January 2017

Happy New Year everyone!

We are busy right now getting gardens prepped for spring and keeping our cattle happy. We have had four calves in the past few days and they are running all over the place, chasing their mothers to get their milk fix. So cute! We will have many that are ready for processing this spring and so we will be offering another way to get your beef. You will be able to order 1/4, 1/2 or a whole beef. I guess it will depend on how much freezer room you have.

The best price will be for the whole beef but if you can’t fit that in your freezer, find some friends that will split it with you. All prices are based on the hanging weight of the animal. A deposit will be required to order and your final price will be billed to you prior to pickup or delivery.

At this time we are still not going to be raising meat chickens this year, I will let you know as soon as we begin again. We do have lots of layer hens and may even expand that a little this year.

On another note, our horses are doing better. Our two that are broke we kinda spoiled, so we sent them to the trainer for a little re-education. Our two that are not broke are getting broke and wont be back on the ranch for a few months. So now is the hard part, our training! None of us are very experienced at riding horses, so we are getting trained too. I am going to the trainer once a week and Boy. am I sore! We also have to ride our horses that are here at least a few times per week to keep them from getting spoiled again. This is going to force us to get in better shape. Freddy is in the best shape but he is sore too! I need to find some FFA kids that want to ride a few days a week for me.

We are working our some deals with other farmers and ranchers to improve our availability of beef and add some new products as well. Also we are working on some ideas for customer activities for you and your kids. Little by little, we are building our ranch and our business to better serve you!

As always, I will keep you posted!
Stacy

Updates on the ranch.

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Things are starting to get busy here at the ranch. Spring is coming and that means it’s almost chicken season. We are gearing up for a busy year. One thing about ranching is that there is never a dull moment. We are having calves a few times a week right now, chicks are growing in the brooder house, gardens are being cleaned. We have also been fixing things that broke, there is a never ending job! We just put in a culvert in the back because we have a creek behind the house and when it rains, it becomes impassable. Well, right after that, we got torrential rains that washed it out completely. That was lots of $$- gone. So we just built it again, only bigger and stronger. Now we are praying that it stays there for many years to come. This has been the wettest year I can remember in my 25+ years in Texas. We did repairs to chicken housing and fences that broke. Between fixing things, taking care of animals, business busyness and family…we are never bored. Now I will be adding another thing to my list… I have renewed my Real Estate license… OH BOY! It is always a good thing to have many revenue streams, especially as a rancher… We have had a number of people we know interested in buying land up here and I have had to refer them out. NO MORE! Marty and I are getting older and we need to do what we can NOW before we are too old… In these uncertain times, it is good to pay off everything you can. On that note, we will be starting our garden soon and will have for sale any surplus. If you have a garden with surplus you would like to sell, call me and we will work out a deal to get your produce on our website. I am working on some new products for 2016 as well. Homemade breads, jams, herbs, crafts, etc. I know some of you make homemade things, why not partner with us this year! Well there you go, now here is the news…

CHICKEN
The meat chickens have been ordered so we should have our first batch in April. Plan ahead to order enough to fill your freezers for the winter before we stop production. Chicken season is from February till October and we stop production when our freezers are full. So order early so you don’t miss out!

BEEF
We are very low on beef at the moment. We are hoping to get that fixed asap. It takes 2 years to grow out our beeves and we have some that are just not ready yet. We are working with a few other ranchers to try to get a more regular supply. We buy new momma cows every year and they keep having calves so we shouldn’t have this problem in the future.

EGGS
Our chickens have finally decided to start laying eggs again. So we will have them when you need them. We are also adding new layers to keep up with demand. If you have never tried our Ranch fresh eggs, you are missing out!