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M.A.M.A. Ranch Newsletter

August 13, 2018
We are already feeding hay this year with the drought! There just isn't really any grass out in the fields left so the Jerseys (and calves) are very happy for the hay. Thank God for the rain this weekend though! We will continue to pray for more but have some large round bales ordered from the Houston area for the rest of the fall and winter. 

This is feed ordering week. If you'd love to purchase some non GMO and soy free feed for your livestock you may order in the following ways: text or email by this Wednesday at midnight. 314-578-1351 or mama.ranch@gmail.com Your first order must be prepaid, all subsequent orders may be paid at pick up.

Feed pick up will be the following week, August 22nd. Delivery usually happens on Wednesday afternoon. Those that order will get a notification that the feed has been delivered. Remember, if you pick up your feed within 24 hours of delivery at the Ranch, you will receive a dollar off per bag! Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.
Feed Price List
Beef Boxes

Fil(et Mignon) was brought to the processor last Monday. He was our first calf born at the Ranch to Bella and our first to bring to the processor in Johnson City. Lots of firsts!

Cuts requested from the butcher
  • brisket
  • chuck roasts
  • pike's peak roast (butcher said good for cutting into stew meat)
  • back ribs
  • BBQ size ribs
  • ground beef in 1# and 2# tubes from the round, rump, and arm
  • flank or skirt steak (fajita meat tenderized but not cut into pieces)
  • beef bones (for bone broth or dogs)
  • soup bones (from the neck and shank with meat)
  • organs (liver, kidneys, and oxtail)
  • sirloin steaks +$4/pound
  • NY strip steaks +$6/pound
  • boneless ribeye steaks +$8/pound
  • tenderloin steaks +$9/pound
Prices
  • 10# mixed cut box - $8/pound, deposit $25
  • 25# mixed cut box - $7/pound, deposit $50
  • 50# mixed cut box - $6/pound, deposit $100
Details: Fil was a young 20 month bull, half Angus half Jersey, not steered. So he may be leaner than a full beef because he was both a bull and half Jersey. His Jersey is supposed to make him more tender. Everyone tells me Jersey beef is the best so we will see if that is true. He was bottle/bucket fed until he self weaned at 4 months, grass fed until this June when I started graining him with the H&H cattle grower feed so I'm hoping that got him some nice marbling. I expect there to be about 400 pounds hanging weight (includes all the bones) so I won't take anymore than 300 pounds worth of deposits. 

He was taken to Harvest House in Johnson City for processing. They are supposed to be great. USDA inspected, humane, and good at what they do. It wasn't a high stress unloading environment there. All the beef will be vacuum packed and frozen when I pick it up and I will bring it to the Ranch and put it in the deep freeze until those who have made deposits to come pick up. I expect the beef back in 2-3 weeks.

All mixed boxes are filled with whatever cuts you like, first come, first serve, at the per pound rate above. Steaks are a little extra but can count for your total pounds. I'll use whatever boxes we have, or bring your own, and tare the shipping scale we have.

I'm keeping back the heart and tongue for our family because those are favorites but everything else is available. If you want other cuts in the future please let me know and I'd love honest opinions about the taste and butchering job. This is our first time taking a young bull to the processor so the more you tell us, the better we can do for next time. We have two full beef steer calves, one black Angus and one mostly red Angus for next year. They will probably be fattier than this one because of their breed and I got them steered at the vet at a month old.

The non-refundable deposits can be paid by cash, check, or credit card either via online invoice, next time you stop by, or mailed. If you have any questions, please ask.  314-578-1351 or mama.ranch@gmail.com
Also available at M.A.M.A. Ranch

Farm Fresh Eggs
for eating or hatching: very few chicken, duck, and turkey eggs -- various sizes and colors available. 

Cow Manure Compost
for your fall gardens! By the feed sack full or pickup truck full.

Cow's Milk Soap
is gentle, cleansing, and nourishing for skin. Tea tree (essential oil) or baby's breath (fragrance oil).

Ranch Tours
come visit our cows and fowl!
Try a favorite family recipe 

Beef Stew
  • beef cut into bite sized chunks
  • flour
  • bacon fat or other grease to fry beef pieces in
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • onion cut into pieces or pearl onions
  • celery cut into pieces
  • carrots peeled, cut into pieces
  • mushrooms, quartered or if small whole
  • potatoes peeled or not, cut into pieces
  • bay leaves
  • beef stock or water
Coat beef chunks in flour while bacon fat or other grease is heating up. Fry until browned on all sides and all flour is coated with the grease. Slowly add beef stock or water mixing to make a thick gravy. Add all veggies (or reserve potatoes and boil separately for mashed potatoes) and simmer until soft and meat is cooked through. Salt and pepper to taste. 
 
Cream Biscuits
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 TB baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup cream
Heat oven to 425F. Mix and knead all ingredients. Either roll out and cut, drop onto the pan, or fold 2-3 times and form into your desired shape. Bake on an ungreased pan for 15 minutes or until browned. Serve warm with above stew and butter, maybe some honey too! Yield: 4-6. Easily multiplied 2 or 3 times for more biscuits.
 
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