Green is one of my favorite colors, and I’ve come to realize it’s because it’s one of the most beautiful colors of all in the season of Spring. It’s my favorite season! New life emerges offering another opportunity to enjoy and care for the many gifts from God…life is beautiful.
We’ve begun moving our finishing steers back to the home place. This is where they’ll remain on grass and also have a custom grain blend added to their diet for a minimum 90 days. The majority of these steers is a blend of Angus & Akaushi (Wagyu). It has taken almost 3 years to reach this level! We’re very pleased with the beef from this combination, and our customers agree, it’s delicious! We also offer grass finishing upon request, and we typically finish 2-3 a year.
Calving season began later this year as we were attempting to avoid calving in cold weather. It’s so much fun watching these new calves interact with one another, like little children playing. We’ll keep all of the heifers to add to our breeding herd, and steers will go into our retail beef program.
We’ll participate in the Frankston Farmers Market again this year. We enjoyed meeting so many locals who are eager to support locally produced food. The majority of the markets will be held at Tractor Supply in Frankston. It was a great location the few times we met there last year. Follow us on Facebook and we’ll post when we’ll attend, and what products we will have. Market begins in April!
We usually offer packages on our website, however, for a limited time, we’ve included individual cuts so one can build their own package. Individual cuts are always available at the Farmers Market. The next available processing date is April, and won’t be available until mid-May. We book our dates almost a year in advance too!
Speaking of processing, it comes as no surprise, they’ve raised their fees. We used to have our ground beef cryovac packaged, but the price to do so has increased by 50 cents/lb and we just don’t want to raise the price of the ground beef. Future packaging will a combination of both chubs and cryovac packages, with the later priced to include the packaging cost increase. The chubs tend to leak as they thaw so they’ll need to be contained. Also, we’re offering both 1 and 2 lb ground beef packages. Great beef no matter how it’s packaged!
We vaccinated and gathered DNA samples of the calves last November. As I’ve mentioned in previous communications, we’ve been working for the past two years transitioning our herd to Angus/Wagyu, registered Wagyu and registered Angus. Recently, we sold our sweet Angus bull. This year we’ll have Mr Miyagi (our Akaushi bull) breeding all of our cows. Presently we have one young registered Angus bull that will be available for sale later this year, and aside from ones born this year, we’ll be out of the registered Angus business. It proved to be difficult managing two separate herds on our home place acreage.
The bees are busy! Mike has been carefully monitoring the hives, splitting as needed to avoid a swarm. He reports the hives are full of honey and bees are happy. Since we lost some hives last year, he’s worked to begin the rebuilding process. I’ve seen the bees buzzing around our holly bushes and other blooming plants. Last year I rarely saw them in our yard which was filled with all kinds of flowers. Harvesting will begin in late June and I know it’s going to be a delicious crop!
If you’re looking for a custom package or simply have questions about our products or farm, drop us an email to [email protected] We’ve updated our shipping and delivery options due to high shipping costs. We presently don’t ship, however, we offer free local delivery within 30 miles of Frankston for orders $100 minimum. With customers in the Nacogdoches, Austin and Conroe area, we typically deliver in those areas every couple of months. We welcome you to the farm as well, just notify us to set up a time so we can meet you at the gate. We have cattle that are frequently grazing around the entrance.
Prayers lifted for you all to remain healthy and strong. Give thanks for the freedom we enjoy, and for those who risk their lives for our freedom. God bless the USA!
Sharon & Mike
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