One of the advantages to Country Natural Beef is that ranchers can fit their production to the environment. As ranchers spread across the western U.S. we operate in many different climates and therefore, different forage availability. For our ranch it is ideal to calve primarily in April before we turn out to the mountain pasture in May. Other ranchers in more mild climates will calve early in the year, while others calve out on range during the summer. The individual ranchers decide what is best for both the cattle and land on their particular ranch. As a coop we can support each other to make these type of environment based decisions rather than the dictates of commodity market timing.
That is all rather high minded when the pressing concern, and ultimate pleasure, for our cows is being fed in the morning. From their various bedding spots in the meadow they collect as first light appears in anticipation for that John Deere tractor to appear from the barnyard. As I untie the first bale they press in to the sweet smell of grasses and clovers that are reminders of the verdant green that was underfoot just months ago and the promise that it will come again.
5th Generation Rancher