Cold winter means slower beef
As I post this we have pretty good snowstorm underway here at the farm, which brings us to our first item of business.
We are postponing our Rock Hill and Fort Mill deliveries that were scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13 to Thursday, Feb. 20. We will meet in Rock Hill at 6:30pm and Fort Mill at 7:30pm. See this page for more information on these and all of our delivery locations.
Secondly, it has been a much colder-than-average winter. Here's a blog post from Brad Panovich, chief meteorologist at NBC Charlotte, discussing how cold January was in our area. This cold weather has slowed or stopped the growth of our cool-season grasses. These are the grasses that we rely on to fatten cattle and get them ready for processing in the winter and spring. We have had to completely remove our cattle from our finishing pastures to avoid over-grazing it and in turn have had to postpone one processing date so far. It remains to be seen if we will have to postpone another.
If you have sent a deposit for a half or whole beef we want you to know that we are doing everything within our standards to get your beef to you as soon as possible. The sooner warmer weather comes and stays a while the sooner we will have beeves to harvest. They are not far from fattened, but they need to be on some good grass for a period in order to push them over the top.
For our retail customers, we are anticipating a temporary shortage in beef in the next month or two. Please stay with us. We will have more beef back in stock as weather improves.
We could have easily gone ahead with our processing schedule, but our products would not have been what our customers are used to. We hope you can understand this, and we look forward to continuing to provide you with the best 100% grass-fed beef you can buy.
Below is a picture of the snowstorm we're getting right now. Hopefully it won't turn into an ice storm.
Written by Matt Watson
Grass is what cattle were designed to eat, and that's what our cattle get. But not all grass is the same. Cattle generally will gain weight and fatten better on annual forages than perennial grasses. This is why we reserve a small amount of annual pasture to concentrate our finishing cattle on. We also allow the cattle enough time to reach their true potential rather than harvesting them before they are finished. We only harvest our cattle off of the best grass and never allow them to lose weight at any time. These methods ensure that the beef you purchase tastes great and is good for you.
Written by Matt Watson
Here at Watson Farms, we think grass is better when it comes to what our cattle eat. Instead of putting them through the conventional system where they usually end up in a feedlot, the calves in our grass-fed program are kept on our farm where they're able to nurse and eat nothing but grass. We also don't administer any antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products to our grass-fed herds.