We have finally gotten our beef processed and in the freezer! A long time a comin, and have had a lot of people anxious to get some back in their freezer. Our son usually shows and sells one at the local county fair, but due to FFA events that he chose to attend he wasn't able to make it for the weigh in dates. He has a following of people that love his beef - from the way he raises it to the way it cooks up on the grill.
Matt has his own cows, some are registered Angus and some are Angus cross, and he has raised his own project steers for several years. They don't always get the blue ribbon in the show ring against some of those pretty steers, but he has done quite well in the events that have followed. Our local beef organizations - Tahoe Cattlemen Association and Placer Nevada Cattlewomen - host the beef carcass awards where the exhibitors get points for the grade, rate of gain and marbling of their finished product. Matt has won several awards for his quality of beef that he has produced.
Since he was not able to sell his steer at the local fair, we had them processed at Wolf Pack Meats in Reno Nevada, a USDA facility, so we can now share our product.
We are looking forward to having a larger selection of beef available next year, as we have about 15 calves for our 2011 crop. Some are pure bred Angus calves, and the rest are pure bred Hereford which we have added to the herd.
Some of the heifers will be kept and added to the herd, and a couple will be used for project steers for some of our local exhibitors. Matt will take on the job of trying to halter break a few of the calves. Takes a lot of patience and dedication of which I as a parent, have always enjoyed watching how he handles himself around the animals. I have caught him sitting with the cows, just hanging out with them, and once we found him sleeping with one of his steers.
We have almost gotten all of the blackberry mowed up and our pastures are really looking good heading in to the wet months of winter. We have hay in the barn for the "just in case" situation, but hope that the grass will keep growing and the cows will continue keeping it down.
Tue, October 5, 2010
by Karin Sinclair filed under