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GrassRoots Meats Newsletter  May 2015

The Ranch Is OURS!
Arboles Ranch 2 Some of you may not have realized that we were leasing the ranch in Arboles, but as of April 15th, we are the very happy owners of the most beautiful ranch in Arboles! 

Okay, that may be up for discussion among some of our neighbors, but we could not be happier and can finally say, "The ranch is ours!"

We did a 1031 exchange for a commercial piece of property that we owned in Pagosa, so the ranch is not only ours, it is free and clear of a mortgage.  Hallelujah! 

Babies, Babies Everywhere
April has been an exciting month at the ranch, with baby calves being born almost daily. We are calved out here in Arboles, but lots still being born down in Oklahoma/Texas.

Some look just like mama

Some not so much

They get busy nursing right away - kind of amazing!

They are on pretty shaky legs when they first get up. 

This one has the MOST interesting face of all the calves.

Mama can get pretty upset when it's time to milk and baby is off somewhere. 

And don't try to separate mama from baby - she will let you know right away that that is not going to work!
The Hard Work Begins! 
The irrigation water is on and the hard work begins. We were blessed the third week of April with a couple of days of rain, off and on. Last year I don't think we had a drop of rain in April, which was pretty unusual. Getting that rain and the irrigation water at the same time will help the grass in so many ways. We are looking forward to a good summer.

We leased another 175 acres here in Arboles, which is a wonderful asset since it is directly across the road from our ranch. It means more irrigating, which is already a challenge, but will help so much for wintering the animals that we keep here at the ranch.

For a few weeks now Allan and crew have been burning the weeds and overgrowth in the irrigation ditches, as well as burning off some of the pastures, when the winds died down enough to be able to do it. It is challenging when you burn, trying to keep it all under control. We had our moments, but in the end no disasters. Thank God!

Burning off the pastures allows the fresh new growth to thrive. Amazing how rich the fields look within weeks of a burn. And burning the ditches allows the irrigation water to traverse much easier and more efficiently. It is something that needs to be done every few years. Hopefully by the time you read this newsletter Allan will be finished with all the burning.

Digging out the Pond at the Headgate

A few years ago a sediment pond was put in at our irrigation head gate, but last year it silted in, so we had to dig it out. Thankfully we won't have to do this every year.

A View From the Porch
 The pasture below the house was just stunning the morning the rains stopped. The sun was coming up and already starting to burn off the mist.  

May Special 

Place any order for $300 or more and receive a FREE PACKAGE of New York Steaks - a $25 value! 

Now that's the way to celebrate!

In Closing . . .   
As we move into May thoughts of planting my summer vegetables begin to dominate my mind. I am going to experiment with container gardening this year - will keep you posted on that. Please send us pictures of your garden that we can share. 

Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers out there. God bless you for all your hard work and dedication to your family's health and well being. 
Lois & Allan

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