Texas Cane Corso

ICCF Registered Cane Corso Male Puppies

Shady Acres is proud to announce that we are currently accepting deposits on reservations for picks of the litter. Born 7/6/2019. ICCF Registered. $2,000 for pet homes and $2,500 with breeding rights.

Outlaw’s Raven (Blue brindle) was bred to Murcielago’s Phantom (Solid Blue), and there are 7 males in the litter. 4 Males are available for sale. They are solid blue and blue brindle. The runt is reserved and the third pick (not counting the runt) is currently available. 5 of the puppies are running very close in weight.

Please email us at shadyacrestexas@gmail.com or call/text Jeanelle at 832-977-6894 for more information!

 

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Texas Cane Corso

Cane Corso as Livestock Guardian

The Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff) is often thought of as strictly a “bodyguard ” breed. The breed is more multi-purpose than many people realize.

In the past they were regularly used as livestock and farm guardian dogs. They are known for their ability to defeat predators such as wild dogs, coyotes, wild boar among many others. It should be noted that not all bloodlines have adequate guardian qualities at this point in time, as many of these guardian instincts have been replaced with “show” dog qualities.

If you are interested in a livestock guardian or farm guardian dog that is not your typical great pyrenees or similar breeds, you should consider the Cane Corso!

Contact me for more information.

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What is Sustainable Agriculture?

“Sustainable Agriculture” is a term that is being used more frequently today than ever before, but what does it really mean? Sustainable agriculture can be defined as a means of food production that does not deplete or contaminate the earth’s natural resources that are available. Sustainable agriculture differs from conventional agriculture in that instead of using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides it tries to mimic nature and utilize a more natural and self-sustaining method of growing crops and livestock. Three important concepts of sustainable agriculture that are often mentioned are environmental health, social & economic equity and economic profitability.

The industrial revolution led to many “advancements” in agriculture in that more food was able to be produced in a broader scale, and the food was able to be sold at cheaper prices due to these advancements. With the goals of conventional agriculture structured after industrial production, much damage has been done to our natural resources in exchange for the abundance of food produced. Most obviously, the soil and water has been degraded. Due to the high rate of industrialization in farming, the farms that are operating got bigger and bigger, and the number of farmers has grown smaller and smaller. The number of farmers in the U.S. dropped by 4.3% from 2007 to 2012. There was a 6% drop in the same time frame for the number of woman farmers. For the past 30 years the average age of farmers has been steadily increasing. In 2012 the average age of farmers was 58.3 years, and this number has been steadily rising.

Many farmers were essentially forced into conventional farming methods my means of supply and demand, the farmer who is his competition converted to industrial means of farming and in order to compete in scale and price the next farmer had to convert as well. There is now a movement towards more sustainable agriculture because many people are realizing the vast amount of damage that conventional agriculture has caused over the recent decades. Sustainable agriculture is by no means a new idea, it has been practiced for many decades and is appearing to expand even more in recent years. The sustainable farmer is usually (though not always) a farmer on a smaller scale that utilizes minimal tillage, water conservation and protection, protects soil from washout and erosion, encourages biodiversity, recycles nutrients and incorporates both animal and horticulture enterprises on the farm.

 

References:

https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Online_Resources/Highlights/Farm_Demographics/

https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/viewhtml.php?id=294

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More About Us

We purchased our current homestead in May of 2017. It is our dream property with plenty of room for our children to play and lots of shade trees (Oak, Pecan and Cypress). The journey to start a farm started shortly after our offer was accepted on the property, I immediately applied for a degree program at Sam Houston State University: Master of Science in Agriculture: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Environment-SAFE. The program has been wonderful so far, with many knowledgeable professors. Everything that I have learned is directly applicable to our property and farm.

We currently have 4 female and 2 male  Registered Nigerian Dwarf Goats, 2 Registered Miniature Herefords, 2 Belted Galloways, 2 dogs and flock of egg laying chickens (Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Reds & Easter Eggers). For the time being our garden is small and we are only providing enough fresh vegetables for our family. In the future we plan expand the horticulture aspect of our farm and offer many heirloom, non-GMO varieties of vegetables. We will use all natural methods which includes not using synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. We plan to grow vegetables in no-till garden beds as well as a hydroponic green house for tomatoes. The previous owner had an Oak Tree farm, so we will will utilize the hundreds of plastic pots that he left behind for container gardening. We plan to get started on gourmet mushroom production in the coming months and will be sure to post any updates on that venture. We have many pecan trees on the property and hope that with proper fertilization they will produce more nuts for us this year. I look forward to sharing the knowledge that I gain throughout my degree program and hope that it helps other small property owners.