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On the Homefront

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

With the main herd at the new ranch, our home ranch looks slightly different. The only cattle grazing in the pastures are the calves that are in our grass fed beef program and are finishing out on grass. No bulls or mama cows. No baby calves. Just our grass fed business.

This has opened up our grazing potential for our grass fed herd as we are no longer rotating two herds here. The grass finishing herd has a lot of grass to eat. If we continue to be blessed with rain throughout the summer, I wonder if the herd will be able to keep up with the grass. It is a good problem to have, if you even consider it a problem. After last year’s drought, we just feel so blessed.

We just completed a big grass fed harvest. We thank our many customers who support us year after year. We also thank our new customers who just found us. They travel from Georgetown, Sugarland, Spring, Pearland, Tomball, and Bryan/College Station. We appreciate their business, but most importantly enjoy getting to meet them face to face at our ranch.

With the addition of our new property, we hope to keep expanding in numbers and filling our customer’s grass fed beef needs. As of now we are sold out of any beef; however, we are already beginning a waiting list for future orders. We should begin filling them in August/September and then through the fall.

If you are interested in securing an order now for a future harvest, please contact Lara DeHaven at lndehaven@aol.com. I will be more than happy to answer any and all questions you might have about the ordering process or grass fed beef in general.

Getting Ready to Move

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

When the owners of Cross Creek Cattle Company purchased additional land in order to expand our ranch and the provide room for business expansion, we knew the property would require many hours of physical labor in order to be ready for our herd.

Our primary concern is fencing. Without proper fencing, you cannot contain your cattle nor can you keep out neighboring herds. After years of neglect, the perimeter fencing was in bad repair. Trees had fallen in some places like a game of pick up sticks. My husband and some hired men worked long, hard days removing the trees and limbs, clearing the fence lines, and repairing the fences. In many places, it was easier to completely rebuild the fence from scratch.

I am pleased to announce that the perimeter fencing is complete. Our borders are secure. Now my husband’s focus has been the cross-fencing. Pasture rotation requires good cross-fencing whether it is a sturdy 5 string barbed wire fence or a fence made with hot-wire. My husband reports that the cross-fencing is now 95% done.

Unfortunately, this new property has a infestation of feral hogs. We have them on our home ranch, but not near to the extent of the new ranch. In some places, the hogs have disked up the earth. Weeds then come up instead of grass; therefore, the wild hogs are posing a threat to our livelihood in the grass fed beef business. Cattle have to have grass in order to survive without grain.

I have written before about this problem and how my husband built a hog trap. The trap has been very effective. In the last three weeks, we have killed 37 hogs. Monday alone we trapped and killed 21 wild hogs. Not only are we feeding the local community and filling our own freezers with wild pork, but we are making a small dent in the feral hog population.

Now that the pastures are being taken care of with the removal of wild hogs and with the sturdy fencing, our next concern is water. There are many lakes and ponds on the property. One pond’s dam had broken. It has since been repaired with a bulldozer. Now all the waterways are accessible and full to the brim thanks to all the rain we have been receiving.

The next project that my husband must tackle is repairing the existing cattle pens. Once we take our herd of mama cows and the bulls to the new ranch, we will have to have a way to work and pen them up. Our plan is to use our home ranch for the sole purpose of finishing out our grass fed beef.

We are not quite ready to move our main herd just yet, but we are laying the groundwork. When we do eventually move the herd, this will not affect our customers at all. The grass fed animals will still be at the home ranch and you will still pick up your orders from the home ranch as well.

We are so excited about the expansion of our ranch and of our business. As the demand for grass fed beef increases, we are trying to keep up with the demand. We thank our customers for making this possible.


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