Entries in Grass Fed Beef (51)

Sunday
Jan032016

You are the KEY to Synergistic Acres' success

Happy New Year!

We are VERY excited about the prospects of what 2016 holds for our customers and our farm.

Our farm just reached a milestone in Late November as we had our official 4 year anniversary.  4 years means we have had just enough time that not everything is new anymore -- but not nearly enough time to not be continually surprised by new challenges.  Because they keep coming!

2016 will be a VERY IMPORTANT year for Synergistic Acres.  The farm has grown to a size now where it's customers will be a driving force in the direction it takes. We have spent four years acquiring breeding and raising stock to get our numbers up to where we have sufficient product to support farm operations. We have put in 10s of thousands of dollars in infrastructure to allow us to efficiently raise these animals outside on pasture in natural environments.  We have developed systems that allow us to run the farm as fluidly as a farm allows.  We have spent 1000s of hours developing relationships with hundreds of customers earning their trust and respect and support. 

This is the year where all that comes together and we begin to LAUNCH this farm into a new phase.  This phase will quite honestly have an ultimate effect on our farm and t's very near future.  This is entirely driven by YOU -- our customer.  

Our farm and the animals we raise rely on you doing a lot of weird stuff.  We know this.  

  • We require you to realize that cheap food is a lie and that the prices we have become accustomed to at the store are only possible because of a huge embedded cost paid by the environment, the animals, our health and our future.
  • We force you to look outside of the grocery store for your meat.  To plan ahead and to buy your family's food before dinner is an imminent thought.
  • We ask you to cook.  Sounds weird.  But only 65% of meals are eaten at home in America and more is spent on food from restaurants than from grocery stores.  Our food is much higher quality than any food you'll buy at a restaurant and much cheaper when compared to similar restaurant bought meat, but it does require an investment of time in the kitchen.

But with all these requirements comes great benefits.  When you serve your family our food you have deep amount of certainty.

  • You know EXACTLY where and how your food was raised from the very beginning.
  • You are ASSURED that the cost of your food is supporting the type of farm that you value.
  • You can be CERTAIN that the meat you are feeding your family is the healthiest that you can feed them.
  • You FEEL GOOD because the food you are eating is nutritionally dense food.  Eating healthy is never a sacrifice.


This is where we take our farm's future and put it in your hands.  WIll you support the farm by making our meat a regular part of your family's meals?  Will you be weird enough to make the changes necessary to ensure a long life of our farm.  The only support that ensures this is buying the products we sell, even if it's just a little on a regular basis.  

Every time you use your fork you are casting a vote for the type of farms we will have in the future. We have put all our chips on building a farm that raises healthy nutritious meat and connects with customers in a completely honest and transparent way.  Now, we wait anxiously to see if our customers will come through and ensure that they want farms like ours to continue raising animals in this way.  You cannot count on everyone else supporting the cause -- it has to come from you.

Even if you can't commit to spending 100% of your meat buying budget on honestly-grown, clean meat, then commit to serving one meal a month with food from our farm.  Or maybe one meal a week is do-able.  It'll make a difference in your health, it'll be delicious and it will ensure our farm can continue to grow more food in a way you want it to be grown.

Sunday
Oct252015

Pastured Chicken Season Comes to a Close + chickens & beef available!

This weekend marked the end of a wonderful Pastured Chicken season for Synergistic Acres.  We raised and processed several hundreds of chickens this fall!  Though it is a ton of work, we gratefully appreciate being able to process our own poultry, knowing that our chickens had a quality life, superior food, natural living conditions and a humane end.  We heartily thank our many processing helpers - from friends of the farm, curious eaters, to friends and dedicated family.  

 In particular this weekend, ALL our parents helped with processing and it was an awesome day!  Every step of the process was enhanced by the capable and knowledgable hands.  It was truly a family effort!  My dad helped with household upgrades including some additional lighting in the barn.  No pics of me because I did not take a selfie while eviserating chickens ;)  All told, we processed 102 chickens on Saturday.

The best part of that news is that we have some Cornish Cross and Prairie Ranger chickens available for YOU!  We pre-sell most of our chickens, but, depending on the growing season, sometimes we are able to grow a few more than we pre-sell.  Head on over to our Natural Meats ordering page and scroll down to the bottom to order your chickens today.  Limited supply!

We've yet to make an official announcement, but we also have select cuts of 100% Heritage Grass-fed beef available.  Again, you can check it out on the ordering page near the bottom of the form.

On-farm pickup is available or I'll be in Lenexa on Wednesday.  Thank you for your support of another great season growing chickens on pasture!

 

Wednesday
Sep022015

Got a FREEZER?


Do you have an unused or extra upright freezer?   We have increased the amount of meat we are selling by the cut which is forcing us to expand our freezer space.  Most ideal for our systems is a larger upright freezer.  We are dealing with extremely valuable cargo here, so the freezer must be reliable and freeze well.  If you or someone you know has a freezer they'd like to consider selling to us, please give us a holler!

