Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Enjoying Raising Cattle

 Many of you know that my husband and I raise Angus beef and sell the meat.
We fertilize the pasture and water it in summer. We buy sacks of grain two months before butchering and feed it to our cattle for extra flavor. This year my husband invested in a used sprinkler system for the pasture.
We raise excellent beef. Our animals have a large range of healthy pasture and sunshine. With high quality hay in winter.  They are hormone free and antibiotic free.
Blessings, Kathi
"Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor." Romans 13:7

10 comments:

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Kevin and I have made a rule, if we possibly can, to never do business or loan money to friends, family, or church members. I'm sorry to say, it has never ended well for us either. A church friend of Kevin's bought tires and some other car parts from him a year ago, right before his daughter got married. He asked Kev if he could pay him in a couple of months, after the wedding. A year later, the opportunity arose that Kev could mention it to him without it being too awkward, and the guy was really offended and talked ugly about Kev to other friends. This is just one of many incidents...most of the time, we just let it go so there will be no hard-feelings. But that's not right either, and hurts financially.

I so feel for you! The deposit sounds like a great idea, and maybe ask that the rest be payed on delivery. I pray that it works out for ya'll! The cattle are beautiful! My grandparents raised cattle when they were living and there was nothing like fresh homegrown beef! :)

onlymehere said...

Sadly, this is how you have to conduct business. I still have family members who have never paid me for things that cost me money up front and so I ended up in the hole. Some dear friends never paid us for work we did and we ended up losing these friends over it. I don't think this is unreasonable, especially in hard times bz people will put off paying those who they know will let them slide. You have a family to provide for and this is your livelihood so please don't feel guilty asking them repeatedly for the money. My daughter is a photographer and has to have people pay her up front for weddings now due to people not paying her on the day of the wedding and in some cases not paying her at all and then getting mad at her for not giving them the pictures or the copywrite. It's a tough situation you're in but I know your new course of deposits and payment on delivery is the right one. Most companies I know work that way. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Kathi,

Sorry to hear that happened to you... it sounds like your new policy is the best course of action to take. When I was in Oregon the price for top grade, grass fed, organic beef was $4.99 per pound and in CA is $6.99- $8.99 I would say your prices are unbeatable!!! I love the flavor of 90/10 grass and grain fed..it's the best for Tacos!

Wade

adsgram said...

Sad that you feel the way you do, Kathi, but you are totally justified. People who take advantage of friendship are the worst because you never want to believe it happens. Your new policy makes good sense and anyone who doesn't pay just will have to go to the butcher and pay top money! You can bet he won't get sob stories...he will get the $$!

Make your day a good one...

Lynne

Elena said...

I think your policy change is great! I feel an honest person would not have a problem with that.

Gina said...

You must change your policy. The deposit can be check because it will have time to clear before delivery. The rest must be cash.
Sadly to say, it is so true about not doing business with friends or family.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathi~

I think your beef prices are very reasonable- I would be happy to pay them! I also think a deposit is very reasonable also. I doubt you will have this trouble with a deposit. We have our own business as well and we could not or would not do it any other way- I think it is a must. I pray that those people will become convicted of not paying what is due and make things right. Blessings to you!

: )

Kerin said...

Integrity. What has happened? Why are there fewer and fewer people that have personal integrity.
Doing what you say you will do. Being honest in all your dealings. Standing for honesty, and honoring your good name.
Sad that there are grown people that have given up their integrity over some beef ...

Rose of Sharon said...

I think it's just terrible that these people are doing this to you. They should be ashamed. Is there any way you could go collect the remaining meat from their freezers? I am glad you are changing your policy.

I hope they all will pay you soon.

Love, Sharon

Mommyblogger said...

I was just having a convo about this yesterday. A girl I know & her hubby own a business and she was telling me how her hubby was too kind to people. She said he was always discounting or doing free services for others but then when he needed a favor, no one was there. I think it's hard to be a businessman & especially when you have friends as customers. You really do have to seperate your business life from your personal, make rules & stick to your guns. You have to make a living just the same as everyone else!

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