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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…
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!
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.
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!