December 31, 2008 - 09:02 AM
Peter Drucker gave advice to management of companies
for many years and became the leading consultant in how
companies need to change to survive and thrive. One bit
of advice is also good for all of us that are making
New Year's Resolutions.
"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
I totally believe this and have practiced it all my
life. When I did not things normally did not go as I
expected them to. When we left the corporate world in
late 1998 to return to Daingerfield and build a farm
and ranch business, we developed a business plan with a
set of goals. some were as minor as building fences in
a certain place during a certain time period and others
were more important like moving into agritourism and
building rental log cabins.
Our goals and targets in our plan were our predictions
of what our future would look like. When you visit your
farm, you see what we have created. Are we finished,
probably not. We are digesting what we have developed
now and taking a breath before we stretch out.
Things that may become part of our future include
pasture raised pork, spring grass-fed lamb, cheese
making, some sort of event center with commercial
kitchen to make products using our farm products, and
maybe even space for larger gatherings and weddings.
Like our accomplishments in the past, we will evaluate
each of these based on our resources, the probability
of success (profitable), how they fit with what we are
doing and our customer base, physical time to do them
and a reflection of our age.... do we have time left to
We hope that the resolutions you make for 2009 are ones
that you can create and make your life better for you
and those around you.
Happy New Year
December 18, 2008 - 07:17 AM
The only time I was able to lose weight and keep it off
was when I ate as a cave man did. Grass-fed meats,
fresh fish, and fruits and vegetables that grow
naturally and are not processed. I also cut out dairy
products. I lost the weight I wanted felt great; then I
got off that diet and gained back what I had lost and
then some. I need to start it again after the holiday.
I have no excuse not to do this.
The reason I was reminded of this is a recent article
on primal eating. It
is an excellent piece of information on how to eat
We are farmers and ranchers that sell grass-fed beef,
fruit, vegetables and berries and hope to have
grass-fed pork next year. What you buy from us is not
processed food and is healthy for you. I really enjoy
getting feed-back from our customers that say our
blueberries are the best tasting they have ever had and
someone this week said they had forgot what real beef
It is months early to come to the farm and get fruit,
berries and vegetables, and beef has to be pre-ordered.
It is not too early to think about pre-ordering beef as
it becomes available. Information is available on our
We have a number of split quarters not already sold. We
are trying to reduce the cost by offering 1/8th of a
quarter of split beef by matching those interested in
this. This reduces the amount of beef you get to about
60-75 pounds and cuts your investment in good beef in
December 08, 2008 - 09:23 PM
A rancher's bread and butter is the success of the
calving season. We had a good year despite losing two
full-term heifers for no obvious reasons. The number of
bulls slightly outnumber the number of heifers. It is a
real joy to visit our cattle herd and see all the
little calves running, playing and getting a milk shake
from their mom. We had one calf born whose legs were
straight out and it could not walk. I figured we would
have to put it down, but our wonderful vet gave it a
few shots and we followed it up with more (vitamin b),
hand held the calf under its mom to nurse, and gave it
a lot of TLC in a barn stall. After a few days, she was
up on swaying legs and in a few weeks she and mom were
back with the herd.
We are now planning our next fall calf crop. Over
Thanksgiving, when our boys were home, we separated the
females into two groups. Having semen tested two herd
bulls, we are now positioned to place a bull with each
group around December 20. With any luck, we will have
our first calf near the end of September 2009 and the
last shortly after Thanksgiving.
Over the next months we will evaluate our young bulls
to determine which will stay a bull and which will
become a beef producing steer. The females will also be
evaluated to see if they fit in the design box we have
for breeding cattle. Our herd size is approaching the
point where we will have to sell more and more cattle
each year. We have only a given amount of grass. With
rotation and planting both supplemental winter and
summer forage, we can handle a pretty good size herd.
The tough economic times the country is facing has
derailed our plans to sell our 2007 steers on the East
Coast to be finished on grass there for that market. We
look at this as an opportunity as it lets of take a
second look at farm finished beef sold in our own
market. You will probably hear more about that later in
December 08, 2008 - 09:07 PM
If you wondered where why there have been no recent
blogs since mid-November we have been very busy and our
family has expanded.
December 6 Timothy Daniel Walters was born to our
daughter Amy and her husband Jon. He arrived a bit
early and is still in NICVU, but we expect he will be
home with his parents in a week. He weighed 6 lbs. 3
November 13 Javier Sidney Del Angel Bautista was born
to Javier (our 3rd son) and his wife Jovita. He was 8
lbs. 7 oz.
Timothy and Sidney are great additions to our clan.
We expect another grandchild in June 2009.