The days are noticeably shorter now, and summer is making it's typical last stand. But without the humidity to support it and the dropping angle of the sun, it's hard to get too brutally hot. Instead, we start to furrow our brows about the dryness. The sporadic or non-existent rain is totally normal for this time of year but feels rude after the generous, well-timed showers through the summer months. Now the grasses are shriveled, the critters panting, the fire ants resurgent. But the return of the crow racket, near constant cool breeze, and yellow tinge to the woodlands remind us that this discomfort is short-lived and the pleasantries (and precipitation) of fall are right around the corner.
The cows were nonplussed to welcome Bully McBullface, our new sire, to the herd this week. He's a young fellow and still spends much of his time wrestling and running with the other teenagers in the herd, but very soon his unique Wagyu lineage will influence every bit of beef we sell. Sometimes called Kobe, Wagyu cattle are essentially Japanese beef cattle and are long famed for their incredible marbling and mild nature. Our guy is a cross between the two most prized lines of Wagyu and descends directly from the original stock imported from Japan. His coloration is unusual for Wagyu and meant he couldn't be registered, despite his stellar breeding. But since our only interest is the quality and flavor he imparts on his progeny, silver-gray is good enough to stay. It will be several more years before his impact will be visible on your dinner plates, but the jump in quality will be well worth the wait.
The fencing challenges of the last few weeks are starting to sort out thanks to the persistent attention of Travis, fencer extraordinaire. The wide-ranging, freewheeling pigs are now mostly contained (with some sorting left to do) and the cattle once again moving as one herd.
We have had a short drought in chicken, but since the fall flock heads to the butcher tonight, we will all be enjoying those beloved thighs again in no time.