NEWSLETTER July 2023
Angus & Wagyu Cattle
We have been raising Angus cows for the last 4 years and enjoy their flavorful, tender meat. This year we decided to shake it up a bit by adding a F1 Wagyu bull calf to our small herd. He is a 75% wagyu & 25% angus cross. We also purchased a F2 Wagyu bull calf, he is a 50% wagyu & 50% Brangus. We castrated him and he is going to be one of our beef offerings soon. We purchased our F1 & F2 Wagyu from our friends at Foleys Ranch in Brownwood, Texas.
Our Cattle Are:
• Grass Fed and naturally raised with on additives to their feed for fast growth.
• Has a high proportion of unsaturated fatty acid; especially oleic acid.
• Well cared for and often hand fed, have fresh cool water and lots of shade tree
During August Mr. Cook and I typically take a few days off and go out of town, this year will be no different except that we will not be delivering our Protein Packs during those weeks that we will be off. I am giving my customers several options for getting their protein packs the weeks prior and or the weeks after our time away. Mr. Cook and I have a farm conference that we will be attending, along with visiting family and relaxing in our travel trailer. I always said that when I retire, I want to go somewhere cool in the summer and warm in the winter, (like being a winter Texan), except I’m not sure where we could go to be cool this Summer. Have a great August and stay safe!
Brown vs. White Eggs: Is there really a difference between brown eggs and white eggs; especially when brown eggs cost more? In store packaging cartons are white eggs or brown eggs, these colors are distinctively different. Some people seem to believe that brown eggs are the healthier choice of eggs. This belief may be due to the higher cost, but brown eggs are more expensive than white eggs because the breed of hens cost more money to feed to produce that brown egg. These hens require more energy to lay their eggs and in turn, they will eat more feed. This cost is passed to the consumer in the price of the product. The chicken breed and genetics determine egg color. Though these eggs are different in color there is no difference in nutritional value. At CD&J Mini Ranch we raise free range Rhode Island Red hens for their big beautiful brown eggs and a few White leghorn hens for their white eggs. We also raise Breese hens and if you get a medium egg that is a cream color, that is our American Breese eggs.
Spicy Deviled Eggs 6 hard-boiled eggs ¼ cup mayo 2 Tbs pickled jalapeno (minced) 1 Tbs prepared mustard ¼ tsp ground cumin 1/8 tsp salt Garnish w chili powder Hard boil your eggs, while boiling, mix all your ingredients together and put them in the refrigerator. Once eggs are boiled, peeled, and cooled, cut eggs in half and add egg yolk to the mayo mixture. Mix well, then add your mayo mixture into the hole of the egg white that yolk had been in. Garnish with chili powder.
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NEWSLETTER June 2023
Governor Abbott passes Texas SB 691 “A Win for Local Meat!!!”
Texas SB 691 is a bill proposed to help local farmers have better access to slaughterhouses with less commute and wait time and help consumers get local meat without a hassle.
Texas SB 691:
Expanding options for small farmers and local meat consumers in Texas. Federal laws state that meat from cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, and poultry can only be sold in an inspected slaughterhouse. To meet USDA standards slaughterhouses must always have a HACCP Plan and an inspector onsite during the processing. Because of these regulations and costs, small farmers in Texas have few slaughterhouses that meet their needs. Small farmers usually have a long waiting period to get their animals processed or must make long trips to reach a slaughterhouse, increasing their costs.
A solution to this is farmers using custom slaughterhouses. These are DSHS licensed and inspected slaughterhouses typically used for hunters and homesteaders. These allow for farmers to sell shares of their live animals to their consumers. The slaughterhouse will then process the animal and distribute the meat to the owners; however, the consumer must buy ½ or ¼ of the animal at a time, the cost of that amount is sometimes a challenge for consumers. Texas SB 691 is hoping to change that. Modeled from laws in several other states, SB 691 wants to allow consumers to be able to buy their share in any amount of an animal, making it better cost effective for local farmers, and making local meat more affordable and accessible to consumers!
Quick Cucumber and Red Onion Pickled Salad
1 large red onion, sliced very thinly
2 large cucumbers, peeled and cut into quarter-inch slices
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 c. loosely packed fresh dill
3 TBSP rice wine vinegar
Mix the onion and cucumber slices in a large bowl, then sprinkle with the remaining ingredients except for the dill. Toss the salad thoroughly, then chill it in the refrigerator for half an hour. Prior to serving, sprinkle the dill over the salad, and toss it again.
This Month Lets Learn More About Our Chickens!
This Month lets Learn About Our Chickens!!
Here on the farm, we raise American Breese and Cornish Cross chickens for meat. These birds are more efficient for meat because they are fast-growing; taking less time and feed to get to consumption size.
American Breese: These chickens originated in France and first came to the US in 2011. With a bright red comb, white body, and blue legs, this chicken resembles the French flag. American Breese chickens are in high demand for their unique marbled meat that has a taste like no other.
Cornish Cross: This breed of chicken are white birds with red combs and yellow legs. They are a fast-growing breed but require special feeding. Our hens can grow up to 4 lbs in just 8 weeks! They are very sought after for their efficient growth rate, broad breast, and tender meat!
This month we are featuring our NEW protein pack!
Beef and Chicken Protein Pack -Consists of 64 pounds of Protein. 2 lbs of Ground Beef, 3 lbs. of Beef Cuts, 1 Chicken at 3 to 4 lbs. each, and 1 dozen eggs for a total of 16 lbs. of Ground Beef, 24 lbs. of Beef steaks, ribs, cutlets, shanks, etc., 8 Chickens and 8 dozen eggs. $575 in full or $71.87/bi-weekly.
You can find most of our Protein Packs and other items that we sell through our stores below. If you cannot find something, please text, call or email me for additional information.
For the lower Valley area (choice of 6 delivery locations & more added soon): https://app.food4all.com/#/widget/Ty4z3pas
Edinburg and McAllen area (choice of 10 delivery locations): Sentli Center for Regenerative Agriculture (localfoodmarketplace.com)
You will need to create an account. Here is also where you can get your seasonal vegetables. I am working with each area farmer to provide vegetables to the lower valley locations, so please check with me prior to ordering vegetables, breads, milk, cheese, etc., if you want me to deliver them with your Protein Packs.
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