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Temple Grandin, a most powerful spokeswoman for the animals

About 30 years ago, I (Shari Thomas) became aware of a woman who was “speaking for the animals”. She wasn’t an animal rights activist, and she wasn’t a farmer. She suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome a form of autism that enables her to use her energy in very positive ways, or more commonly, in less than stellar ways.

She was talking to the meat industry on behalf of the animals, not telling them to quit processing meat, but to make it more humane, to stop the suffering, and in turn, increase the quality of the final product. I was in the rabbit processing business, so I already understood what she was saying on behalf of the animals. We were really good a minimizing stress before slaughter, but in my opinion, did a lousy job of transporting our animals.

In my new life, I am one of the Four Country Gals. 

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Four Country Gals lamb wrangling exposed

Much like the banker said to Walt Disney…

You want me to put those lambs where? And so the saga begins…

Lambs at the feed troughEach year we raise lambs. Many are butchered here by our Saudi students at SUU for their personal use. When necessary, some are taken to Cedar City Auction or to Custom Meat Shop for private customers. That’s where the story really begins…

You want me (well, really us) to put three better than 100 pounds each ram lambs into our trailer, so we can take them to the butcher. Somehow this just doesn’t play out in my mind with a successful ending.

Hang with me as I play this in my mind…

Let’s talk about this trailer. It’s a custom job made from recycled parts. The bed is from an old pickup truck. The real problem is that the cap is welded on.

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Eight reasons to put our premium lamb on your dinner table

Market LambsWe have four awesome, luscious lambs available for custom butcher.

Here’s why you should by our lamb.

  • We raise our lamb without antibiotics or other medications.
  • Our lambs are 100% locally cut alfalfa-fed.
  • We have shelter available ALL the time, so they can get out of the sun.
  • You get premium quality meat at farmer-direct prices
  • Our animals do not eat corn of any kind.
  • Our lambs for market are raised “au natural” meaning we don’t dock tails or testicles. That eliminates undo pain and stress.
  • You get a five-month-old animal that weighs at least 100 lbs, perfect growth rate for tender meat.
  • We deliver your animal to the processor at no extra charge.

Our lambs are $200 per animal. Your butcher/cut and wrap cost is $73 (paid to Custom Meat Shop).

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Beefmaster Bucky meets his heifer

Bucky arrivesEarlier this week, the Hafen’s delivered their young breeding bull. His name is “Bucky” and he’s pure Beefmaster.

We’ll have him here for about a month to ensure he breeds Coco. She’s just 14 months old, so it’s her first time through this process. She’s part Beefmaster, so we’re really expecting a nice baby. Would really be nice if they produced a little bull calf.

Bucky the bull



It was so funny when we put him into her pen. She wanted no part of him, running to the farthest corner possible. There wasn’t any feed around, but that didn’t keep him from carefully inspecting the entire pen and her bucket, just in case…

We had purposely kept Chewy, Border Collie farm dog, in the house. The last thing we wanted was for her to try to herd him until he got acquainted with his new surroundings,

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We’re between crops!

So sorry, we won’t be at the Cedar City Downtown Farmer’s Market this week.

We’re between crops. Our summer crops are pretty much finished, and our fall crops aren’t quite ready.

So, what’s in the fall crops?

We’ll have leeks, turnips, tomatillos, more beets, and more squash. Also, we may have some potatoes. They’re pretty popular with Mom, so will only bring what she doesn’t want. Oh, and our tomatoes are finally ripening.

Watch for new recipes, as we’ll also have plenty of green tomatoes.

With the high price of pork, we have the best deal going. Order your winter pork from us. We hand-raise your hog with high quality natural foods. Your hog is sheltered from rough weather and carefully fattened for your freezer.

Cost of your whole hog is $425 (plus about $110 for cut and wrap).

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  • Goats helping photographer
    Hey, we'd love to help you take your pictures.
  • Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014
    Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014.
  • Cindy feeding Chaffhaye
  • working in the kitchen
    Bev recording milk weights, Shari stirring the Cajeta
  • The first two little doelings.
    The first two little doelings.
  • Mom with Thor
    Mom is cuddling our new buckling, Thor.
  • cargo trailer
    Our Farmer's Market cargo trailer.
  • Hand digging trench
    Shari pitches in and digs up broken water line.


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