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Buying Beef in Bulk

July 03, 2013 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Healthy LifestyleIndustry News
Angus Beef Cuts Chart

Pasture to Plate

Live weight, Hanging weight, Packaged weight - What’s the difference?? How can one beef have three different weights?  It can be confusing to talk about the different weight classifications and terms applied to an animal carcass. Here are the steps from an animal grazing in the pasture to the steak on your plate and what they mean to you.
 

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Snow on the Ranch

January 02, 2017 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Ranch Life
The upper pasture in snow.

Snow on the ranch - or most anywhere is a beautiful sight. It is not easy to work in though, especially if your work is raising cattle. 

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Spring on the Ranch

May 20, 2016 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Ranch Life

Spring on the ranch means calving season and new grass - which is especially important if you raise grass fed beef. We have eighteen new calves on the ground and are moving the herd to summer grazing. 

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Fire in the Cascades

August 23, 2015 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Ranch Life

It has been a summer of extreme drought for Western Washington - and much of the rest of the western US. The drought has led to EXTREMELY dry conditions throughout the Skagit Valley and the North Cascades - both the east and west sides; we've never seen it like this. And now, fire. It seems all of Washington is on fire.A wildfire is burning in the North Cascades just above the ranch near the town of Newhalem and Highway 20 is closed just a few miles north of us. So far, the town of Marblemount and our ranch and animals are safe.

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Summer at the Ranch

September 29, 2014 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Ranch Life
Pulling wire on the new pasture fence.

It has been a busy summer here at the ranch. We leased another 80 acres of pasture just across the river this spring and Rick and Alex have spent months getting it fenced for rotational grazing for our grass fed beef. 

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Sous Vide

May 05, 2014 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Healthy Lifestyle
The chuck roast turned into prime rib and top round into tenderloin!

Sous Vide preparation of a boneless Chuck Roast and Top Round Steak. Neither is known as the most tender cut of meat - though ours is more tender than most -  this method makes them fork tender and delicious!    

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Calves

March 23, 2014 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Ranch Life
Newborn Calf B-4.

Calving season is in full swing! Six calves born in the last two weeks here at the ranch. 

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National Western Stock Show

February 05, 2014 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Ranch LifeIndustry News
ICU Ranch Cow/Calf Pair

A visit to the National Western Stock Show in Denver was a great opportunity for us recently. One of the largest stock shows and sales in America, it is home of the best-of-the-best cattle and it was great to see all the outstanding Lowlines on display.

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Fall Round-Up

October 27, 2013 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Ranch LifeHealthy Lifestyle
The steers and heifers in the summer pasture.

Fall is a beautiful time of the year here in the North Cascades and a busy time on the ranch. We are preparing for our fall harvest of beef and to do that we need to round up the cattle from their summer pastures and bring them back to our home ranch. 

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Ranch Dogs

August 29, 2013 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Ranch Life

Every ranch needs dogs, and Molly and Grizzly are ours. If you have visited our Ranch Store you have been greeted by our faithful duo. Australian Cattle Dogs also known as Blue Heelers, they are our constant companions on the ranch and always a part of whatever is going on around here. 

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