Buku Savanna Bucks!

Thanks to everyone who purchased livestock and added England Ranch genetics to their herd.

We have 8, from a total of 24, 2015 bucks still for sale: Gus, Callen, Spock, Festus, Matterhorn, Vladmir, Rico, and Cyclone.

We are currently taking reservations for 2016 kids-bucks and does.

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Our goats were prolific this year!

We have a total of 23 Savanna bucks for sale. These Savanna bucks provide a good selection of breeding bucks from 3 different herd sires. All were raised on the beautiful South Dakota prairie.

We provide a discount for volume buyers.

 The sires for these bucks are Iceman, Stonewall and Okie.

  • Iceman has 3 bucks listed: Woodrow (SOLD), Festus, McClintock (SOLD)
  • Stonewall has 8 bucks:  Gus, Dusty (SOLD), Chumlee (SOLD), Leprechaun (SOLD), Chisum (SOLD), Newt (SOLD), Big Jake (SOLD) and Cahill (SOLD)
  • Okie has 10 bucks: Cyclone, Rico, Prairie Star (SOLD), Vladmir, Matterhorn, Pedro (SOLD), Alejandro (SOLD), Callen, Spock and Michelangelo (SOLD)

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information!

 ICEMAN:

STONEWALL:

OKIE:

NPSAS WINTER CONFERENCE ABERDEEN, SOUTH DAKOTA

England Ranch will be speaking at the NPSAS Winter Conference in Aberdeen, South Dakota on Friday, January 25, 2013. We will doing presentations on goat ranching and pasture poultry.

Goats: A Good Economic Venture for the Farm or Ranch

Chevon (goat) meat is the leading choice of protein in the world. In the United states, demand for goat meat is greater than the supply. Learn about starting an agricultural enterprise with goats or adding goats as a way of diversifying an existing agriculture operation. Topics discussed will include being a commercial or registered goat producer, nutrition and health considerations, marketing and health considerations, marketing and resources for further information.

Raising Chicken for Sunday Dinner

Considering raising chickens as a family meat source or as a new agricultural business venture? This workshop will discuss start-up considerations, feeding and care, processing and marketing of pasture poultry in South Dakota.

For more information about the conference: www.npsas.org.

If you follow our blog and attend the NPSAS Conference, stop by and say Hello!

 

Homemade Cleaning Products

Cleaning your home doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money for expensive commercial products. Use easily handy common household supplies to make your home shine.

Below are a few quick tips:

  • For a good all- around cleaner, in a spray bottle, mix together 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. Borax, 2 tsp. lemon juice, 3 tsp. Dawn dish soap and 2 cups of hot water. Shake well before each use.
  • Bring the shine back to piano keys and gilt picture frames, wipe with a cloth dipped in milk
  • Add a ½ c. salt to the wash cycle to keep colored clothes dye from running
  • To make kitchen counter or floor tile shine, rub a piece of wax paper over countertops or place over a dust mop
  • To clean tarnished silver, add to a pot of water, ½ salt, 2 tsp. baking soda and bring to a boil. Then add a piece of aluminum foil to the mixture and place tarnished item in the water. Rinse well and then buff.
  • Freshen carpets by sprinkling with cornstarch, wait 15 minutes and then vacuum
  • To remove rust stains in sinks and tubs, make a paste of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide and wipe with a soft sponge
  • Homemade toilet bowl cleaner,  1 cup baking soda mixed with 1 cup powdered Tide detergent Use ¼ c. to clean toilet bowl
  • Cleaning the refrigerator, add 1 Tbl. Borax to 1 quart of warm water, wipe down with a soft sponge
  • Removing scuff marks on linoleum, use Crest toothpaste mixed with a little baking soda and wipe with damp cloth.
  • Use Crest toothpaste, to shine chrome fixtures in a bathroom

South Dakota Local Foods Directory

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The South Dakota Local Foods Directory, sdlocalfood.org/index.htm, is a consumer guide to link people directory to their local food sources. England Ranch is proud to have a listing in the directory. Buying locally improves the whole community. Fresh food improves health. Everyone should know where their food comes from and how it is cared for whether plant or livestock. At England Ranch, everyone is welcome to visit and see how we care for our livestock and garden produce. Another good reason to buy local is that money spent in the community stays in the community and the standard of living improves. Everyone working together makes a better community.

Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo

The 55th annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo was held January 25-February 3, 2013.  It is the first of the year must-go-to event.  At the show and rodeo, the activities hold something for everyone- seeing all the different breeds of cattle, the latest gadgets for the rancher and the ranch wife, attending the sheep dog trial, ranch rodeo and professional rodeos. What can beat a day on the town with your man and a tasty dinner at a fancy restaurant in the evening?  If any of our readers have never been to the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, it is the place to be in western South Dakota at the end of January to early February!

Chicken Time!

