End of September 2020 Report

  • Donations

Paul Ragsdale Sr.


Mike Bridgent


Susan Davis




  • Sales

7 Roosters Sold




  • Income Totals

A – Donations


B – Sales


Total – A + B = T


  • All Expenses

Buchheit’s Greenville



Cory Manning

5 1000lb Bales Hay


Buchheit’s Greenville




Dog Food 50 lb











–  $48.02

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We are almost there! You can help us help them.

Good Afternoon! Allot of things have been finished this last month a volunteer crew came up last weekend to put up the new fence to give the goats another ½+ acres and increases their grazing area allowing us to cut back on grains until after the first frost when Grain and hay will take the place of the grazing pasture.

I hate to sound like a broken record, but we have cut as much as can and operating on the bare minimum. We had one nursing home event in January then COVID-19 shut everything down and people lost their jobs and donations from our regular donators plummeted. Even with us not doing events because of the pandemic we still must take care of the animals, WE NEED YOUR HELP

Straw – $75.00 This will last us for 12 months by buying in bulk.

Feed is a little different situation because of the types of feed needed.

350lbs – Whole Corn $6.04 per #50 Bag
400lbs – Cracked Corn $7.19 per #50 Bag
250lbs – Egg Laying Pellets $8.99 per #50 Bag
250lbs – Hen Scratch $7.99 per #50 Bag
300lbs – All Flock Poultry Feed $11.21 per #50 Bag
250lbs – Chick Starter $11.97 per #50 Bag
250lbs – Rabbit Pellets $10.99 per #50 Bag
500lbs – Goat Sweet Feed $9.49, $12.99 per #50 Bag

50lbs – Sodium Bicarb #50 $21.99 per #50 Bag

The feed and straw are a priority and needs before the end of the year. You can purchase these products at our feed store via their website then they will notify us to pick it up or PayPal us we are a verified business and accept major credit cards and debit cards or visit us and you can use our Point of Sale reader.

(PayPal donate@metroeastfarms.com)

Hopefully the nursing homes will open back up and we can get back to take these animals to go visit them. Any and all help is appreciated.

You can call for more information Voice/Text 217-800-6448 (Text 24 hrs Voice 6am – 8pm CST)

If you can donate via PayPal at donate@metroeastfarms.com or send check or money order to

Metro East Farms
C/O Paul Ragsdale Jr.
83 Mettlerville Lane
New Douglas, IL 62074

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Larry Beyer of Granite City IL put together a voulenteer work crew to do a fence project that Metro East Farms  has been trying to get done since the spring of 2020. Most of the steel T-Post driven into the ground May or June by Patrick Vandaveer of Lebanon IL. On Saturay September 26th Larry Beyer of Granite City IL put together a 4 man all voulenteer work crew Jeremy Beyer from Collinsville IL, Logan Williams from Edwardsville IL, Brett Sardigal from Alton IL, Josh Hancock from East Alton IL.

Once we got started it went pretty quick and turned out pretty well. It is people like this that helps get things done benifitting the animals by giving them so much more pasture to graze in.


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Donation Drive Update

Yesterday we received a $200.00 cash donation handed to us by a Highland, IL man who wishes to be anonymous. The donation was to be towards the hay leaving a balance of $50.00 this hay will last us until this time next year. Without that donation it was going to get rough to keep far enough ahead to take any type of breather. We still need roughly $200.00 for square bales of straw used as bedding for the Goats, Rabbits, Ducks, Chickens and Turkeys. We will also need an additional $250.00 for Rabbit pellets, Goat Sweet Feed, Egg Laying pellets for Chickens, Ducks and Turkeys and Cracked corn which we mix in the Poultry and Goat feed to stretch the more expensive feed by as much as 25% – 50%. We can take 50 lbs. of sweet feed and turn it into 75– 80 lbs. of mixed feed saving as much as $14.00 and in chicken feed 50 lbs. Egg Laying Pellets and 50 lbs. cracked corn making 100 lbs. of mixed feed saving almost $20.00 per 100 lbs. So right now we need another $450.00 To complete the next 12 months. With the COVID-19 this has been the toughest year for donations we have ever had. I am 100% sure we can get everything we need if we have a little help… Thank You!


All Donations and Sponsorship go to Medications, Veterinary, Feed, hay, Bedding, Fencing, Building materials & Transporting animals to and from Nursing Centers.  


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Metro East Farms Photo Of The Week August 23 2020

Metro East Farms Picture of the Week August 23 2020 This picture is Madison, She was born February 18 2020. Her mother is Willow and her father Mr. Pickles both Metro East Farms lifetime residents.

