Today is a glorious day! Our beef arrived!!!
Beef, you ask? Aren't we farmers? Why don't we raise our own?
Well, once upon a time, the Wilson family raised cattle, until Grandpa lost his leg in an accident with a hay baler, and they said "adios" to their cattle. Can't say I blame them.
With Jeremy and I and the Wee Wilson's still living in town (even though it's only a few miles from our farm) we haven't acquired any four-legged critters...yet...other than an assortment of farm cats. However, 4-H age (age 8) will soon be upon our eldest daughter, so soon, we may get back into the cattle business so our children can learn important lessons in animal husbandry.
Until then, we've got purchase beef.
Do I believe that the beef from our local grocery store is safe and healthy to serve to my family?
However, there are FOUR reasons that I purchase beef from a friend:
1. I know him. Brian Leier has been a trusted friend of Jeremy and I for a number of years now. We share the same interests and have traveled together.
|A group of ND Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers visiting the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. a few years ago. Left to Right: Tracton & Victoria Lewis, Kelsey Swenson, Brian Leier, myself, Tanner Davison|
2. It's less expensive. Approximately 138 pounds of beef (which was the "hanging weight" of 1/4th of our steer after it had been butchered) cost me just under $350. It comes cut to my specifications, wrapped and frozen. That's $2.50 a pound, for ALL the cuts, including ground beef, roasts, steaks, etc. Try finding ANY cut of beef (including ground beef) for $2.50 a pound in the store! I appreciate and respect our local grocer, but to cut out "the middle man" has saved our family A LOT of money on meat.
3. Someday, I bet he's going to run for office and I can't wait to have a sign in my yard that says "Send a Leier to_____." (Insert Bismarck or Washington D.C.) Hehehe :)
4. This isn't just any beef, it's award-winning beef!
|A few years back, Brian, our friend Aaron Skarsgard, and I, competed in the Linton, North Dakota Annual Chili Cook-Off...|
|...AND WE WON!!! Woohoo! Champion Chili...including Leier Farms beef!|
If you're in the Linton, ND area or south central North Dakota, consider Leier Farms beef.
For more information, go to www.leierfarms.com You can order a whole steer, half or a "half of a half" (so you get the mix of quality cuts from the front and rear of the animal). There's a simple online order form. Check it out!
THANKS for the beef, Brian, and THANKS for stopping by blog readers!
“Listen, my people, and I will speak...I am God, your God...I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it." Exerpt from Psalm 50:7-12, New International Version