The leaves are turning, there’s a chill in the air and its clear that summer is over and fall is upon us. Summer is definitely our busiest time of year, but there are no signs of slowing down here on the ranch. Terry and the gang are being kept very busy with long to-do lists in preparation for winter. Due to the ridiculous weather, we are still trying desperately to get the hay cut and gathered for winter feed for the herd. If our weather in September is any indication of how the rest of the year will be, we are going to need a large supply of winter feed.
We are still down at Millarville market every Saturday morning until Thanksgiving weekend. It has been a very successful summer and the CRMR team are very pleased that we are seeing more and more repeat customers. Also encouraging is the continued interest many people have for our local, naturally raised and sustainable food source. So great to share our passion with others. Don’t forget to look for us in our usual location for the Millarville Christmas market November 5th, 6th, and 7th. Lets all hope for some good weather that weekend.
Another growing success for us at the ranch has been with our Qeva bites for pets. They are pet treats made from ground buffalo and have our elk antler added to them. They are a much easier, and tastier way to get the Qeva into your pet. We have witnessed some unbelievable results with several new clients, so stay tuned for some new testimonial coming soon. FYI, we have had so many requests from our downtown customers, that we are now carrying the Qeva bites at our 17th Avenue store, CRMR at Home.
Probably the most exciting thing about this time of year at the ranch is that its mating season. The bulls are coming into the rut and some very strange behaviour can be seen on a regular basis. The first sign of the “rut” is the strange bugling sound that can be heard echoing across the pasture. It’s a difficult sound to explain and is probably best to witness for one self with a visit to the ranch. They also become aggressive and territorial with each other and will roll in mud and urine, apparently this makes the more attractive to the females???????? By mid October most of our cows will be pregnant and soon tire of the bulls odd behaviours and lose interest in his unique courting rituals. We will look forward to seeing the wonderful results of this unusual behaviour in early May 2011. Having said that, this springs calves continue to grow and flourish and we will begin the weaning process in late October, early November.
Other little bits of news are that we are once again pairing with Agrium with a fundraiser for Corporate Challenge. Thanks to them for including us and good luck to their fundraising goals. Peter continues to work meticulously on our bio-diesel project on the farm and we are very grateful as it can be a pretty messy job. Thanks to Cole for helping our developing long horn cow herd this summer. We had several babies and all seem to be doing great over in our pint sized petting zoo.
We at CRMRanch would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support. It was a great summer and we look forward seeing you all again through the fall and winter. Karen will continue to keep hours in the office and the store Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00-3:00.
Have a great season,