MM Livestock Co

  (Wildomar, California)
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Shearing Day

We have our dates for shearing day! Please visit the website for more information and our farm blog is up so you will find more in depth musings and information there. http://www.mmlivestockco.com 
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A lovely way to spend New Year's Day

We had a wonderful morning! We decided to jump in the truck and drive up the hill to pick up some goodies from friends. We talked pigs, sheep, and veggies. What else would farmers do on a holiday right? I really love their greenhouse but will leave the gardening to Oscar! I'm sticking to four leggeds! One of the things we discussed that I think bears mentioning is the raising of Heritage Breeds vs. more common ones. I have both. Heritage Breeds to make me feel that I am making a contribution to preserving the past, and more modern ones because the yield is more predictable. One thing I don't agree with is charging grossly inflated prices for Heritage animals. You are supposed to be breeding these animals to preserve them and the only way to preserve them is for folks to eat them! It does not cost a penny more to raise a Belted Galloway than it does an Angus cross. The cost is in the time, effort, and dedication it takes to get any grass fed or pastured animal to market weight and finish. Grass based animals take longer to finish on pasture period, and you have to really know what you are doing. Anyone can pull a cow off pasture and call it grass fed, that doesn't mean it will taste good. Heritage or Modern, it is how an animal is raised, finished, harvested, and believe it or not, processed that determines the quality of the finished product. I like Heritage breeds for their appeal to a bygone age. I also believe that if I put an 2 steaks in front of you 1 modern grass fed beef and 1 Heritage raised exactly the same way, most people couldn't taste the difference. Now if I put a properly raised, finished and aged steak next to one that wasn't you could tell the difference immediately. Same goes for any livestock. Do things right, do things well, and you will be rewarded for your efforts, bank on a name and you'll go broke! Meg
 
 

Fallbrook Farmers Market

This is our second week at the new Sunday Farmers Market in Downtown Fallbrook. It's a new market and the folks there are Great! The Market Coordinator is an amazing lady and the vendors are the best! We all help each other! What a concept! If I want a dipping sauce for my samples, The strawberry lady says here you go! if the steak sandwich folks run out of steaks I give em what they need. If Terry wants a sauce for her killer salmon fajitas, baba foods has it! Everyone laughs and enjoys themselves so much! It's a real community Market. The customers are warm and friendly and it's just a great way to close a busy weekend.
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Green Feast

Last nite was the Green Feast in San Juan Capistrano, it was a benefit to raise funds for The Ecology Center. What a Place! The vision these folks have is Amazing! Check out their website and you'll get an idea of what they are all about. It was a real honor to donate and participate. There were almost 200 people at 1 table discussing sutainability, giving examples of how each farmer or rancher accomplishes this, and fielding some of the most intelligent questions I have heard in a long time. The food and drink were wonderfully prepared and it was a truly lifestyle affirming nite. I wish every community had a place like this to go and learn about agriculture, sustainable practices, stewardship and the reasons we in this industry do what we do. Evan is one of my heroes and anything they need or decide to do I'm there! It's 22miles from my place as the crow flys, a little farther by road and a vision worth supporting. We are moving forward with our teaching center here and with The Ecology Center as a model and their staff as mentors we are going to really be able to help people learn about their food, where it comes from and how to get it to your plate in the safest, healthiest, and most natural way possible. It shows me that all the work we've done getting and keeping Certifications that prove the quality of our product were not a waste of time. It is a shame that we have to do this but it protects our customers and brings people like those at The Ecolology center in to our world and gives us opportunity to keep making a positive difference.
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