Wednesday
Sep022015

A Calf is Always a Big Deal on the Farm

Tonight was one of those nights. I'm writing this Sunday night after a great productive weekend for the whole family.  This is an unusual time on the farm where we are not starting a lot of new projects.  This gives us time to catch up on lots of small projects that just have never been able to percolate up to the top of our never-ending to-do lists. Getting some of those pesky tasks done was good and I was winding down my Sunday with that very good worn out feeling -- You know the one where every muscle is worn out, not by some heroic workout or strenuous athletic event, but rather by hard honest work.  There is such a difference in the exhaustion felt from hard work as compared to hard workouts.  

Regardless, I was about wiped.  However, after the kids were in bed, I was heading out to do the final chores.  This consists of just a visual check of all the animals, and closing up the hens.  It usually takes about 15 minutes or so.  Tonight - the "or so" came into context.  When checking the cattle I noticed one of our heifers was in labor.  I was initially alerted because she was standing away from the group.  Closer inspection showed a hoof protruding from the rear of Zinnia.  

This is exciting news.  Calves are quite literally the lifeblood of our farm.  With so much importance on good calving, this is news that changes our schedule.  9.5 times out of 10, by the time we see hooves hanging out -- it less than an hour before we have a calf.  I came inside and started writing this article -- planning to go back outside in an hour to admire a new calf.   After that hour, Zinnia had gotten more of the calf out, but not much.  I decided I would go to bed for an hour or so since I had to teach the next morning.   Then I would check on Zinnia and hopefully admire our new calf.  When I went out to check on mama I did not like what I saw.  There had been no progress - the calf's hooves were in the same place.  

We have never needed to help a mama with her calf on our farm and I had hoped to keep that streak alive, but it wasn't to be.  I checked more regularly for the next hour and still no movement.  At that point I had already waited longer than most cattlemen would suggest.  I came in and talked over options with Laura and it was decided that I would need to get things setup to pull the calf.   The fact that it was 2:30 am did not play into our decision-making process much.

Since we are a low-intervention type farm, we do not have fancy working facilities with squeeze chutes and the like.  Instead, to catch the mama cow I had to setup a temporary round pen made up of twelve 10 foot panels.  Then, within that round pen using other panels and metal T-Posts, I made a squeeze chute that I could maneuver her into and then block her so that I could safely work on her calf chute.  She cooperated as well as could be expected and I soon had her in the chute and was able to inspect her.  It seemed the calf was trying to come out backwards.  Typically, they come out in a beautiful dive - front feet then head then body and back feet.  Using a nice gloved up hand I was able to feel the calf 3 feet up inside of the mama, but all I could feel was legs and what I thought was rear-end.

I tried everything I knew to try and get the calf turned so it would slide out nicely -- nothing worked.  At this point, after several hours of no progress, we were no longer trying to save the calf, but rather the mama.  The clock was ticking down for me.  I would try manually turning the calf -- but I could not get it to budge in or out.  Finally at around 5:30am, I had to stop working and get ready to teach school.  I tried one last time -- I had both arms inside up to my shoulders, but still could not get that calf to budge.  I came inside, left Zinnia happily grazing in the round pen as if nothing was happening and I showered and asked Laura to call the vet when they opened up.  

The vet was able to come out first thing and he and Laura worked for about another hour before he was able to get the calf out.  This was all while I was teaching.  As soon as the calf was delivered, he checked for viability, but it was not to be.  The birth had been too traumatic.  As it turns out, the calf was not backwards at all.  Her head and been mispositioned and was wedged in the birth canal backwards -- a very tough and unusual birth.  

In the end, Zinnia was fine.  The vet did not think there was anything to worry about with her next calf and said it was just a bad luck type delivery.  Meanwhile at school, I asked the class to describe something about their weekend in one word -- I chose 'calf '-- they had no idea what their teacher had been up to just a few hours before.

Saturday
Aug082015

How do I Hook up with Pastured Meat?

'How do I get your food?' is one of the questions we hear a lot.
One of our primary missions is to make getting our food as EASY as possible for people.  Like you, we tend to keep busy and it can be hard to add in extra things...like a country drive to pick up some locally raised and organically fed meat!  

That's why we make a weekly delivery to Kansas City in Lenexa every Wednesday afternoon and Evening.   Just email or order online and we'll bring the food up to you on Wednesday.
 
We also welcome pick up on farm by appointment and would love to show you around while you are here or you can just make a quick stop to pick up your goodies and be on your way.  
Raising our animals in regularly rotated, pastured environments is the hard part - NOT getting it and CERTAINLY NOT eating it :)

 

Synergistic Acres - 21733 Iliff Rd, Parker, KS 66072 - 913-735-4769
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