Meet Your Beef http://meetyourbeef.com Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:47:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Never Give Up- A Tale of a Premature Calf Born on the Dot Seven Ranch http://meetyourbeef.com/never-give-up-a-tale-of-premature-calf/ Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:47:16 +0000 http://meetyourbeef.com/?p=2339 Fall on the Dot Seven Ranch can only mean one thing: calving season. We start calving about the end of August but this year was much different. About two weeks ago (end of July) my Mom was doing a routine herd check on a Friday morning when she noticed one of the first calf heifers going into labor. This was not a good sign and we were prepared for the worst. Calves born an entire month early typically don’t survive. They are underdeveloped and much too small, not to mention the heat of the Central San Joaquin Valley is often far too intense for a newborn to handle. Fortunately, the heifer had the calf without any complications. Step one was a success. Much to my...Continue Reading

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Fall on the Dot Seven Ranch can only mean one thing: calving season. We start calving about the end of August but this year was much different. About two weeks ago (end of July) my Mom was doing a routine herd check on a Friday morning when she noticed one of the first calf heifers going into labor. This was not a good sign and we were prepared for the worst.

Calves born an entire month early typically don’t survive. They are underdeveloped and much too small, not to mention the heat of the Central San Joaquin Valley is often far too intense for a newborn to handle.

Fortunately, the heifer had the calf without any complications. Step one was a success. Much to my Mom’s surprise, she also found the calf alive! We knew at this point that although we had a LONG way to go, we were going to do anything in our power to help this calf survive his unfortunate entrance into this world.

Not surprisingly, this calf was TINY. His hair was very short and coarse. His ears fit in the palm of my hand, a little bigger than the likes of a golfball. He was a tiny heap of bones with all the obvious signs that he should have baked a little longer.

First order of business was getting colostrum into him as soon as possible. We knew if there was any chance of him living it would be because of the colostrum and our intervention. My mom also administered (injected) some vitamins and minerals to give him a little extra boost. We call these our “weak calf shots” and they come at the recommendation of our veterinarian.

It was soon decided that Maximus would be his name. After all he needed something strong going into the hard battle he had ahead.

Maximus couldn’t drink from a regular bottle, the nipple was too big for his mouth. It was off to the feed store for a smaller goat nipple. And that was just the ticket. He drank a healthy amount of colostrum considering his size; that was when we started to think he had a chance.

The heifer was in a small pen in the coral that we use for these kinds of unexpected calving season scenarios.  Shade, fresh food, & water were provided and after his feeding we put Max back with his mother.

For the next week-and-a-half trips were made morning and night to feed Max and try to see if the heifer had any milk. In the beginning, my mom would get about a quarter cup each feeding so we continued to supplement Max with the hopes that his mom would start producing much more milk soon. After all, she wasn’t supposed to calve for another month.

Slowly but surely everything progressed. Max got stronger. His mother’s natural instincts kicked in. Her udder filled out a little bit at a time. And Max drank less and less of the milk he was being fed.

At two weeks old, Max is no longer super wobbly, he bawls and play and kicks like a normal calf and his mother cares for him very intently. We are proud to say that this pair has moved to a larger pasture where he will continue to grow. We will monitor them closely for many weeks to come. And my mom still makes the heifer take Max to the shade every single day.

Sometimes, ranching isn’t easy but lessons are learned and the rewards far outweigh the sweat and tears. For more updates on Max follow my instagram @meetyourbeef or @thebeefboutique . I share updates on my stories often 🙂

 

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Secret Santa Reveal http://meetyourbeef.com/secret-santa-reveal/ http://meetyourbeef.com/secret-santa-reveal/#comments Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:04:27 +0000 http://meetyourbeef.com/?p=2196 Now that things have settled down a little around here, it’s time to get back to some blogging fun! In an effort to connect with more Ag bloggers across the U.S., I participated in the Country Christmas Connection 2016. This unique gift exchange allowed me the opportunity to shop for a fellow blogger all-the-while someone was secretly shopping for me. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE giving gifts and the surprise of not knowing who my gift was coming from was even better! Drum roll please…. My Secret Santa was Taysha Reitzel from Dirt Road Charm. I had yet to meet Taysha in person or on social media so this was the perfect match. As soon as I read the about me section of her...Continue Reading

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Now that things have settled down a little around here, it’s time to get back to some blogging fun! In an effort to connect with more Ag bloggers across the U.S., I participated in the Country Christmas Connection 2016. This unique gift exchange allowed me the opportunity to shop for a fellow blogger all-the-while someone was secretly shopping for me. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE giving gifts and the surprise of not knowing who my gift was coming from was even better!

Drum roll please….

My Secret Santa was Taysha Reitzel from Dirt Road Charm. I had yet to meet Taysha in person or on social media so this was the perfect match. As soon as I read the about me section of her blog: she is an agricultural enthusiast, wife, mother, turquoise lover, and cowboy boot addict, I knew we were destined to be friends! I’d encourage you all to check out her blog. She shares mom hacks, her life involving agriculture, and other fun musings.