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Other Ways to Help Metro East Farms to continue their mission

Good morning! We have had a couple of inquiries about donations. If you dont want to donate cash, there are other options such as Feed, bedding, supplies and Vetrenarian Services, as always we welcome anyone who wants to volunteer their time at events or on the farm.

  • Hay, Round or Square.
  • Straw Square bales only.
  • Tarps or heavy plastic to cover Hay bales like 12ft x 12ft, 15 x 15 to 20ft x 20ft and larger.
  • Goat sweet feed.
  • Cracked corn.
  • Poultry egg laying pellets.
  • Rabbit pellets.
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Watering bottles for rabbit cages.
  • Medium / Large dog collars for goats Black, Green, Blue, Pink.
  • Small collars for rabbits (like chihuahua size) Blue or Pink.
  • Syringes 2ml, 3ml, 5ml, 10ml.
  • Needles 18, 20, 22 gauge.
  • Co-band wrap 2 & 4-inch-wide rolls
  • Basic 1st aide Items gauze, peroxide, alcohol etc.
  • 55-gallon steel barrels with lid and rings
  • Large White Plastic Totes (large square liquid totes)

We do not accept opened medications unless it is still sealed.

  • Manna Pro 1000357 Colostrum Supplement 8 oz
  • Manna Pro Milk Replacement
  • Neogen Ideal 7006 Screw on Teat, Latex, Red
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Bar-Vac 135533 Vaccine, Liquid, 50ml
  • VETRX 034922 Goat and Sheep Remedy, 2 oz
  • Ammonium Chloride
  • Draxxin Tulathromycin
  • Bactracillin G Injection
  • Corid Oral
  • Cydectin
  • Noromectin
  • CDT or CD&T Clostridium Perfringens type C + D & Tetanus.
  • Durvet Canine 6-way protection Vaccine 100 case ($10.99) Buchheit’s Greenville, IL.
  • Prepay any amount onto our account at Greenville Animal Clinic in Greenville, IL for future services.
  • Durvet 001-1068 Ivermectin Sheep Drench.

 Building and Fencing tools, supplies and lumber

  • New or Used lumber some larger scrap pieces as well.
  • T-Post for fencing New or Used.
  • Metal Electric Fencing Post New or Used.
  • Round Fence Post New or Used.
  • Telephone Post New or Used.
  • Railroad Ties New or Used.
  • Electric Fencing insulators all types New or Used.
  • Electric fence wire new.
  • Roll fencing New or Used.
  • Shingles and Felt roofing paper.
  • 5-gallon buckets black tar.
  • Silver fiber roof paint for tin roofs.
  • New or used Tin sheets painted or non-painted..
  • 2 ½, 3, 4-inch torx wood screws size 20.
  • Interior, exterior paint, stains including waterproofing paint.

Thank You for your time. You can also donate below, all Donations and Sponsorship go to Medications, Veterinary, Feed, hay, Bedding, Fencing, Building materials & Transporting animals to and from Nursing Centers.


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Andre The Goat Veterinarian Update

Just because we haven’t been able to do any events at nursing homes or birthday parties for the disabled, handicapped and autistic kids doesn’t mean we quit feeding and taking care of the animals.

08/24/2020 we spent $140.00 in veterinary care on the newer buck Andre (IL-048 0014) last month he had a greyish discharge from his nostrils and after a shot of Bactracillin G Injection and it seemed to clear up. About 4 days ago he seemed to be not as active but I kept an eye on him, the next day he was the same but seemed to be not urinating properly so being concerned about Urinary Calculi, a urinary-tract condition in goats and sheep, prevents both urination and breeding in males. The twists and turns of the male urethra make passing solid particles difficult at best and impossible at worst. Urinary Calculi is a disease that can and does kill animals quickly.

The veterinarian D. Bristow from Greenville Animal Clinic showed up yesterday about 10:00 Am and examined Andre. He was running a 104.4F temp and listening to his lungs and my past notes on him last month using  (Livestockk Manager) he determined he had a upper raspatory infection and pneumonia. He gave him a couple of injections a strong Antibiotic and non-steroid anti inflammatory and as far as the Urinary Calculi he didn’t see signs of it but at my insistence he gave me some ammonium chloride. I am like that will all of the animals here on the farm, even chickens.

