also want our hens to have all the room they need to live their lives freely, which meant building them a new hen house. While much of our laying hens time is spent outdoors, on pasture and meandering around our yard, our hen houses are where the nest boxes are located so they can lay their eggs. Its also where we can provide them with shelter during our harsh winters.

This new hen house is going to allow us to house an additional 500 laying hens, hopefully doubling our egg production. We have about 200 young hens already waiting, and in September we’ll be receiving an additional 300 chicks. This means that if all goes well, by Spring we’ll have a whole lot more eggs to go around. And we hope that will make our customers very happy!

The hen house is a Cleary Building, which are pre-engineered structures for commercial and agricultural use. A special thanks goes out to the  Cleary crew from the Oregon Office that built it! It only 3 days to build, and will be substantially cooler during the summer than our current hoop-style buildings. It will also protect the hens better during the winter. Its also located adjacent to a 7-acre paddock that the hens will have access to, so they’ll have lots of room to roam!

Here are some pictures of the project in process. Next step is to fit the building with nest boxes, roosting poles, waterers, feeder, etc as well as work out all the kinks of a new building and adapt it so that the chickens are comfortable in their new home!

Aug
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New lambs!

Last friday we received 12 new pure bred Cheviot lambs! They’ll spend the next few months out at pasture here on our farm. Cheviot Sheep are originally from Scotland, but have been in the US for over 150 years. They are known for being super hearty & healthy, are prized for their high quality meat & wool, and we’re looking forward to having them around!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve gone live with a NEW WEBSITE!

We hope that you’ll all enjoy the new pictures & videos of our farm, as well as-to-date information here on the Farm News page. Feel free to leave suggestions for topics you’d like to see us add, or features you think would be helpful.

We also have a new product ordering system, which hopefully will be a bit easier to use than the old one. If you encounter any difficulties ordering, please email our website coordinator Jennifer Satut at jennifer@hasselmannfarm.com.

Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to the right, we’ll be rolling out a new farm newsletter this fall. And be sure to check back here frequently for up-to-date farm news (like the new hen house we’ll be breaking ground on soon!). We know some  customers that will be very happy to know we’re going to hopefully have lots more eggs available by next summer!

Finally, we really hope to be able to use this website to further dialogue between our farm & our customers. So if you’ve got any suggestions for the website, recipes to share, or local food news to pass along, email them to jennifer@hasselmannfarm.com!

 

 

 

Jul
19
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Gobble Gobble!

Pasture raised turkeys

 

Its hard to think about Fall when its the middle of July, in a drought, and 100 degrees outside, but Thanksgiving Turkeys raised on pasture take a long time to grow – so our new flock of 70 chicks arrived this week. They’ll spend the next month or so safe indoors, and then move out to pasture for grazing, foraging and growing. We’ll have information available in upcoming weeks about how to reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey from Hasselmann Family Farm. And they’ll all be accounted for fast, so be sure to check back frequently!

Jul
8
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Meet Kilo!

Hereford Bull

 

On Monday night, we picked up our new purebred Hereford Bull. This is Kilo! Herefords were originally from England, but are now prized throughout the US & other areas for their super tasty beef and hardy nature. We’re looking forward to Kilo being an important member of our beef cattle herd.

And no, as dry as the pasture looks, its not fall. This drought is getting rather intense!

 

Did you know?

Duck eggs contain 3.8 micro grams of vitamin B 12 versus 0.6 micro grams found in chicken eggs. Source (Hobby Farms Presents Ducks 2nd Edition)

A few words from our customers.

I purchase a supply of meats, chicken, and eggs from the farm once a month. I have tried everything from leg of lamb to ground beef to bacon and pork roast. These are the best meat products I have ever enjoyed. It makes me feel good to know that the meats and eggs from Hasselmann Farm are safe and that the animals are humanely treated. Elizabeth