The gifts the she sent were perfection! Coffee, cookies, and jewelry?! Can’t go wrong with those. The coffee was from Red Rambler Coffees and let me tell ya, just sitting on the counter, those grounds made my whole house smell delightful! … And then I made a pot. Holy deliciousness. They definitely named this one correctly. French Toast flavored coffee? I was in Heaven. Also included were a bag or assorted cookies from Cookies On Demand. We won’t mention how many mornings I dunked the cookies into that cup of coffee. Our secret 🙂

And last but not least, my favorite part was the silver-tassle-bangle that she sent from a boutique near her. I love simple, understated jewelry and this piece fits my style to a T. Thanks Taysha!

I’m so excited to have made a new connection in the blogging/Ag world and especially through such a fun experience. I’d encourage you all to follow Taysha on FB here, on Instagram @taysha_r, or on Twitter @dirtroadcharm.

Did any of you participate in a secret gift exchange this year? If so what did you give/get? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

XX,

Brooke

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Twins or Problem Children? http://meetyourbeef.com/problem-children/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:45:47 +0000 http://meetyourbeef.com/?p=1919 Making a difference… There’s no better feeling. For these two calves, life would not have sustained without human intervention. These twins were born on the ranch about two months ago with what we call “contracted tendons” (I blogged about this topic previously here). A calf with contacted tendons cannot stand and therefore cannot nurse (problem #1 and #2) which as we all know is vitally important to survival. We brought these two calves and their mother into the corral and began the process of fitting their splints to straighten out their legs. A few adjustments to height and length of the padding and the PVC and these twins were ready to roll. To ensure that the calves received necessary colostrum, we quietly loaded their mother...Continue Reading

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Making a difference… There’s no better feeling.

For these two calves, life would not have sustained without human intervention. These twins were born on the ranch about two months ago with what we call “contracted tendons” (I blogged about this topic previously here).

A calf with contacted tendons cannot stand and therefore cannot nurse (problem #1 and #2) which as we all know is vitally important to survival. We brought these two calves and their mother into the corral and began the process of fitting their splints to straighten out their legs. A few adjustments to height and length of the padding and the PVC and these twins were ready to roll.

To ensure that the calves received necessary colostrum, we quietly loaded their mother into the chute and pointed them towards the liquid gold. Below is the whole reason I wrote this blog post. Get ready.

Was that not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? I mean, they were nursing at the same time! Heart. Melted. Back to the point… Success! You can’t tell but obviously us humans were stoked. Having to teach calves how to nurse is NOT fun so when they latched on right away we knew they were one step closer to not needing our help.

After a careful assessment, my Mom decided to let this cow raise both twins. This particular cow has been around awhile and her resume proves she is fully capable. We kept her up close and supplemented her nutrition with alfalfa.

Fast forward about six weeks and there was more drama with these two. My Mom noticed one of the twins eyes watering heavily and for a second time she knew we had to intervene (problem#3). Back to the corral they went.

We found a foxtail embedded below the one twins lower eyelid that we were able to quickly remove. We treated the injury for infection and this calf was back with his mother and brother in a matter of minutes.

I’m happy to report that today I saw these three and they are thriving. Thanks to a careful watch and the ability to judiciously use antibiotics these calves are alive today.

P.S. Day old calves are stronger than you think. These dudes gave me a run for my money.

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Cow Pie Cake http://meetyourbeef.com/cowpiecake/ Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:37:21 +0000 http://meetyourbeef.com/?p=1842 It’s been a while. Things happened. I moved, got married, and no, I’m not pregnant. Fall has started here in Idaho and we’re headed to a friend’s house for dinner, so I figured crock-pot dessert sounded perfect. This is one of my grandma’s recipes… technically. Ok, maybe she just gave me the cookbook, but it sounds way more cool when I say it’s her recipe. I’ll do you proud g-ma 🙂 Fudge and Cream Pudding Cake, what could go wrong? You’re supposed to smear 2 T of unsalted butter in the bottom and sides of the crock pot, but after about ½ T was gone, I could smear no more so I just put the rest in the bottom. I started to blend my dry...Continue Reading

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It’s been a while. Things happened. I moved, got married, and no, I’m not pregnant.

Fall has started here in Idaho and we’re headed to a friend’s house for dinner, so I figured crock-pot dessert sounded perfect. This is one of my grandma’s recipes… technically. Ok, maybe she just gave me the cookbook, but it sounds way more cool when I say it’s her recipe. I’ll do you proud g-ma 🙂

Fudge and Cream Pudding Cake, what could go wrong? You’re supposed to smear 2 T of unsalted butter in the bottom and sides of the crock pot, but after about ½ T was gone, I could smear no more so I just put the rest in the bottom. I started to blend my dry ingredients and got goosebumps at the thought I would be eating cake in less than 5 hours (unless we drink too much wine, then it will be tomorrow).

