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Be Our Guest

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Yesterday, Lane and I had the pleasure of  giving a tour of the ranch to some prospective grassfed beef buyers.  We really enjoyed being able to show the herd, facilities, and pastures to this family.  Both the parents and their four children enjoyed themselves.

It is funny how you can live here most of your life, but it is not until someone comes to visit that you see your home in a different way.  You see it through the eyes of the guest.  You see the green pastures.  You see the lake and tanks filled with fresh water and fish.  You see the fat, docile cattle resting in the shade of tall pine trees.  You see the tall Bahia grass waiting for the blade of the cutter to make unfertilized hay bales for your cattle in the winter.  You see horses sleek and graceful in their pens waiting for you to stretch out your hand and rub their faces and necks.  You see your ranch and home as it is.

We love it here at Cross Creek Cattle Company.  If anyone has questions and/or concerns about show cows or grassfed beef, please feel free to contact us here.   If you would like to see the ranch and what we do, we will schedule a tour.    Our herd is raised on pasture grasses, water, and sunshine.  We raise beef the all-natural way.  Seeing is believing!  Consider this your invitation; here you can be our guest.

Top Ten Reasons to Buy Grassfed Beef

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

10.  It is lower in fat and higher in vitamins and minerals.Eating Steak

9.  It tastes great and is flavorful.

8.  It is free of hormones, antibiotics, steroids, etc.

7.  It has a healthy balance of Omega-3s which makes grassfed beef heart healthy.

6.  The overall health benefits of grassfed beef support the change from grain-fed beef.

5.  You gain peace of mind because you know from where your beef came.

4.  Going grassfed is an environmentally-friendly and green option.

3.  Buying grassfed beef  supports local and family-owned ranches.

2.  We raise beef as nature intended on fresh, green grass and with plenty of fresh water.

1.  It is an affordable investment in your family’s health, nutrition, and well-being.

Cross Creek Cattle Company will be harvesting beef soon.  We have a limited supply still available.  It is not too late.    We sell split quarters, halves, and wholes.  Place your order for all-natural, grassfed beef today.

Extreme Heat and Drought

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Drought conditions have cracked the ground.

Drought conditions have cracked the ground.

There are several phrases that a grassfed rancher does not want to hear.  Two main ones are extreme heat and drought.  We have just about endured the hottest and driest June and July that I can remember.  It was really hot and dry in May, too.  Almost everyday these past two months temperatures have soared  over 100 degrees.  The heat indexes are even higher.  This coupled with little precipitation is a two-edged sword.

So what does this mean for Cross Creek Cattle Company and their grassfed beef?  First and foremost, we pray.  We do not pray for rain, though.  I wrote an article called “Pray More Effectively” which explains why we pray specifically for fat cows and green grass.

We work very hard to ensure proper pasture rotation.  This is extremely important.  The roots of grass are about as long as the visible blades.  So if your grass is 12″ high, its roots reach about a foot in the ground.  Shallow roots are going to dry up in hot and dry conditions.  The grass will not be able to rebound as quickly when we get some rain.  Cattle can trample the short blades of grass and really tear up your pasture whereas the longer blades of grass are more resilient.  We do not allow the cattle to eat the grass down below 6″.  They are constantly being moved from one pasture to another.  We do this with temporary electric fencing and permanent barbed wire fencing.

A cow in the mineral feeder while others chew their cud in the shade.

A cow in the mineral feeder while others chew their cud in the shade.

We ensure that our cattle have supplemental minerals to help them maintain their health and body conditions.  At Cross Creek Cattle Company we use a mixture of kelp meal and salt.  We add some diatomaceous earth to act as a natural wormer.  This mixture is all-natural and allowed by the government for use on certified organic ranches.  Even though we have not sought organic certification, we use these products to ensure our beef is all-natural.  This mixture is self-limiting, meaning that the cattle take only what their body needs.  They cannot overdo the supplements.

We are surrounded by traditional ranchers.  Ones that feed out their cattle with grain.  Ones that do not adhere to strict pasture rotation.  Unfortunately, they are already feeding hay and putting out protein tubs.  These are measures usually employed during the winter.  It is also expensive.  Because their pastures are burnt and brown, they must rely on these products to get their cattle through the summer.

Photograph taken July 22nd.

Photograph taken July 22nd.

With proper management, we have made it through June and July with fat cows and green grass.  We are in continual prayer as we know the “dog days of summer” are just around the corner.  Our herd is still looking good.  They are thriving when some cattle on area ranches are only surviving.  Regardless of weather, we are committed to raising grassfed beef.  We take our commitment seriously and are proactive in maintaining the health benefits of all-natural grassfed beef.  It is antibiotic-free, hormone-free, grain-free, and steroid-free.  Our cattle thrive on green grass, sunshine, and fresh air even during time of extreme heat and drought.

If you are interested in placing an order for our beef, go here.  Our website has information on the health benefits of grassfed beef as well as other relevant material.  Go green!  Go grassfed!

Weaning Grassfed Calves

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Traditionally, a rancher who wanted to wean some calves would separate them from the herd and pour feed to them.  The calves would fatten up on the grain until the rancher decided what to do with them.  He/She would decide which calves needed to return to the herd, which ones he/she was going to continue to fatten up to eat, and which ones he/she would sell.  With a grassfed herd, the traditional way to wean is out.  One cannot wean their calves on grain and sell them as grassfed.

Some of our weaned calves.

Some of our weaned calves.

Therefore at Cross Creek Cattle Company, we wean differently.  We still separate the calves from their mothers.  In order to make the transition less stressful, they are separated by a stout metal fence.  The cow and calf can still see each other and call to one another.  The calves just cannot nurse.  Usually by the second day the cows decide to leave their calf and go grazing in a different pasture.  Sometimes a cow will decide sooner.  Either way the cow knows where her calf is and she knows that it is fine.

The calves have access to plenty of water, hay, and grass.  We carefully monitor the grass situation to ensure that the calves have what they need.  After a week or so, we begin feeding them alfalfa pellets, which is dehydrated alfalfa grass in pellet form.  Alfalfa is a high-quality grass.  It is high in protein.  Therefore, the calves do well on it.  Unfortunately, alfalfa does not grow well in this area, which is why we choose to feed it in pellet form.

However, cows can bloat on such rich grass if their bodies are not adjusted to it slowly.  We begin with 1/2 pound of alfalfa pellets per calf a day.  We slowly work them up to 2 pounds a day of alfalfa.  This helps to ensure that their body condition does not fall behind while they are going through the transition of weaning.

We have several pens in which to graze so that they always have a good supply of grass.  We even use electric fencing to help us separate large pastures into smaller grazing fields.  This ensures that all the grasses are getting eaten.  Sometimes cows will selectively eat a pasture.  Then a rancher has to come behind them and shred the grasses that are left.  This is a waste.  It is like a child who will not eat their vegetables and a parent who throws them away every evening.

Our calves look just as good as the traditionally weaned calves.  They have maintained great body condition without the use of grains and other feeds.  They have eaten grass in several forms: fresh in the pastures, dried in the form of hay, and dehydrated in pellets.  Grass and water is really all a cow needs.  It is healthier for them and for us, which is why we raise grassfed beef.

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