Saturday

Summer 2010 Beef

We are in the big middle of thining our herd due to the approaching heat and lack of grasses....
I just got back from the butcher with our first beef for the summer and it looks like this:

On average a quarter contains the following packages (hamburger/breakfast sausage are 1pound each, Round Steaks are between2.5-3 pounds; Sirloins 2-2.5 pounds, Roasts 3 pounds)

Round Steaks 4

Sirloin Steaks 5
T-Bone Steaks 4
Seven Steaks 2
Rib Steaks 2
1# pkgs ground beef 18
Pkg Stew Meat 2
NY Strip 2
Arm Roast 1
Rump Roast 1
Pikes Peak Roast 1
Chuck Roast 1
Tenderloin, Flank,  or Skirt
Short Ribs for BBQ 2


Soup Bones 2
Breakfast Sausage 4

 
This cow dressed out at 506 pounds...our price for this summer $3.50 per pound.
Half cow = $885
Quarter = $442
 
I will try to make eigths available upon request.
 
Please Note:    Hamburger and sausage alone will be picked up in two weeks and will be  available for $4 per pound, in packages of 10 pounds.
 
Email me at texczech@yahoo.com because I only czech this  blog out when I write!  Thanks....Stacy

Sunday


Calf this spring

We have new weather forecasting equipment at the farm.


This Month

This year, our young calves have very long hair. When you're with them on a windy day, it blows in the wind. It reminds me of the Highland Breeds I've seen with very long shaggy hair for the cold climate. I've enjoyed watching them grow fat this season with their new doo and 'bangs' around their fuzzy faces. They knew the cold was coming.

David has been out each morning, checking on the water sources. The lease in Temple has someone that lives on site, and she is available to let us know if there is a problem with anything ~ a true blessing.

On Thursday, before the freeze, the lease in Nolanville already had a huge leak. There was a break in the main water line that goes to the trough ~ something the cows did. David called me just sick. You see, his mom had just had a huge leak at her home in West, and we were worried about the bill from that...and now we have this leak that made a nice 'pond' of water in the field. I reassured him that I'd received the bill from his mom's and it wasn't much more than her summer bills, plus not to worry that water was our smallest utility. We'll pay it when it comes in. Because this line is busted, he turned the water off at the meter. He has gone out each morning since, to fill the troughs and break up any ice. It's been a small challenge and we're thankful to be in Texas and that this freeze is only lasting the weekend.

Monday

Finally...a smaller Package

For the first time, we are offering a small package: An Eighth.

These are the cuts we will expect from a typical 450* pound carcass...
After we bring it home and inventory the cuts, then devide into eighths:

EIGHTH PACKAGE A

Round Steaks 2 pkgs
Rib Steaks 1 pkg
Sirloin 1 pkg
1 Soup Bone pkg
Short Ribs 1 pkg
New York Strip 1
T Bone 1
Hamburger 3 pkgs
Breakfast Sausage 2 pkgs

1 pkg Chili
1 Arm Roast
1 Chuck Roast
1 Seven Steak
1 Sirloin
1 extra pkg hamburger

EIGHTH PACKAGE B

Round Steaks 2 pkgs
Rib Steaks 1 pkg
Sirloin 1 pkg
1 Soup Bone pkg
Short Ribs 1 pkg
New York Strip 1
T Bone 1
Hamburger 3 pkgs
Breakfast Sausage 2 pkgs

1 Pkg Stew
1 Rump Roast
1 Pike Peak Roast
1 Brisket
NewYork Strip and T-Bone
1 extra package Breakfast Sausage

The cost for this carcass, 450 pounds, at $4.00 per pound (Eighth Price) would be $1800.00 / 8 = $225 total for the Eighth. This will fill a refrigerator freezer and we will only need one full sized cooler to transport in.


**Please note, that this is a very large animal. 400 pounds is our normal goal, but everything depends on the specific animal, season, water etc.

What's in a Quarter?

Following is what we expect from a typical 450* pound carcass...
After we bring it home and inventory the cuts, then devide into fourths:


Round Steaks 4 pkgs
Chili 1 pkg
Rib Steaks 2 pkgs
Sirloin 3 pkgs
Pikes Roast 1 pkg
Rump Roast 1 pkg
Arm Roast 1 pkg
Chuck Roast 1 pkg
2 Soup Bone pkgs
Seven Steak 1 pkg
Short Ribs 2 pkgs
Brisket 1 pkg
Stew Meat 1 pkg
New York Strip 3 pkgs
T Bone 3 pkgs
Hamburger 7 pkgs
Breakfast Sausage 5 pkgs

The cost for this carcass, 450 pounds, at $3.50 per pound (Quarter Price) would be $1575.00 / 4 = $393.75 total for the Quarter. You will need a small freezer, close to 9 cubic feet; and we will transfer it in two or three regular sized ice chests.


**Please note, that this is a very large animal. 400 pounds is our normal goal, but everything depends on the specific animal, season, water etc.

Thursday

Beef Prices 2010

Our beef is processed and USDA inspected in Westphalia. Packages of stew, roast, and steaks are vacuum wrapped in clear plastic.  Hamburger is packaged similar to the 'logs' of beef you purchase at grocery store, in one pound packages.  Soup bones are packaged in butcher paper.

At this time, our most popular package is by the quarter.  I personally make an inventory of each steer and then divide it's meat evenly into fourths.