Add your wet ingredients, one of which is ‘light cream’. Crock-pot’s idea of putting me on a diet. Once they’re mixed, the recipe says to ‘pour’ the batter into the crock-pot, it’s more of a ‘dump’. The visual that puts in your head is rather accurate. See below and yes, that’s the butter I ‘smeared’.

Now mix your sauce and add that on top. It looks so much more appetizing now. Put her to sleep on high for 2 hours and open your bottle of wine.

For the record. This turned out to resemble more of a cake than a cow pie.

Xoxo,

Jane

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A Smokin’ Independence Day http://meetyourbeef.com/smokin-independence/ Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:14:22 +0000 http://meetyourbeef.com/?p=1399 This post is sponsored by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in conjunction with the O SAY CAN YOU SEAR giveaway. I received a free sample of the product featured for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. Independence Day. America’s holiday where people get together, likely around a BBQ, to celebrate. Since Mr. Meet Your Beef and I bought a house in town a couple years ago, it has become a great place to host this holiday. We obviously can’t light fireworks anywhere near the ranches for fear of a grass fire. Plus, that would immediately turn you into the black sheep of the family with jail time to serve! But, in town, we had a smokin’ good time! This year,...Continue Reading

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This post is sponsored by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in conjunction with the O SAY CAN YOU SEAR giveaway. I received a free sample of the product featured for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.


Independence Day. America’s holiday where people get together, likely around a BBQ, to celebrate. Since Mr. Meet Your Beef and I bought a house in town a couple years ago, it has become a great place to host this holiday. We obviously can’t light fireworks anywhere near the ranches for fear of a grass fire. Plus, that would immediately turn you into the black sheep of the family with jail time to serve! But, in town, we had a smokin’ good time!

This year, thanks to the generous people at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting and Coyote Outdoor Living, we were able to do something a little different than your typical BBQ.

Insert the Coyote Asado Smoker! Is this thing shiny, or what?!

This 4th of July was the maiden voyage for our Asado smoker. I did what any other millennial looking for a good recipe would do… thank you Pinterest! We decided that a three pound Dot Seven (home grown) beef brisket wasn’t enough for about fifteen people so we threw on a whole chicken as well.

I put the chicken in a brine for about 6 hours (this seemed to be enough time although most recipes call for 24 hours), made a rub for both the chicken and the brisket, and a homemade mustard sauce that was dee-lish. While I was doing the inside prep-work, Mr. Meet Your Beef was prepping the smoker. Both recipes called for a temperature of 225 degrees.

Pro Tip: Mess with the smoker and get comfortable with controlling the temperature before you plan to feed 15 people! That will just cut out some unnecessary stress. It takes some time to adjust the heat and the one thing we didn’t have much of was: time!

Before we continue… can we all take a moment to notice that Mr. Meet Your Beef is NOT wearing a long-sleeve work shirt? In no way am I trying to compete with America’s birthday here, but this is a really, really big deal!

We smoked the brisket for about 5 hours and the chicken for 3.5. The meat safety freak in me insisted that we use our trusty meat thermometer and it was very helpful in judging the time remaining.

The term “low and slow” most certainly applies to smoking. I may be a tad biased, but I think we put our time to great use! A couple of our favorite lawn games include corn hole (boards appropriately painted for the day) and ladder golf. And believe-you-me there is no lack of competition around here.

Sidebar: remember when I mentioned above about the lack of a long-sleeve work shirt? If you look closely you will understand WHY this is such a big deal. The tan line on Mr. Meet Your Beef’s wrist says it all. Makes me laugh so hard just writing this! Nice form though!

Fast forward a few minutes and we were here. Stuffing our faces. I don’t plan to share the recipes just yet because I want to perfect the brisket before I do that but the flavor and tenderness of this meal was impressive. There was a rich smoky flavor but it surely wasn’t overpowering. I can’t wait to try some other wood chip flavors. Mr. Meet Your Beef and I agree that we already have some improvements in mind for our next smoke-out but we had a blast using our Asado Smoker for the first time. Oh and by the way, the Coyote Asado can also be used as a grill as well. Two birds, one stone (insert goofy, happy dance here!).

We concluded the evening with some serious fireworks and leftover wedding sparklers (these sparklers were legit. They lasted so much longer than your average sparkler; perfect amount of time to get in a few more twirls!).

PS- Did you know you have a chance to win one of these fantastic Asado Smokers!? Click on the O Say Can You Sear ad on the top right column in the blog and get to entering! Good luck 🙂

PSS- This summer, Memorial Day (05/30/16) through Labor Day (09/05/16), Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery customers purchasing a Coyote Asado Smoker (MSRP $999) will receive a free cart with side shelves, a $200 value.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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