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Entry Date: 2009-01-05 22:18:43
Subject: Monday January 05, 2009

    Matt and Kim Page have been helping us here for a month come Friday. They dug right in and helped with educating the younger boys, projects on the farm and home repairs. This Friday they return to their home in New Mexico. We will miss their help and I will miss conversing with another English speaker on a daily basis. They are both happy to help in any way we ask and for that we are thankful. God bless you, Matt and Kim!     Today David and I finished with school a little early so that we could go and butcher of our bulls that was slaughtered last week. We let it hang in the cooler at a nearby Mennonite home. The Mennonites are equipped with most everything related to raising and processing crops and livestock. David was eager to learn how to butcher cattle. We butcher plenty of pork here, but are not equipped for beef yet. He helped carry the larger pieces to the band saw. He also helped label and pack the meat in small plastic bags. It was not a large bull as its growth was stunted. Although he was already over two years old, he probably yielded no more than 150 lbs of beef. Normally a beef cow brings about 400 lbs. of beef, depending on breed and age. This particular bull spent the last several months of his life mowing the lawn around the hardware store.     The Mennonite farms here utilize some of the latest technology; you know, things like tractors and running water. Seriously though, they will do things the most efficient way possible and that includes using tractors rather than a team of men with hoes. They also use milk machines on their cows rather than hand milking. A couple years ago they started using a genetically engineered corn that would not be killed by Weed Roundup so that they could use their tractors to spray a weed killer over the entire filled. They also seem to one up our efforts at every turn without trying. We thought we were doing well by hiring a man with a chainsaw to make lumber from our fallen trees. We have plenty of lumber, but it isn't the straightest you've seen. When we finished, the Mennonites carted out some machine that you feed logs into and it spits out perfectly straight lumber in a fraction of the time.     So John and I often ask ourselves, what is next for the Mennonites? What is next for genetically modified crops? We believe that we see the elysian future. The next step is for the genetically modified corn is thus: First of all, the corn will plant itself once you open the sack containing it. Next, the corn stalks will reach over and pull the weeds that are encroaching on their turf. When it is harvest time, the corn will uproot itself, go grab a chicken and have the chicken leave manure in the spot where it was planted. You see, most of the fertilizer used in Honduras is chicken poo. Subsequently, the corn plant will drop one of its own kernels into the ground where it was planted and walk to the barn. When a cow is hungry, the corn will walk to the cow in need and leap into its mouth.

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