Check out our latest project, constructing a new nest box facility for our youngest batch of layer chickens. It will provide shade, night protection from predators, mobile feed, nesting space, roosting space, and of course will be totally mobile so it can be moved across pasture easily. Regular movement of chickens across pasture encourages healthy growth of grasses and non-toxic incorporation of manure into the ground. Plus it gives the… ... Continue reading | 1 Comment
Early Bird Special!
The turkeys are finally ready! They are really nice this year—plump, beautiful, and having been raised in large mobile paddocks on pasture for their entire lives. We are proud to offer these special birds for your Thanksgiving (and other holidays!) meal.
But they’re taking up lots of freezer space, which we need for organizing our incoming batch of beef and pork! If you have the ability… ... Continue reading
We always seem to be juggling several projects at once. Right now it’s planning to build a new barn and storefront and implementing a very extensive plumbing system on our ranch. Why? To provide what we refer to as irrigation in all the pastures on our ranch.
One of the most important parts of rotational grazing is getting water to each and every paddock
We are proud to announce that Vitamins Plus in Longview has started carrying our soy-free pasture-raised chicken, making them the FIRST store in Texas to carry all three of our meat varieties! They now carry whole chickens, boneless skinless breast, thighs, brisket, boneless ribeye, t-bone, sirloin, beef round roast, chuck roast, stew meat, ground beef, and pork chops. Please stop by and check out their inventory, and let
Question: What are chicken backs?
Answer: “Chicken backs” are the core of the chicken that is left after the breast, wings, and legs have been cut away for parts.
Our chicken backs are fairly meaty and are typically used to make broth and to harvest the remaining meat. 2013 is the first year we have been able to offer this cut, and we are excited to share the results… ... Continue reading
How Do We Make It To Market?
If you’ve ever shopped at a farmers market, or perhaps been lucky enough to visit several different ones, you’ll realize that it is usually a totally unique experience—for better or worse, it is nothing like shopping at a supermarket or a mall.
In some cases, there are similarities to conventional shopping outlets. A large market like Shreveport’s will have traffic and noise… ... Continue reading
By Jerica CadmanFarming can be described with a vast variety of words, and Matt and I often reflect on how different farming is from “real life,” because not too long ago, we exited the corporate/university world to enter into a life of working with the land for a living. It is a life of uncertainty, excitement, disappointment, worry, hope, and sacrifice, full of interesting people, hard work, long days, and… ... Continue reading | 2 Comments
Welcome to part III of our “Who is top cow at Shady Grove Ranch?” series. First we introduced you to Gordita. Next we introduced you to Tilly. Now it is time to let you meet the first cow ever born at Shady Grove Ranch.