What You Are Getting When You Buy Beef From Falster

Buying & Pricing:

We sell our beef cows & steers Live Weight or Hanging weight. Live Weight is when you pick up from us the (usually) calf to finish out your self and the Hanging Weight is when we carry it to the processor (abattoir) for you. Live Weight is $3.00 per pound, F.O.B. our corrals, Hanging Weight is $5.00 on the rail. The Hanging Weight purchase includes a complementary delivery to Coke, Mineola or Sulfur Springs, Texas).

You a invited to come and personally select select the beeve. Karl or a Top Hand, will escort you through the pastures and offer an interesting and informative consult about the Falster method of rearing quality beef cattle.

Sides, 1/2’s and Quarters:

A hanging side is one half of one beef divided lengthwise, fully dressed and hanging in the cooler. A hanging side is ready to

Still doing it the Old Way – Hand carved.

be cut into your favorite cuts. Before the side is cut we recommend it hang in the cooler for a minimum of 7 – 10 days. This allows natural enzymes to further tenderize the meat for your enjoyment. This is a very important part of preparing quality meat. Most of the commercial beef sold in large grocery chains is cut into smaller pieces immediately after slaughter and shipped in boxes to where it is processed. The commercial beef industry regards the shipping time of “boxed” meat to be sufficient in replacing the age old practice of “hanging” in the cooler. It simply does not produce the same result. Additionally the commercial ground beef you buy will be from a whole host of different cows thrown in the “tub” and mixed.

Finished and Ready Buy

It takes us about 2 years to get a steer to maturity – pretty slow process – that animal will have had the time to fully develop the marbling many of our customers are seeking. That said; with us, the size of the animal is going to be regulated by the breed as well as age. We call that size Frame Size. All our beef cattle are from pure breed small to medium frame Hereford or Red Angus stock. So, you can tell us the approximate amount of beef you wish to put in the freezer and we can select to fill your personal desire.

Our larger sides of beef will weigh between 180 and 225 lbs. You can buy as many sides as you wish and you can specify a smaller or larger side (smaller or larger steer.) The only difference you will notice between small and large sides is in the size of the steaks and roasts. If you are interested in less than one side we suggest you find a friend who would like their meat cut in a similar way as yours, purchase one side for both of you and you will each effectively end up with a “quarter” beef.

One side provides you with; one hind quarter (the round), one front quarter (the chuck), one flank, one tenderloin and one complete rib. Our price for one hanging side is based on the hanging weight.  That price per pound  is currently $5.25. Obviously, a 200 lb. side would cost you 200 x the price per pound (hanging weight).

Cost to custom cut and wrap or vacuum pack into retail cuts is additional. Currently you can figure on 90 cents for freezer wrap and $1.15 for vacuum packing (per pound.).  It is important to remember that if you request mostly boneless cuts you may lose up to 30% of the total weight.

The abattoir you select will provide you with a cut sheet so you can specify how you would like your meat cut. Also; from our experience, we can  provide you with a description of the cut options and we will gladly go over these options with you over the phone to help meet your family’s needs. You will specify the types and size of roasts (bone in or boneless) you prefer. Whether you want your hamburger in 1, 2 or 3 lb packages or some of each. You will choose between having your tenderloin cut into filet mignon accompanied by New York strips or leave the tenderloin in and cut T-bones and Delmonico steaks. Will you want standing rib roasts or rib steaks or some of each? Will you want sirloin steaks and flank steaks or would you prefer to have it ground to make terrific hamburger? Stew meat, liver, brisket and even dog bones – these are all choices we will be happy to help you with.

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Not so Chicken Little – Part 1

All Natural Raising of meat birds (chickens) was a long time desire for my dear mother Reba Sue Bockman (she remaried after my daddy’s death. She used to tell me of a French TV Program that she saw where the French farmers raised their meat chickens on open pasture. I can recall setting at her breakfast table laughing about how to make it happen: did they round um up every evening to keep the coyote off; did they have a fence around them – you know, how did they do that? A few chickens out on pasture was one thing, but hundreds; now that posed a challenge to my thinking and design mind.

It was not until I married my long tall Texas redhead Nancy Gail that we really got serious about raising those open range meat chickens . . . enjoyed that taste so good and are so healthy for me. Yes there is a constant battle with the preditors, but the results of our success are noticeable in this here short clip . . . FALSTER FARM Red Ranger Broilers raised on pasture, finished on clover!

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If you listen real close you can hear one of our Red Wattle hogs grunt in the background as it enjoys the rich clover as well. Raising livestock this way enriches their life experience and builds our soils to a self sustaining fertility level.

Next time we will discuss the power of Bio Dynamic choices in our farming practice.

