Magic Cow

Early Monday morning Shayn, Alpine and Randy (Shayn's dad) headed down to the ranch in Mt. Pleasant. It was time to wean this year's calves. They got the calves and mother cows separated, loaded the trailer with the calves and headed home. I was happy to hear the new arrivals were going to Randy's house and not ours this time - they are noisy for a few days! I can't blame them though; they miss their moms. But they certainly are big enough and ready to be on their own.

On Tuesday morning Shayn headed over to Randy's to get the chores done and found a rather adventurous calf in the manger! The calves had come in to water and somehow this rascal managed to climb in. Shayn was the only one around and didn't want the calf to hurt itself so he came up with a plan. He strapped the calf to an excavator (which was fortunately there at the time!) and quickly and carefully lifted it out and then lowered it back down to the ground.

We are still baffled as to how it climbed in there. Shayn said in all his years working on the farm he's never seen one actually in the manger. We'll have to keep an eye on this little Houdini!



Living in an open space and having chickens in our front yard has been a challenge for us. Especially because our chickens are free range and have pasture to graze on. Being outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air, they are a prime target for the foxes we have roaming the fields around our farm. We have taken precautions to keep our chickens safe including:

- Fencing the pasture with non-climb horse fence

- Burying fencing wire three feet deep to keep predators from digging underneath.

- Adding electric wires to the top of our fence to deter the foxes from climbing.

- Keeping the chickens inside their coop at night where they are safe. Night is usually when the foxes are out and about

stock photo - not an actual picture of the snake that scared shaynEven with doing these things througout the past year, we have still lost a chicken here and there to a clever (determined?) fox who figures out how to get into the pasture. We are currently redoing our fence to be taller and hopefully impossible for the foxes to climb. I think the foxes are beautiful and hope we can all happily exist in the same area without losing any of our chickens!

On Saturday we also discovered we have a large snake trying to snack on our chicken eggs! Shayn, Alpine and Sully went out to gather eggs and discovered a four-foot long snake hanging out at the coop until he slithered off into a hole.

When Shayn came inside he commented that it seems our chickens are being attacked from both sides by predators; foxes after the birds and snakes after the eggs.

Such is life on the farm!




Are you thinking about buying some beef? It can be a big decision - calculating freezer storage, the amount of meat your family needs, the investment, etc. We've received quite a bit of feedback from customers on our beef and have a few items to let you know about:

1. We are adding the option to purchase 1/4 cow. This will be available with standard processing only.

2. If you are thinking about ordering some beef, now is the time to do it. We will be butchering cows in three to four weeks and the meat should be available the end of September/beginning of October.

3. Is 1/4 still too much beef for your freezer? Do you want to try our beef before your commit to purchasing a whole cow? Beginning in October we will have individual cuts available for purchase. Customers will be able to buy a few steaks, some burger or a roast. (Or all three!) We are currently working on a price list for those and will post the information as soon as it becomes available.

We know you will love the beef from Utah Natural Meat. It is healthy, homegrown, grass fed beef and the taste can't be beat! Please visit our beef page for more information and to place an order.


Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Swanson? 


We'd like to introduce the newest member of our family! Our new fourteen-week-old standard poodle. He really looks more like a sheepdog right now, but I just don't want to cut off his puppy hair yet. He's so soft and fluffy!

It was a bit of a process in finding him. After our first standard, Endora, had to be put to sleep a few months ago, we weren't sure what to do. We knew we wanted another dog for our boys. They both love dogs and loved Endy.  But we didn't know what  breed we wanted. We started discussing which we would like and tossed around the idea of a few different breeds. But we ended up back at the standard poodle. No, it's definitely not your typical farm dog! But they are some of the best dogs. Calm, intelligent, loyal and wonderful with kids. 

So we began searching and stumbled upon Sullivan. He is such a smart dog, so good with our boys. He loves to play with them and they love him. He's can be found right next to my feet most of the time. He plays with the cats, is curious about the chickens and enjoys being outside with us doing the chores each day. And somehow he manages to find a mud puddle to jump in on a daily basis. He is getting used to a bath very quickly.

Sully is a perfect fit for our family and I love having a dog in our home again!



You may have heard, or may not seeing as it hasn't been in the news too much, of the latest salmonella outbreak in eggs (you can read about it here). It's crazy to me that 380 million eggs in seventeen states are affected by this outbreak. That is a LOT of eggs. The only good I see from a story like this is the hope that more people will realize buying local is better. Buying free range eggs is better. Better for you, better for your family, and better for our local economy. When you cram thousands of chickens in an enclosed, overcrowded area, you are not going to have healthy chickens. 

Yes, any egg can contain salmonella bacteria. But the likelihood of an egg from a free-range, pastured chicken having salmonella is very unlikely. Our hens are healthy and happy! They are outside on a half-acre of grass. They roam and forage. They get fresh air and sunshine. They produce awesome eggs.

Have you tried them yet? Well, c'mon, what are you waiting for?