It is time once again to order your tasty pasture – raised chicken.  Even
with increases in grain prices, we are still offering chickens for 3.00lb.
The chickens are placed in heavy plastic bags and freezer ready.

You should be able to click on the this jpg of the order form to print, otherwise, please follow the below link to print the Order Form PDF from our website.

http://www.englandfamilyranch.com/2013PasturePoultryOrderForm.pdf

2013 Pasture Poultry Order form

This will be our 3nd year of pasture poultry. A total of 560 birds will be grown in two groups of broilers with butchering around the end of June and the end of July. To be able to plan a successful season, we need our customers to place orders for the butchered chickens. We will take orders on a first come, first serve basis. Deadline for orders will
be April 1, 2013. When we have orders for  all the chickens we can raise, the remainder will be placed on a waiting list.

If someone can not take delivery of their order-the first name on the waiting list will be called. We will contact you if you are placed on a waiting list and we will contact you 1 week prior to butchering to set up a day and time for pickup of your poultry. The customer is responsible for bringing coolers and ice to keep your birds cold for the trip home. We will process the chickens around 3-5 lbs. of dressed weight. The poultry will be placed in heavy  duty 15mm  plastic freezer bags and ready to be placed in your freezer. Even though grain prices have increased, we are pleased to say that prices will remain the same as the past two years. Thank you for your support of pasture poultry.

Our goal is to produce a high quality, nutritious and tasty bird.

George and Suzanne England
25468 255th Street
Midland, South Dakota 57552

englandfamilyranch@yahoo.com   (605) 344-2560

 

 

 

 

Winter Potluck Meals

Potluck_Spring Blog 2013Winter time is a season to enjoy fellowship with friends. In our neighborhood, we have winter potluck meals at different houses. The hostess prepares the main dish while guest prepare sides and desserts. The meal is followed with games and your talking about local issues and plans for the Spring. The potlucks are a great way to develop deeper friendships with our neighbors during a calm part of the year.

Magnum on the RangeEngland Ranch is adding another cattle breed to the ranch. We are starting a small herd of registered Herefords. We will be selling bulls and heifers. England Ranch was started with and for many years only had Herefords. Suzanne is partial to Herefords because her Dad thought Hereford was the best and only breed to have on the farm. So Angus and Hereford will now run side by side on the range along with some black baldies.

LOVED BY A COWBOY

GeorgeCowmanLOVED BY A COWBOY

If you’ve ever been loved by a cowboy,
You’ll know what I say is true;
They know how to love a woman,
And you thank your stars that it’s you.

It’s not in the fancy talkin’
Or tryin’ like heck to impress.

It’s in the deep, honest carin’
That makes these men of the west.

They learn from the world around them,
That life is precious to hold.

See how they carry the lost calf,
Until it’s back home in the fold?

They know the hand of our Maker
In the work that they do every day.

They protect the herd from danger,
And keep them from gettin’ away.

They see the glory of sunrise,
Work hard to make things right.

When they tuck back into the bunkhouse
It’s usually the dark of the night.

In their powerful hands there is healin’.

Rough and scarred, you can see,
But when they gently touch you
You know what tender can be.

For the hands that punch the cattle,
And break a horse just right,
Can brand a calf in the daytime
And deliver a foal in the night.

They stroke and comfort the skiddish
They guide and lead the lame,
They work to heal the wounded
And treat the sickly humane.

There may be some maverick cowboys
That can’t keep their word to be true,
But there aren’t very many bad ones
Believe me their numbers are few.

Most stretch the truth in their “tall tales”
And fib to put on a good show,
But you’ll rarely catch one lyin’
It’s a matter of honor, you know.

When you put all these things together
You see it’s a gift, plain as day.

God gave us these fine, good men
To keep us from runnin’ astray.

To be held in the heart of a cowboy,
To hear him call you “m’am”
To snuggle in his big, strong arms
And be his “darlin’ lamb”

Can make you more a woman
Than you could ever guess,
For when you’re loved by a cowboy,
Well……….girl
You’re loved by the very best

A Bit of Tropics in South Dakota

I recently attended a preserving workshop by the extension service and brought home a jar of this delicious jam.  It definitely was a hit over warm sour cream biscuits. Just the difficulty of finding ripe mangos on the prairie but definitely worth the effort.

RaspberryMangoJamMango Raspberry Jam

Makes 7- 8oz. jars

3 c. finely chopped pitted peeled mangoes

1 ½ c. crushed red raspberries

2 T. lemon juice

1 pkg. regular powdered fruit pectin

5 ½ c. sugar

In a deep saucepan, combine fruit and lemon juice. Whisk in pectin until dissolved. Bring to a boil and pour in all the sugar at once. Return to a rolling boil, stirring constantly and boil 1 minute.  Remove from heat, skim off foam.  Ladle into jars leaving a ¼ inch head space. Process in hot water bath for 10 minutes.