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GrassRoots Meats Newsletter February 2012
In this issue...
-- Winter in Arboles
-- Internet Amusement
-- New Puppies
-- Cow Shares
-- Meat Shortages
-- Albuquerque & Denver Delivery
-- In Closing ...

Winter in Arboles
Winter Grazing in Arboles It has been a mild winter so far in our area. Thought you might like to see a picture of the sheep and cattle grazing together on the ranch in Arboles. Allan and Dusty are about to begin an extensive fencing and water project on the ranch, in conjuntion with the local NRCS office (Natural Resources Conservation Service). The ranch has irrigation water coming into it but has not been operating at maximum efficiency, and Allan is looking forward to getting the pastures into better grass.

The chickens are growing at an almost amazing rate and will very soon be laying eggs. Yahoo. We decided that fall was probably not the best time to be ordering chicks. Keeping them warm through the winter has been somewhat costly. However, we will be ready to rock and roll as soon as they are old enough and the weather turns a bit warmer.

Internet Amusement
Allan's brother recently emailed him some "Thoughts for the New Year." A few are worth sharing. Hope they tickle your funny bone.

1. I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes. 2. Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. 3. Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

New Puppies
New 2012 Puppies We were surprised to find out a few weeks ago that our female border collie, Lilo, was not only pregnant but due any day. Two days later she blessed us with 5 new puppies, 4 female and 1 male. She did a great job birthing them and has been a good mother.

Allan was surprised not only because he keeps the male and female separated but also because in the past our females did not get pregnant easily. He put the dogs together one day while we were moving out of our home and tearing down their kennels, and now we have pups! Lilo and Stitch are both registered and come from really good stock so if you or anyone you know are interested in a great border collie be sure to give us a call.

Cow Shares
I am working on a program that will allow GrassRoots Meats to offer you "Cow Shares" and I would like to find out if it is something you might be interested in. For an investment of $1000 you would receive a share in a cow, and in return for your share you would receive $275 credit towards beef purchases each year for a total of 6 years. This is a total value of $1650 for your $1000 investment, a little more than a 10% return each year on your money. Depending on your annual meat requirements you might want to purchase multiple Cow Shares.

We intend to hire an attorney to draw up the Cow Share paperwork. Please, if you think you might be interested, drop me a line. No commitment at this point, just an encouragement for me to continue on with this idea. Thanks.

Meat Shortages
GrassRoots is growing at a rate that truly amazes us, but in reality causes lots of problems. We are finding ourselves out of certain cuts of meat and are always running low on the ground beef. We deeply apologize for this and are doing what we can to remedy the situation. While we have planned for a reasonable amount of growth, we never expected to grow at the rate we are and it is quite the challenge to keep up. Please bear with us as we work through our growing pains.

You will notice on our website that most of the beef packages, as well as the wholes, halves and quarters, are flagged as "unavailable to ship until March 5th." This is because we are out of New Yorks and Ribeyes, and running low on the Ground Beef. Our processor is extremely busy as well and mid February was the soonest processing date we could get. All orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so place your orders for March shipment as soon as possible. Thanks.

Albuquerque & Denver Delivery
Our daughter Lisa will be heading for Albuquerque on February 17th and can deliver orders along the way, and I will be headed to Denver on February 23rd and will also be making deliveries.

The cost is $.75 per pound, with a minimum of $25. Be sure to let us know when you place your order that you would like delivery to either Denver or Albuquerque.

In Closing ...
By the time you get this newsletter Allan and I will be in Houston, Texas, visiting Allan's 84 year old mom, as well as his sister and niece. We will also be traveling to Rockport, Texas, to see his brother and hopefully do some fishing. Angela, Lisa and Dusty will be holding down the fort. What a blessing! And we thank God for you also. Hope you are spending Valentine's Day with a loved one.

Lois, Allan, Lisa, Dusty, & Angela

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