Spring has come and gone and when I say gone in Texas it leaves in a hurry! We were blessed some nice temps and plenty of rain thru May, of course with our typical spring storms. As June begins you know it's summer as we have already had several days over around 100 heat index and now reaching into the 105-110 range. Just the other day it was 98 in the shade and next 10 days all hovering around 100. Long range forecast not showing much rain, so God is turning off the spigot as I say for us this summer, but as always I am sure we will get what we need if not what we want. So while the garden is hanging in so far, we are busy putting up veggies for the winter and already starting to think about fall. Thankfully we got a lot of ranch chores done early but still plenty to do as we are continually cleaning fence lines, clearing dead tress, and of course enjoying the cows.
Speaking of cows, we have had a very successful spring with a full crop of calves. Even had a great surprise this past week with our first red calf, a heifer at that so looking forward to adding this to our line.
So it's onto summer activities, watching calves grow, working early and late where possible and taking pool breaks with grandkids in the mid day to cool off and always looking forward to the next surprise as their is always on happening at 3 Heifers and a Bull Ranch!
Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed summer!
Mike and Kelley
Well sitting here before daily chores in what I suppose is mid winter but as all things in Texas doesn't really tell you much. After a brutal summer, the fall was beautiful, still not much rain but just enough to keep hopeful and grasses on life support.
Well it's definitely been an interesting year. The year started as they always seem to, recovering from the holidays, looking forward to spring, and enjoying some bits of winter. Unfortunately the last bits of winter got the best of me with a complete ACL tear and months of recovery during this most critical time of year for the ranch. Fortunate for me and not so much for my wife, she is excellent at handling the ranch and did a wonderful job as we had another successful calving season.
Five years to be more precise since my lovely wife and number one ranch hand did her initial and our only post. Where has time gone and how is it we haven't had time to post! While I could probably write a book on the activities, trials, learnings and good times this adventure has been I won't. Let's just say we have come a long way since our first chickens which followed Kelley like children and our initial 4 cows.
We have strung, I don't want to measure, untold amounts of fencing and gates, water lines, built corral, barn and also managed to remodel the old homestead while growing the herd to over 40 head...who needs some Beef!, and now have 4 grandchildren added to our wonderful mix! Hoping the next 5 years are as much fun as the last 5 have been, but maybe less fencing!
This year we have finally gotten to the point of having some stock ready for market. If you or anyone you know is looking for some quality beef, raised on good grass pastures with some being grain finished, no hormones and humanely treated....hand fed babies, let us know. From our farm to your table or your pasture. We have several available for processing this summer. Also have some cows we will be making available as we manage our herd size and genetic pool.
If in the neighborhood come and visit, pick up a few eggs, pick out a cow or just enjoy a bit of the country.
Plan on posting more in the future, really hope Kelley starts her stories as there have been many to laugh about, but as we have learned we have plenty of other things to keep us busy. Email or msg us with questions.
Here's to good eats, good health, good life and God Bless each of you and this great country!
Mike and Kelley
Some days I just have to laugh at what are now my "mommy issues" of the day. I really need to start a blog because never in a million years did I ever think that I would be living the life of Green Acres......and I wouldn't change a single thing. Those of you who know me, I'm sure it's hard to picture. It just proves that you really can teach an old dog new tricks!
Here are few examples.........
I hope this allowed you to have a good laugh, because I certainly laugh at myself daily!
That is all for tonight. Life is good! And please remember to laugh at yourself. If you can't find anything funny, I'm sure my next post will have something that will bring a smile to your face!