With COVID-19 pandemic and with people losing their jobs our donations have dropped to almost nothing. After going over last year and the year before we average a $5,000.00 operational budget. A little over a quarter of our operational budget come from the sale of goats that don’t qualify for training in the senior citizen and the disabled therapy program. We also incubate Chicken, Ducks and Turkeys eggs and sell baby birds that we don’t use as well as rabbits sold as pets. The rest of the operational budget comes from donators including members of the team.

I can’t stress enough the need for your help, We have been taking senior citizens fishing since 2012 and then training small farm animals by bottle feeding and handling them allot so that they are socialized and don’t mind being handled therefore the seniors can pet, hold, snuggle and feed with no danger to any of the clients. Folks this takes money to properly care for these animals and I know I sound like a broken record, but this year has by far been the most difficult. Use the donate button below if you can help even as little as a dollar. We thank everyone in the past that has donated in the past and if you can open your hearts once again have a great day and God bless.

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We Are On TicTok

We are on TicTok for ever long it last depending on if the United States ban on them takes affect mids September or if it is purchased by an American or another sutable country. We post videos pretty much everyday and live stream at least once a day. Come look us up @metroeastfarms we use the hashtags #MetroEastFarms #FarmLife . SEE you there!

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Medical Isssues With Your Livestock

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If one thing I realized is that your never 100% and you shouldn’t be so confident that you get comfortable and blinded. The old saying is true! If it can, It will! Every spring I have the vet come out and look everybody over, maybe clip hooves of the stubborn ones. It’s so much more cost effective and it keeps me from loading 9 goats, unloading 9 goats. I had a good examination as I do every year however I lost 2 goats 7 months apart.

So, what should you Do? Well when you go feed and water your animals just do a quick look over, how they are standing, how are they walking, look at the fur or feathers, maybe notice the way they are acting. Make and keep good records.

**** Myself  I use a free program called Livestock Manager, it’s an online program, It has ad’s on it but nothing keeping you from full use but a donation to them dumps the adds and as good as the program is, I had no problems with a donation. I get no kickback or referrals it is truly an excellent program letting you keep records from Chickens to cows and horses and gestation and hatching calculators including Vets, meds and other events that keep track of gains and losses. ****

At least once a week do a little more of a look over, see if they are looking thinner, I take a picture of each goat every Monday and the last Friday Compare them at the last day of the month. This allows you to see 1st picture and last picture and compare, something that you might miss seeing the animal every day. At least each month check goat, equine bovine or swine hooves for splits or punctures. Pull down the lower eye lids, upper eye lids and gums if they are bright pink you are okay light pink keep an eye on it and if it is pale it is anemic, and you need to act fast. If you notice that animal has lost weight have a fecal sample, my vet charges $20.00 per sample and I often get 3 or 4 pellets per goat for like 3 goats. This gives a % estimate parasite load on your goat herd. If you suspect a single goat that is that has lost weight and is anemic than take samples from that goat to see how bad the load is.

Just because the animal is acting fine from experience an animal can die within 24 hours if you are not keeping up with your animals, ALL mammals can be checked for parasites that way. If the animal eyes and gums are pale and has Diarrhea this could be a Coccidia infestation which is a whole different situation and attack plan, in this case I recommend a Fecal sample. Coccidia need to be dealt with aggressively Coccidia is a monster of a parasite you should ALWAYS keep bags of electrolytes on hand or Gatorade anytime they have scours (diarrhea).

1. Pink to Bright Pink – Animal is a normal, healthy animal and not anemic this is a good sign he or she may not be affected by parasites.

2. Light Pink- a pretty good indication of a parasite infestation and a pretty good idea to treat or get fecal samples of goats 3 or 4 pellets per goat up to 3 goats that are showing signs on amimia.

3. Pale – Get fecal sample immediacy your Goat’s life is in immediate danger, Start hitting his system hard we started using a 50/50 mix of Noromectin 1% injection & Cydectin Oral Drench. Now I know the Noromectin says injection, but it was proven to me that mixing 10 ML 50/50 orally to each goat for 3 days. Then wait 10 days and give each goat 10 ML for 1 day.

The mixture really does wipe out the worms in the goat’s system but not the eggs. As soon as the eggs hatch (10th day) you hit each goat with that 10 ML and it kills the eggs that just hatched before they can lay eggs, after you wait to day 10 and not hit them with that dose, then you wasted your time as well as expensive de-wormer. I would have never mixed the 2 together especially with one being labeled as injectable but I see, I saw and I did they bounced back within 24 hours, went to the back pasture with the herd and then to he point where they were butting heads and climbing. But the choice is yours.

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