More About Us and More of The Help We Need

We train and socialize small farm animals such as chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, goats, puppies and dogs to nursing homes to visit with the residents. We often take these animals inside the facility and the residents are allowed to hold, cuddle, pet and feed them while we are there for the event at no charge to the seniors or the facility.

We also are available to take these same animals to the mentally and physically disabled as well as autistic children’s birthday parties. Within a 50-mile radius of New Douglas, IL at no charge to the clients in Illinois. (Missouri may include a fuel fee)

We survive on donations and income received from animals, products or crafts made by Metro East Farms to go right back into the estimated $5,000.00 yearly budget. These sales make up about 60% of the operations with a estimated 40% from contributions by either cash, supplies such as new or used wood, fencing, feed and other items that can be utilized by the organization.

The pandemic has hit us hard where regular donations came in as a steady flow since then has trickled to a alarming level due to loss of jobs and uncertainty of their income situation has had people to keep reserves in case needed which is understandable which is why we are pleading for new sponsors, supporters or one time donators.

We are pleading for donations at this time to cover that last $550.00 needed for straw used as bedding and the remaining towards feed that will be bought before seasonal prices rise. We store the feed bought so that we don’t give winter prices for grains and other feeds.

Donators of $10.00 or more will receive a letter of appreciation on our letterhead and signed by the president of the organization. Your name will be placed on the donators list on our website under donator/supporters and any donation of $20.00 per year we will assign you an animal you get to choose what species such as Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys, Rabbits, Goats or our Great Pyrenees livestock guard dogs. You will get a list of available animals you can choose from. We show you a list of available animals for sponsorships and when you choose that animal we tag or leg band the animal with a serial number and you also will be able to give that animal a name (No nasty names rated G only) at that $20.00 per year donation level we send you photos of your animals quarterly which will NOT be posted anywhere by us. Those are YOUR photos and you own the rights to them therefore if you found a legal way to sell or let someone use a photo for monitory gain on a photo we send you in your quarterly update the copyright is yours entirely because we gave up ownership of what we sent you.

If you are local to the local area of New Douglas, IL area and would like to volunteer your time to help out on the farm or at events we can offer you the same options and still be considered a donator/supporter/volunteer/sponsor

Please consider donating to our cause, Call or email us if you want to buy feed, supplies and such and send it if you don’t want to send cash. Then you for the time of reading this letter.

Metro East Farms
83 Mettlerville Lane
New Douglas, IL 62074

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A Day Of Fundraising

A Day Of Fundraising

Today I am taking a day off of chores other than the typical feeding and daily head counts or dogs, Goats, Ducks, Rabbits and Turkeys and I normally do that 3 – 4 times a day and nightly lock up of the birds (Poultry).

While we have had some donations come in such as $200.00 for hay and a few other donations as listed on the September 2020 report. Has helped but more is needed such as some of our normal donors couldn’t donate because of financial changes due to the worldwide COVID-19 Pandemic. We have still yet to cover the rest of straw used in bedding and the rest of the feed needed until early or mid-spring 2021.

We estimate a remaining operation balance would be about $350.00 and we will be fine until we can start up events again at the nursing homes and hopefully our regular donors would have a better financial situation to once again help support us.

We appreciate anything even if it’s a dollar or new/used supplies or certain feeds we use including hay or straw for bedding.

If you have any questions feel free to E-Mail me at or donate via PayPal with major credit debit cards securely through PayPal to we are a registered business through them. You may also send donations or items to.

Metro East Farms
83 Mettlerville Lane
New Douglas, IL 62074


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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.


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 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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