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! I’m missing those milder temperatures now that we’re in the heat of summer! We haven’t had rain since June, but most of our pasture areas on our home place are still beautiful and green. Creeks have dried up, so we’re very thankful for the natural springs that keep our canals filled. The cattle definitely appreciate a place to cool off during this terrible heat spell we’re all enduring. Containers of cool well water are offered to them for another drinking source. They’re all thriving despite the weather.
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 , and we’ll also be participating in the Tyler market (located behind the mall on Old Bullard Rd). We enjoyed meeting so many locals who are eager to support locally produced food. More people are realizing the importance of knowing where and how the food we eat is raised.
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. We’ll have one grain finished steer available mid-August, and 3 more to finish by the end of the year. If you’re interested in a half or whole steer, book it now!
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!
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.
Honey was harvested late July, and it’s a sweet clover taste. It’s no surprise as the pasture they’re hives are in are filled with clover. We’re back to feeding the bees and managing the hives.
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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