In the past we have not offered smaller packages, due to the fact that they can not be divided evenly. However, we are now offering eighths to our customers.

Prices for 2010
Hole Carcass: $3.00 per pound, hanging weight
Half Steer: $3.00 per pound,hanging weight
Quarter: $3.50 per pound, hanging weight
Eighth: $4.00 per pound,hanging weight

You only pay the per pound fee, I cover the processing fee.

The average carcass weighs in at 400pounds...so the average prices would be: Whole $1200; Half $600; Quarter $350; Eighth $200.


When hamburger is available separately, we offer it for $4.00 per pound.

Wednesday

Our Story

We are the Dobecka Family...
Our farm is located in southern Bell County, near the little community of Florence. In 2001, David's parents retired from their farming life in West, Texas. Robert & Lydia sold their land and cattle and moved to town. Before they did, they gave us three fine ladies. We started off with two huge red limousin mammas and one of their little girl calves. They became: Horny Momma, Big Red, and Little Britches. We still have them and they run this farm! Little Britches is just Britches now, because she's not so little anymore, and because she's the boss!

When they arrived at our place, we only had ten acres to play with and these Red Women became our beloved pets. Our herd has grown some since then and our goal is to some day run an operation of atleast sixty mommas. The acreage around our home has become available for us to graze. We also lease other lands in Bell County and are looking for land close to home at this time. Of course our big dream is to have land that we are running everyone on at the same time.

We are striving to be a self-supporting family farm that produces quality grass-fed beef. We pride ourselves on letting you know when the calf you buy was born and to whom as well as its history and diet information. Our cattle are never given antibiotics or hormones. They are fed quality hays and are rotated on plantings of rye, oats, and natural Texas grasses. David feeds snacks in the evening to help keep everyone tame and easy to gather together. Everyone hears Daddy's truck and comes running!

Sunday

Queen for a Week

This week has been an amazing week on the farm. We've had cows on our place since 2000. In that time, we've lost one calf as a stillborn; and one a few days old due to lung complications. Not one of our mothers has had trouble giving birth. The little lady that went into labor at Christmas had some complications, but they only lasted a little while, and she still delivered on her own. Well - I've learned a lot this week! While I'm a country girl, I'm a New Farm Girl. David was out of town, staying with his mother, Lydia, while he and his crew worked a roof job in Corsicana. Several times a day, I would walk out to the barn to check on one of our expecting mothers. She is #5. A big red, white rings around her eyes, daughter to Horny Momma. And, she's a five year old HEIFER. It seems that every time we have her with the man of love, she's never in heat and misses her season. We had her palpated a few months back to check if she was pregnant, because David was ready to sale her. We'll she was. This pretty lady has carried a bag around with her all week that looked like a Holstein. Every time I checked on her, she was standing off by herself with this look on her body and face of "Oh Please Just Shoot Me"...any women out there face month 9 in August/September in Texas know what I mean? Anyway, I went out to check on her Thursday morning. She was laid out,and part of the placenta was hanging out of her. I thought she was dead. I ran back in the house and got my phone to call David, and the vet. The vet said it would take them to long to get here if she was in trouble. David called the neighbor, Buck. Buck met me in less than five minutes. By this time, we could see the placenta covered hoofs and face sticking out of her. When we reached down to try to guide it out, it wasn't going! And the water bags broke. Buck went back to his truck for pulling chains and another neighbor, Trevor, came over to help. In less than 5 minutes, they had the chain around the calf and it took both of them to pull it out. I would not have had the strength to do this, and made a note to self to learn how to put that chain to my truck to pull in the future. They got 'him' out real quick and the little guy was wonderful! Bright and alive. They left me with my new surprise and a shocked momma. She set up, but couldn't stand up. She drug her body about 10 yards and plopped under a shade tree. I ran in the house and got one of the kids sheets, wrapped the calf in it, and drug him to her. She was not very intersted. In about two hours, some homeschool friends, Eric & Jacob, came and helped out so much. Eric got the calf standing, we milked the momma and fed it to the little man. But she wasn't moving well. When David finally came that evening, he tried to use straps to get her on her feet. Mistake. Her uterus prolapsed. We called the vet and Dr. White came out to take care of her. It was amazing. She cleaned everything up, gave her an epidural, and pushed the uterus back inside. She also gave her some antibiotics and a vitamin boost IV. That was two days ago. Mommas still not up which just worries David to death. We called the vet and said not to worry too much, they just had a cow that took 5 weeks to get back up. We have her health and allertness, along with the good weather on our side. I'd love to have her in shelter by Tuesday, however, because we're expecting rain. The plan right now is to milk her two to four times a day, then add enough powdered formula to the milk to feed the calf two quarts, twice a day. Our hope is to keep the milk supply going in mom so that when she gets up, she'll be able to nurse. He hasn't got to her laying down yet. I'm going out twice a day and scraping any poo and mess away from her and adding new straw behind her. We have a water bucket right by her face and she's getting spoon feed all kind of goodies! I'll try to keep you posted on good news and pictures. If anyone would like to come out to see bottle feeding, we'll be available Tuesday morning - around 7:30 am, then again that evening around 6pm. MONDAY - We're taking care of morning chores, and begging a friend to take care of her in the evening. Our entire bunch is heading to AUSTIN to tell the senate that we farmers in Texas won't put up with nonsense and envasion of our rights and privacy! Keep your tags away from my cows!!!