Not gonna lie; this exceptionally wet winter took quite a toll on our little ranch here. We're exceedingly blessed to be on a hillside, many local farms and residential communities fared far worse than we and we are humbled at the devastation on them all. Please continue to pray, not only for those farms and areas local but abroad as well. We are all connected from small community to small community and need one another to continue to supply and support our food sources!
That being said, we have had to reconfigure our grazing arrangements. Our leased areas are no longer available to us since our funds for leasing were depleted for such from excessive hay usage this wet winter. However, everything happens for a reason and as we have grown, we are more and more aware of the responsibility we have to give back to the Earth that which we have yielded. We're actually dirt farmers before anything else (from ashes we come to ashes we'll return!) The steady pace at which we have grown and the sustainable practices we have been adapting and utilizing have yielded us some pretty incredible results here on our little hillside. To boot, our animals are healthier with very few instances of illnesses over the course of these past couple of years (the hard part is that life is slow!). This alone is proof we're onto something a whole lot deeper than serving you the best beef. What started as an adventure to "make a little money" cost us more than we make, but the results we're yielding are by comparison more valuable than a paycheck. It's humbling when we get connected to the very ROOT of what feeds us, sustains us and allows us to regenerate to continue the simply elegant cycle of life. What we reap we sow to reap once more until the days' end; as nature intended and God created.
This year we'll be venturing into yet another level of green-feeding. Allen is so excited about this, he's renewed his passion just as he had when we first launched in late 2013. Because some of our leased pastures are no longer available, and our demand is growing, we have had to learn a few things about a few things. There are words floating around like rotational grazing, regenerative agriculture, sustainable farming and hydroponics. These words are now a very fluid part of our planning & practices and we are excited about the developments coming this season! We have reduced our production herd (the ones that make babies) in order to have room for the growing and incoming steers & bulls to feed you, and we haven't reduced our desire to provide you still the very best. As we have mentioned before, we work with select influential longhorn breeders, who are substantially more fit for raising the meat producers while we concentrate on the finishing end until we are able to expand in land. Still, we are producing 1/3 of our animals for finished products and we are proud of this accomplishment with so little leased land available.
What's the big news? We'll be sharing more about our most exciting feeding regiment as April progresses. These guys will still be rotational grazing, allowing that broad spectrum of plant life. We'll be supplementing with some beautiful green year-round, and we expect our hay usage to be reduced by almost half. This is all part of regenerative sustainability, a crucial part of our growth. When those other folks say NO we say WE FOUND A WAY. Our mission is that important; to us, for you and for life.
You're an intricate part of what we do. Without your DIRECT PURCHASING SUPPORT we are unable to continue. We are SOLELY dependent on sales from our beef, eggs, livestock and finished horns/skulls and we are so grateful for your business and connection. We are strengthening our commitment with you through the availability of organic produce through our site (YAY!!!) as well as other solely pastured meats we'll be raising this year. Together, we grow against the NO.
Blessings & Humbled Gratitude ~Kimberly