2013 ORGANIC INTERNS ARRIVING

Brage (Bo) Frick of Sweden

As we ended 2012 and started 2013 we have started several projects by the advent and aid of interns and WOOFERS literally from around the world.

1st project is a clay baking oven that was built by Brage (Bo) Frick of Sweden. You can view his project details at: Bo’s Clay Oven.

This hand built clay oven yields marvelous artisanal breads and pizza as well as cooks full meals in a fraction of the time – with such flavor that must be tasted to fully appreciate.

Built from scratch, we plan to have the oven in service at the Winnsboro Farmers Market this Spring in the Winnsboro City Park. In addition to the building of Bo’s Oven he has be an assistant to Chef Nancy on several special chef jobs in East Texas. Bo’s plans are to return to Sweden and enter business for himself as a speciality street-vender in Stockholm.

Bo has a master’s degree in agronomy and has used his time on Falster Farm to actually implement in practice many of the technical theories he learned in university. I believe he discovered that in practice of sustainable agriculture some of the modern notions don’t have much bottom to um. He got to learn how to care and ride a horse as well as build livestock shelters that birth pigs and chickens.

Additionally, he wielded sections of steel and sheet metal on the main barn converting it from a hay barn to a good size shop and headquarters. He exhibits good leadership skills and ran the re-fencing efforts over on the Creed place, a leased property for the Falster Miniature Hereford herd.

 

    Mohamed Jan Jalloh of Free Town Sierra Leon Africa

On Spring break from EARTH University in Costa Rica where he studies for a degree in Agricultural Engineering, Mohamed learned about both diesel and gasoline tractors and how to drive them (even into fence posts.) He too got to burn in some of the class room studies in real time farming, learning about cattle pig and chicken care.

Each individual on Falster Farm gets to work on a project that is somewhat of their design or implementation. For the 1st time we had bailed up 17 2000# rounds of “Inon and Clay” peas as hight protein silage. We need a means of feeding it and our dry hay to the 2012 crop of steers and heifers. Mohamed built a special setup outside the corrals to house the hay and allow the steers and heifers exclusive access to it. Naturally we call this place Mohamed’s hay pen.

He also did a good bit of painting and field fence restoration while with us. He plans on returning to his native West Africa and help local farmers implement sustainable protocols and engineering there.

Pigs Ready to Ride

Thanks for your final payment for your pampered, premium, pastured pig.

We are down to the last few days of the 2012 crop of pastured pork. While I’ve really enjoyed raising the pigs as I always do, I’ll have to admit, I’m looking forward to a break in the twice daily routine of watering and feeding them our proprietary diet of whey and dairy ration all while on sunny pasture paddocks. I tell ya, it will seem like a vacation when we are back to just our mama sows, “Rouge” and “ Scarlet” at the feed bowl. The cacophony of sound with 16 185# piggy’s waiting (demanding) to be fed is something you have to experience to believe.

Pork & Beef Cuts on display

But to you our customer and friends, maybe a dedicated pork eater, we learned early, you are continuously on a quest to find the best cuts to bless that most sacred of surfaces . . . the family grill.  Pork is King and as such has a earned a rightful place at backyard gatherings, holidays and a variety of special occasions.  But where do we find the best quality pork nowadays?  Where do we find the cuts that satisfy a dad in search of the perfect rack of ribs, a very busy mom and maybe some discriminating little appetites?

You have purchased that quality from Falster Farm’s “Falling Star Brand” Live Pork. Karl and I believe now is the time to let that best quality pork ride to the butcher shop. You know, we did a lot of research before choosing Cobbs Processing and we believe you will be as pleased (as we are) with this family run processing business. They know they stay in business by keeping customers happy and doing a good job with their desired cuts of meat. They know we are entrusting them with a lot of labor and love that has been poured into each animal that goes through their door and they will honor our efforts and bring them to completion by giving you what you ask for in custom processing.

We have set an appointment for Oct 3 to carry (transport) your pig(s) for processing in our trailer and the pigs will be butchered on the 4th and 5th

After cooling for a few days, Cobbs will begin their custom cut work for each one of our customers and we know you will get one of Falster Farm’s premium pigs, dressed just you want it.

Here is the info for you to call Cobbs Processing: 903-785-7012.

Manning Cobb or his wife Karen will take as much time as you need, answer all your questions as you complete your custom cut sheet with them over the phone.

I KNOW you will enjoy the taste and benefit from the high quality of gourmet “Falling Star Brand” pork.

Karl and I plan on having the sows bred back soon so that, Lord willing, we’ll have pork available for June, 2013.

Again, thank you for the business and your support for local, sustainable small farmers. It’s the best way to buy and eat.