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Archive for June, 2014

Summer in Full Swing

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Summer on the ranch doesn’t differ too much from year to year. Really the only thing that changes is the amount of rainfall. Other than that, most things are unchanged. The heat is a dependable presence. Summers in Texas are hot and the temperatures have really begun to soar. These high temps combined with high humidity make for an awesome day. You step out of your nice air-conditioned home into an oven, and your body immediately begins perspiring.

This year in particular we have enjoyed nice rains. Therefore, we have more grass than ever. Not bad when you are in the grass fed business. Recently we had our first hay cut. We asked for round bales only. These are easier to feed a herd of cattle in the winter. We now have all the hay out of the field and stored for colder days.

The higher temperatures of summer mean that warmer water temperatures. We don’t have a swimming pool, but we do have several ponds. My children, especially the boys, love to jump in the water in an attempt to cool off. The cows do too, especially the Devons. Well, they don’t jump in, but they do like to stand mid-belly deep in the cool waters. Summertime means finding ways to cool off for both humans and animals.

Gardening is also in its prime time. Vegetables are ripening at lightning speed. We are getting to enjoy the fruit of our labor. Summertime is usually filled with putting up our produce and giving away our excess.

Summers are also a time filled with camps, fun outings, and trips. We like to spend time with our children enjoying this season together. From backyard barbecues to family floating trips, we seize time to spend with family and friends.

This is what summertime looks like at Cross Creek Cattle Company. We are busy doing both hard work and having family fun. We are truly enjoying the sunshine and cool waters. The smell of fresh cut hay fills the air. As I breathe in deeply, I know summer is in full swing.

Stellar Review from the Margiottas

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

I received this letter last week. It is from a sweet family from Buda, Texas, who became Cross Creek Cattle Company customers last year. I wanted to share it with you. Jaime gives her reasoning behind choosing grass fed beef. She also gives good information about how long an order lasted for her. It is truly a great review for these reasons. If I was searching for a place to purchase grass fed beef, I would find this letter extremely helpful. I hope you agree with me.

Lara & Family,

We want to take a moment to thank you for your phenomenal beef! What started us on the journey to purchase a whole animal was reading labels. As I prepared a meal with store bought organic, grass fed beef I noticed that it stated the beef was from 4 different countries. This concerned me, I couldn’t track even the country this beef had come from! It was clear on that day we needed to go local. We purchased our first fresh beef 2 years ago from another rancher – the beef, while high quality had a strange fishy aftertaste. We weren’t sure we liked fresh grass fed beef. We decided to try another rancher and purchased a whole cow from Cross Creek Cattle Company and split between 4 families. We were anxious to give this beef a try!

When making hamburger patties with this meat, it doesn’t shrink and it produces some of the juiciest burgers we have ever eaten! Our kids even state how much better this meat tastes! The strip steaks are perhaps my favorite cut, although the rib-eyes are a close second! It takes our family of 5 about 7 months to go through ¼ animal. We also appreciate the time Lara took to go over the cut sheet with us, and the processor for doing an excellent job meeting our needs. The packaging was done in a manner that allowed our family not to have waste. The customization of cuts was amazing and beyond our expectations.

When we picked up the beef Lara took the time to take us out to the pasture and meet the cows. Our 3 year old son made the journey with us from Austin and was amazed at the farm animals. Lara took him out to pet the horses, sang to the cows to get them to come out and our son received an invaluable lesson in where food comes from. She took time to explain why they raise their animals in a loving environment, and it shows that happy cows do make better meat.

There are not enough good things to say about the DeHaven family, the quality of beef and the humane way these animals are raised. We tell everyone we know about the beef and recommend the Cross Creek Cattle Company to all!
Kudos to you and your family for doing it the right way! You provide high quality, nutritious beef at an affordable price. You have customers for life with this family.

The Margiotta Family
Buda, Texas

2014 County Fair

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Another very busy Grimes County Fair and Rodeo has come and gone. It was filled with a bustling week of activity in the heat of early June. My kids worked hard, and their hardwork paid off. Below are the highlights of the week in photographs. Between competing in creative arts, goat show, swine show, pee-wee show, and mutton bustin’, we were spending 12-14 hour days at the fairgrounds. The latter activity is the only one not shown in pictures below. I will have to do that event separately at another time.

In-County Champion

In-County Champion

Jake is an experienced livestock judge and has competed at various contests. This was the highest he has ever placed. 1st as an individual in the Junior Division, which qualified him as the In-County Champion. We were thrilled. Kyla also competed. It was only her second time to livestock judge at a competition. She had to compete in the Senior Division. Regardless her score was great even though she did not place. We are so proud of both of them.

Kyla showing her market goat project. The judge had just passed her.

Kyla showing her market goat project. The judge had just passed her.

Kyla’s market goat died an accidental death a month after it was officially tagged in with the fair; therefore, she was done. However, my sweet Jake gave her his goat project to raise since he had a swine project, too. Since we tagged everything in as a family, it all worked out. Kyla worked her butt off turning this goat into a meat wagon. The judge liked him, she placed well, and made a good profit at the Premium Sale.

Jake showing his market swine project, Susie.

Jake showing his market swine project, Susie.

Without a goat to raise, Jake turned all of his attention to his market swine project. She was easy to raise and gained weight well. We were very hopeful as we counted the days to the fair. While transporting her in a trailer to weigh her, Susie somehow injured her back left leg. She limped bad, which is one of the things judges look for to rule out your pig. Jake did not place bad considering her injury. The judge told him that she was a great pig, but because she was crippled he could not place her any higher. We completely understood and were thrilled that he qualified for the Freezer Sale where he was able to get top dollar.

Isaac showing off RJ's chest after his show.

Isaac showing off RJ’s chest after his show.

Andrew making his pig strut her stuff.

Andrew making his pig strut her stuff.

Both Isaac and Andrew competed in the Pee-Wee Shows for pigs and goats. They did great and we can really see the benefits of having experienced, older siblings. They are already so much further along in showmanship than any of my older kids were at their ages.

Kyla's Grand Champion Art Work in the Senior Division.  It is a mixed media painting with marker and pencil.

Kyla’s Grand Champion Art Work in the Senior Division. It is a mixed media painting with marker and pencil.

Isaac's Grand Champion Art Pee-Wee Division.

Isaac’s Grand Champion Art Pee-Wee Division.

Both Kyla and Isaac brought home Grand Champion rosettes for their artwork. It was just one of the many surprises of the week.

Needless to say, we had an eventful and successful week at the 2014 Grimes County Fair. Regardless if it was judging, showing, or creating, all the activities require hours of hard work and training. Nothing just happened. The county fair in the heat, humidity, and dust might not sound appealing to many of you, but the life lessons and opportunities make it all worth while. Last week was truly a snapshot of life filled with challenges, surprises, losses, and victories. We survived and are stronger for it.

They are already thinking about and planning for next year. So look out the 2015 Grimes County Fair, we will be back.



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