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Thorvin Kelp – Iceland

Though Dallas and i recently returned from 2 weeks stay in Iceland, we did not have opportunity to visit the location where Thorvin Kelp is harvested, dried, and packaged.  If i get the opportunity to go back, i will make a better effort to get there.  However, it is a 3 hour drive one way from Reykjavik, so we’ll see.  Driving is straightforward and fairly easy in Iceland, so it wouldn’t be difficult.

Here’s a brief history from Thorverk website:

The ascophyllum covered shores

The ascophyllum covered shores

Thorverk hf.

Thorverk hf. is a seaweed drying plant founded founded in 1986 on the remnants of the pioneering Þörungavinnslan at Reykhólar North of Breiðafjörður, Iceland. The abundnat seaweed grounds of Breiðafjörður have been harvested in the area since 1974 to produce geothermally dried algal meal. The geothermal heat comes from local boreholes. Thorverk is able to produce annually several thousand tons of pure, dry seaweed meal. The product has been certified as organic and sustainably harvested for decades..

Seaweed Meal Processing

Thorverk focuses on harvesting two species of seaweed: Ascophyllum nodosum and Laminaria digitata. The A. nodosum is collected between April and October using specially designed harvesting machines. They cut the plants obove the growth point. The harvested grounds are then left for regrowth for at least four years. L. digitata is harvested using a specially equipped coaster in late autumn and winter.

Harvesting schemes are deployed for the seaweed based on decades of experience and in accordance with surveys and consultancy from Icelandic and international marine biology experts.

Once landed, the crop is chopped and dried using a band drier. Clean, dry air is pre-heated to a max. of 85°C using hot geothermal water that is fed through heat exchangers. This gentle drying procedure ensures that all minerals and organic substances are preserved in the raw material. The drying heat also prevents surface oxidation and browning or burning. Its colour is therefore delightfully bright. The use of the geothermal water also means the production process is environmentally benign. The geothermal hot water flows freely from the wells and emits next to nil of CO2.


Tuesday i took another pallet shipment of Thorvin kelp which i offer free choice to my cow/calf herd as well as offer for sale to those who don’t need a pallet at a time.  Thorvin Kelp is offered in 50 lb bags at $60 per bag picked up at Powell Seed Farm, Linneus, MO.

Iceland is a beautiful but sparsely populated country with natural resources including geothermal heat just spouting up all over!  and the sweetest tasting just-off-the-glacier water in the world.  More about our journey in Iceland in future blogs.

Thorvin seems to be the USA package name for Icelandic kelp.  I’m trying to get that connection made.
pure, dry seaweed meal from Iceland – Click here for the analysis
this is a muddy day, but the cows still need minerals in north Missouri.  This feeder has 3 compartments in which i offer Thorvin Kelp, Pure Salt from Kansas (no YPS), and a hi-phosphorus product from Agri-Dynamics.
Thorvin Kelp can also be added as a soil amendment – after all, it’s simply geothermally dried seaweed.


Date Night!

My hubby and I seldom spend time together, much less an actual date night.  But we spent nearly three hours together this evening!

It all started earlier when Dallas and I set up the fences to move my cows and baby calves across the road this morning.  That went well, but there are always a few calves which don’t move with the cows.  Plus there was a cow who just calved and we weren’t even go to try moving her with a new baby.  They need to bond first and the calf is just not strong enough to walk a 1/4 mile.

So, we left seven calves and two cows behind and shut the gate.  We’ll be back in the evening to move them. In the meantime, I had a calf die to scours or mysterious ailment and this is actually about the 10th calf to die suddenly, so I took it to the vet to be posted and try to determine the cause.  After opening up the calf, my suspicions were confirmed:  clostridium perfringens!  aka know as purple gut or one strain is blackleg.  Pretty much impossible to stop – typically it’s a sudden death disease.  However, Dr Sparks recommended a shot of Excede, Clostrodium B & C Antitoxin, and Multimin 90.  He also suggested I get HELP doctoring any rough looking calves and all newborn calves.  That sounded like chastisement – methinks my veterinarian knows me too well.  But he is right, how am i going to rope a calf, throw it, hold it down, and give it three separate shots?!  Well, i could do it, but……

Here’s a link to a paper which explains C perfringens more fully.

So, armed with new meds, i head home with my posted dead calf and the live one i had also brought over, but it had rain rot, or what i talked about early jungle crud.  This calf is in REALLY bad shape.  So, in addition to the above shots, I gave it penicillin and doused her with 7% iodine and took her back to her mom.  She actually had an appetite and went straight to nursing.  We’ll see.

Anyway, the date night part!  Since Dallas had not finished mowing June’s lawn by 7pm tonight, Allen volunteered to help me.  Well, I hated for him to; it was going to be a big job and he is a busy person.  However, we spent a lovely evening together moving the seven calves and  two cows across the road and doctoring 10 or so calves.  It all went incredibly well and we made it home just a bit before 10pm.  We are so romantic……   😉

Shabbat Shalom!