Our first venture into raising pasture fed Black Angus was a success in terms of the quality and quantity of the beef we produced and our ability to sell it. We have someone driving over to pick up a quarter this afternoon which leaves one more that we plan to sell. Two of our customers asked to be notified when we were down to the last quarter; so that one might be gone soon, too. **BEEF IS GONE UNTIL THE NEXT TWO STEERS ARE GROWN** The beef is so tasty that we are keeping a side all for ourselves. Many people have asked when we will have beef for sale again. First we have to finish "crunching all the numbers" to determine if we made any kind of profit from it. If we did, we will raise more. Because we are such a small farm and we don't want to put too much pressure on our pastures, we can only raise two or three steers at a time. That means it will be another 18 months before we would have beef for sale again. We are also considering raising meat goats. Please let us know if you would be interested in goat meat.
Our beef and honey customers usually come to the farm to pick up their orders and so many of them say "we want to do what you are doing" and "you are living an idyllic life" and "it would be fun to have a few cows, chickens, and horses". My husband and I DO think we are living "an idyllic life" on a little farm just like one of those highlighted in Mother Earth News magazine. But before you get your chickens and try to do this for yourselves, I urge you to spend some time visiting with some folks who are already doing it. It's a great life, but there is more work to it than most people realize. Remember, a farm is not a part-time effort; it is something you have to tend to every single day.