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Pasture Heavy Use Area Protection Project

Heavy Use Area Blog

What is a Heavy Use Area? Well let me share; it is the area that gets walked on, driven on, played on the most in the pasture by animals, humans, trucks, and tractors.  Our heavy use area is not only qualifies as all of the above,  but; it is an area where rain collects during any heavy down pours,  during the freezing/thawing time of year which creates big issues because it gets really mushy in that space.

So how do you fix that? Let me share how we did it, some things we are learning to help you in the event you too, need to make some changes or adjustments to your heavy use area.

There were going to be multiple blogs to this topic since we have multiple stages of development. But we actually finished it while in the process of writing this so you will get the whole picture.

One stage is to divert as much rain water as possible and that update will come in the future.   The phase we are working on has to deal with making the ground stronger.  We are doing a 2400 square foot area, well, maybe a bit more.  It is about 32’x85’.   After scraping out all the loose soil, weeds, grass and whatever else might have been down there,  we laid out and staked in place an 8oz Geo Textile that we picked up from CMA Supply or currently known as Carter Waters.  They are located in Fort Wayne. I have to laugh, even though it is 8oz fabric,  I thought it would be really heavy since it is a roll 15 feet by 300 feet.  Yes, it sounds huge!  However, it fit nicely on [...]

Bison Meat or Bison Herd Expansion

Bison Meat or Bison Expansion

 

In the next couple of months we need to decide what we will to do with the 2 calves that were born to us in 2016 as well as how many heifers to add as we grow. Do we process the 2 yearlings from 2016 or do we keep them in the herd and bring in fewer new heifers? In our efforts to decide we take time to meet other ranchers, discuss their processes for growing their herd and selling their meat products. Today, as part of our research in finding a butcher to slaughter our calves, if this is the route we take, we visited a farmer’s market in the area and connected with one of our fellow bison ranchers. They process their animals at two separate processing locations.  Does meat being processed taste differently from one processor than another, how does the meat taste after packaging and being frozen.  Please email, text or Facebook message us on your experience with purchasing, preparing, and eating Bison.  Here is a recipe for you to try and then to share. We hope enjoy this wonderful, lean meat!

 

1 1/2 lbs.            ground bison

2 Tbs.   good quality Dijon mustard

2 Tbs.   roasted & chopped shallots & garlic

2 red onions sliced

balsamic vinegar

2 bulbs fennel sliced

1 tsp.    Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce

splash  extra virgin olive oil

                kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste

                good quality blue cheese or Roquefort

 

Combine all ingredients and form 6 patties adding approximately 1
teaspoon of blue cheese into the center of each patty.   Grill to order. Serve with rosemary roasted potatoes and homemade coleslaw.  Serves 6

 

Garnish

2 sliced red onions drizzled with extra virgin olive oil & balsamic vinegar.  Grill until [...]

1ST BBQ Bison and Beer Fest

We are pleased to announce the 1st BBQ Bison and Beer Fest! The event is planned for Saturday, July 11, 2015. There will be great BBQ Bison, craft beer and wine, live entertainment and you’ll get to meet the herd. We will post updates for ticket availability.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 11, 2015! We want to see all of our friends come out to enjoy an evening of great food and great fun!!

Fantastic Time in Missouri

We returned from the Missouri Bison Association conference just this past Sunday. It was a great conference with very informative seminars, but not only were the seminars good, the chance to meet other ranchers and tour working facilities was priceless. The MoBA (Missouri Bison Association) folks welcomed us like old friends. I look forward to meeting up with the MoBA folks again in the future.

One thing that is consistent across the Bison industry is how great other ranchers are in helping new and developing ranchers succeed in this industry. We can’t say enough how much we appreciate the stories of tried/failed and tried/succeeded practices each rancher has shared with us on this magnificent journey.