Life on Our Grass Farm

  • This Week on the Ranch: Easter Weekend

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    This week on the ranch, it was Easter weekend and everyone gathered at Mark and Patti’s home to spend it together. Plastic eggs filled with M&M’s covered the pasture in front of the house for the Whisnant littles. I was not sure that the little boys would really understand the concept of an egg hunt, but the night before, they discovered

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  • Tis the Season to Grill

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    May is National Barbecue Month and tis the season to grill!  The sizzle, the smoke, the wonderful aroma of meat on a grill makes being outside a celebration and is the perfect kick off for summer. Standing around a fire with friends and family as you cook supper provides a convivial atmosphere and a lifetime of memories. Remember the grilled short

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  • Welcome to Rain Crow Ranch

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      We love to have folks visit us at the ranch and do all we can to welcome them.  It is a family tradition to have guests come in the gate as strangers and leave as friends.  For years we have hosted friends, family, customers, auditors and curious.  We have shared our table with people from all walks of life

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  • Watercress at Rain Crow

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      So you say, why is a protein producer writing about green stuff?  Part of the reason I love living on our ranch is the environment.  I love being close to things that grow,  things that amaze me, things that fill me with a sense of wonder.  May I never take one single breath for granted.  It is a spiritual journey

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  • Starting Seeds for Family Garden

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    Family Farms are about Good Food At Rain Crow Ranch we love good food!  Yes, we are very proud to raise the highest quality and healthiest protein on the planet.  However, man does not live by beef, pork and chicken alone.  Even when our ancestors were hunter / gatherers people ate what was available and seasonal. Though our farm does not sell any fruits and

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  • Farmers Wear Different Hats

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    Family farms such as our Rain Crow Ranch allow for plenty of variety in your job description. As a grassfarmer we nurture the soil so it can produce better grass. We promote the grass growth for the maximum quality and yield while using sustainable practices. Our cattle harvest our grass crop without having to use the first drop of fossil

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  • Flooding Again

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    I am sure that by July I will be praying for rain but right now that is hard to imagine.We have received 18 inches of rain up until last week.This is very high for our area and since most of it has already caused major flooding.The Current River reached an all time high when it crested two weeks ago.Though the

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  • Elk Shedding Antlers

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    We share our farm with an abundance of wildlife and we feel blessed to do so.This includes whitetail deer,elk,Eastern wild turkey,beavers, ground hogs,red tail hawks,the occasional eagle, coyotes, fox, raccoon,etc. We consider these animals a wonderful natural resource and we are passionate about their conservation.The balance of co-habitation simply works.With ourselves as stewards we see our role as managers of

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  • Storms and Flooding

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    Huge storms moved through our area dumping about 12 inches of rain in about a 30 hr period and leaving in their aftermath flooding. Southern Missouri is feeling the beginning twinges of spring and we frankly expect the rain, and the occasional river or creek out of its bank.  It comes with the region.  Yet, what happened over the last

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  • Green Grass and Wet Weather

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    There cannot be any prettier color in the world than green,to a grassfarmer that is! As the dull colors of winter give way to the signs of spring we delight to see the event we call the green up.When our range pastures start the turn to green we feel a new birth,a re-creation of a new growing year. This early

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  • Kids and Calves Go Together

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    Living on a farm has afforded our six kids ample opportunity to participate in raising animals. It is a chore and a pleasure I would love to give to each child whether from a farm or the city. The life lessons to be learned are important as a kid takes on the full responsibility of a creature being totally dependent

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  • Our Farm Neighbor Adrian

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    We had dinner with our dear neighbor.Adrian is our neighbor who adjoins us on the west.Over the years he has become part of our family.The cause of the celebration was his eigty-third birthday. However, he explains that he is going to start over at 80 and go backwards. Adrian’s roots in the small area known as Poynor, Missouri run long

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  • A Family Farm Touchstone

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    There are places in the world to which we return in body or spirit whenever we need rest, renewal and enlightenment. It is there that we are able to set down our burdens and find rest; it is there that we can drink deeply from a fountain of strength, and it is there that I personally can hear and see

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  • Colostrum for Grass-fed Beef Calves

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    Every spring we are privileged to experience the unique joy of calving season.I say privileged because I do not know of any greater rejuvenation of soul and spirit than seeing a newborn calf lying on the pasture and its mother doling out affection as she licks it clean.  Seeing a calf rise for the first time on wobbly legs and

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  • Our Family’s Jersey Milk Cows

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    We always keep a couple of milk cows on the farm.These are usually Jersey since I guess that is my favorite breed. our milk cows are more or less like pets and of course have special names.Over the years we have had Elsie,Sour Cream,Jasmine,and currently have Buttermilk.Buttermilk calved yesterday and it is always a special treat when one of these

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