Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Green grass and the first calf of the year


Happy Holidays from Casa Rosa Farm

We are super excited to welcome the first calf of 2014-2015 calving season. His mama is #27, a Simmental-Angus cross bred by L&M Ranch out of Oakdale. He is a brindled brown and black bull calf. Mama & calf are healthy and he was born in between showers, so he got plenty of time to figure things out before the next downpour... scheduled tonight. Our next cow due, #9, is one of our original herd and has had 2 calves with us already. We are hoping for another strong heifer from her. She has had 2 heifer calves so far, so we'll see!
Happy mama, healthy calf

The creek that wraps around our homestead is running steadily, even 3 days after the big downpour. Today, it is about 2 feet. At the height of the flood last week, it was running 5 feet deep, with about 2 feet running over the road. With more rain on the way, and the hillsides at saturation, we may see more flooding now than during "Stormageddon".
Olivia looks at the creek crossing 

The newest addition to our farm, Jasper
We also have finally made an addition to our family menagerie. Meet Jasper! He is a Plott hound. He is adapting quite well to life at Casa Rosa Farm. Plott hounds are good varmint chasers. He's very intelligent but is still trying to figure out Olivia. At first he wasn't sure what to do with her. Now he definitely thinks she is a puppy. So, is it ok to nip the puppy when she screams and pulls my tail? No Jasper, sorry to say, it ain't. Barking and herding her when she's running away from her mom? Yes, Jasper, go ahead!

The grass looks good, the animals are dealing ok with all the rain, only some of the roofs are leaking, so all is good here at our farm.

We won't be attending any farmer's markets the weekend between Christmas and New Year's.  If you want to send any last minute gifts of Casa Rosa Farm olive oil, www.goodeggs.com is delivering next day within the Bay Area up to the day before Christmas.

Enjoy your holiday meals and we'll see you in the New Year.






Thursday, September 25, 2014

This Is The Drought






This is what last night's blessed and welcomed rain did to moisture in a piece of ground I'm waiting to drill in winter forage on. 2 inches of moisture, and then dry as a bone. I will photograph the same spot tomorrow, when I expect the moisture left to be 1 inch, and then 2 days later, where I expect it to be gone. I need about 4 inches of consistent soil moisture for a week, to risk the expense of drilling seed in, and timing it all right to drill in just before the next rain. This is what has been done on winter grass ground in CA for a long time, although now there seems to be a fancy word for it - 'dry farming'. This is the drought.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sliced Beef Pastrami Now Available!







Grass Fed Grass Finished Sliced Beef Pastrami Is Here!




No Grain, Ever * No Added Hormones
From Animals Fed Certified Organic or Non GM Grass and Forb Forage 
No Sub-Therapeutic Use Of Antibiotics * No Antibiotic Use In Market Animals  
 Our Beef Are Always Free To Range
We take the time to finish our beef for 60 days on a blend of oat grass & alfalfa, 
which produces a lean fat marbling, as well as consistently tender,
and mild flavored grass finished meat.
 All our beef is dry aged according to individual animal needs, and flash frozen in vacuum seal immediately after butchery in order to ensure the highest quality product. 
No Lies, But Plenty of Grass Fed Bull!

Saturday, September 20, 2014






We are very excited to begin introducing our new beef  and mutton products. Say hello to beef bacon, smoked beef sausage with wine & garlic, as well as beef and mutton sticks. These are available on Good Eggs www.goodeggs.com as availability allows.


No Grain, Ever * No Added Hormones
From Animals Fed Certified Organic or Non GM Grass and Forb Forage 

No Sub-Therapeutic Use Of Antibiotics * No Antibiotic Use In Market Animals  
 Our Beef Are Always Free To Range

We take the time to finish our beef for 60 days on a blend of oat grass & alfalfa, 
which produces a consistently lean fat marbling, yet a tender and mild grass finished meat.
 All our beef is dry aged according to individual animal needs, and flash frozen in vacuum seal immediately after butchery in order to ensure the highest quality product.
No Lies, But Plenty of Grass Fed Bull!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

More drought news

It's June, and once again, our irrigated pastures look like a little green oasis among all the gold hills. We have our cows on the dry standing grass, supplementing with hay, but the sheep are all on irrigated pasture right now. We are very concerned about wildfires this year. Hoping that anyone who is camping this summer does not light a campfire or drive over tall grass!

Here are some photos we took of our cows right before the grass began to dry up, around June 1st.


Amaranth and her mama