As we embrace the brisk winds of December, our focus shifts to the well-being of our grassfed cattle.
We're grateful for the recent showers that Mother Nature has provided. The much-needed rain has worked wonders for our pastures, especially because we just finished planting ryegrass and clover! Now these grasses are starting to sprout, which is always a beautiful process.
While the ryegrass and clover pastures mature, our attention turns to ensuring our cattle maintain healthy weights during this season. To achieve this, we've strategically rotated our cows onto a high-quality, nutrient-dense bahia and peanut hay diet. This move is essential in meeting the additional nutritional requirements our cattle face when temperatures drop.
As temperatures decrease, our cows face increased challenges in maintaining their body temperature and metabolism. The cold, wet weather saps away the natural heat they produce, necessitating a heightened intake of nutrients. This underscores the importance of providing them with high-quality forage to ensure their well-being during the winter months.
Anticipating a wet and cold winter, we've adopted a proactive approach to hay distribution. Recognizing that daily tractor rutting can be counterproductive, we choose to pre-place hay in substantial quantities every 2 to 3 weeks. This not only minimizes the impact on our pastures but also streamlines our efforts in the long run.
To optimize hay consumption and minimize waste, we've implemented an innovative approach. We position hay bales strategically behind hotwires and adjust the wire placement every 2 to 3 days. This ensures our cattle have continuous access to fresh hay without excessive trampling or degradation of the pasture.
As we navigate the challenges and embrace the opportunities that winter brings, our commitment to the well-being of our cattle remains unwavering. We appreciate your continued support as we work harmoniously with nature to uphold the principles of sustainable and responsible ranching.
All the best,
Dr. Shannon Gonsoulin, DVM
We've got SO MANY new things happening in December!
We're introducing New Bundles this holiday season to help you find the PERFECT gift! Each bundle
We have three options:
Gravy Lover's Bundle $200 (regular price $240)
- rump roast (approx 4 lbs)
- chuck roast (approx 4.5 lbs)
- sirloin tip roast (approx 5 lbs)
- 4 lbs of marrow bones
- 4 lbs of soup rounds / shanks
Grillmaster's Bundle $200 (regular price $240)
- 10 lbs of Ground Beef (80/20)
- 5 lbs of Ribeye
- 4 lbs of Short Ribs
Steak Sampler Bundle $200 (regular price $240)
- 3 lbs of Ribeye steak
- 3 lbs of New York Strip
- 3 lbs of Top Sirloin
- 2 lbs of Filet Mignon
To make your holidays even easier, we're offering statewide shipping or free local delivery with our New Bundles. We'll even throw in a GLC Apron AND a packet of our BRAND NEW GLC Grassfed Dry Rub as our FREE gift to you!
Our Grassfed Dry Rub is made with coarse sea salt, coarse black peppercorns, granulated garlic, and freshly harvested rosemary. Try it out and let us know what you think!
The Ranch Raffle is also coming up on December 22!You've got a chance to win 1/4 GLC cow this year, a Bundle Box of your choice, and some GLC Apparel / Accessories. Here's how it works:
- For every $20 you spend at the Farm Store on GLC Beef, you get 1 stamp on your Ranch Rewards Card.
- When you get 10 stamps, fill out the back side of the card to enter the Ranch Raffle!
If you need some fresh inspiration for your holiday gift list, come see us at the Farm Store in Loreauville! We've got lots of hand-crafted and locally grown items that you really can't find anywhere else! We've also got GLC Gift Certificates available at the Farm Store, some come stop by and say hello next time you're passing by!
Weekly Specials: Plan ahead!
Quantities are limited so don't wait! When ordering online, discount will be applied automatically to your cart at checkout.
November 27 - December 2
Top Sirloin - 25% off
December 4 - 9
Ground Beef - 25% off
December 11 - 16
Brisket - 25% off
December 18 - 23
Sirloin Tip Roast - 25% off
December 25 - 30
Filet Mignon - 25% off
In this edition of our Health and Wellness, we're diving into the nutritional powerhouse that is grassfed beef. At the heart of our ranching philosophy lies a commitment to providing you with not just exceptional taste but also a myriad of health benefits from our grassfed cattle.
1. Leaner and Heart-Healthy:
Grassfed beef is renowned for its leaner profile compared to conventionally raised counterparts. It boasts lower total fat content and higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Choosing grassfed beef aligns with heart-conscious decisions, offering a flavorful alternative without compromising on your health goals.
2. Rich in Essential Nutrients:
Our grassfed beef is a nutrient-dense source of essential vitamins and minerals. Packed with iron, zinc, and B-vitamins, it contributes to overall well-being and supports vital bodily functions. Incorporating grassfed beef into your diet ensures you're nourishing your body with the building blocks it needs for optimal health.
3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Brain Health:
The omega-3 fatty acids found abundantly in grassfed beef aren't just beneficial for your heart—they also play a crucial role in supporting brain health. These fatty acids, particularly DHA and EPA, are linked to cognitive function and may contribute to a lower risk of neurodegenerative diseases.
Grassfed beef is a natural source of antioxidants, including vitamin E and beta-carotene. Antioxidants play a vital role in neutralizing free radicals in the body, which helps combat oxidative stress and inflammation. By choosing grassfed beef, you're not only savoring a delicious meal but also infusing your body with protective compounds.
5. No Added Hormones or Antibiotics:
We take pride in our commitment to raising grassfed cattle without the use of added hormones or antibiotics. This ensures that you're enjoying beef in its purest form, free from unwanted additives. Our focus on sustainable and ethical practices extends to every facet of our ranching, promoting a wholesome and natural product for your plate.
When you shop with us, know that each bite contributes to your overall health and well-being. We believe that the journey from pasture to plate should not only be a culinary delight but also a nourishing experience for your body and mind.
How To Cook The Perfect Steak: Grassfed Edition
What's the best way to cook a grass fed steak? The reverse sear. Here's How:
This is our favorite way to cook a grassfed steak, and we hope you’ll try it out and let us know what you think!
The process involves baking in the oven followed by searing on a pan. The result is an evenly cooked, tender steak with a beautiful crust.
- GLC Grassfed Dry Rub
- GLC Grassfed Steak
Instructions:Step 1: Take the steak out of the fridge and let it sit about 20 minutes so it can get to room temperature. Preheat oven to 225F.
Step 2: Sprinkle salt, black pepper, and garlic on both sides of the steak. Use as much or as little as you like. Then rub it in.
Step 3: Put the steak on a tray. Bake for 25 minutes.
Step 4: Melt ½ stick of butter in a cast iron skillet. Add fresh rosemary (as much or as little as you want) and garlic.
Step 5: Sear the steak on high heat but be careful not to burn your butter. Do not overcook it. Grassfed beef is easier to overcook because it has less fat. Use your judgement and err on the side of caution!
Rare - 45 seconds each side
Medium rare - 1 minute each side
Medium - 1 ½ minutes each side
Medium Well - 2 minutes each side
Well Done - 2 ½ minutes each side
Step 5: Rest the steak. Take it out of the pan and let it rest for at least 3 minutes because the internal temperature is still high and the beef is still being cooked. If it’s not cooked enough, put it back on the skillet and check temperature at 30 second intervals.