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Sustainable Ranching & Producing Grass Fed Beef - The Right Way.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


A one-day seminar for ranch owners, ranch managers, grass farmers, grass fed beef marketers and anyone interested in sustainable ranching.


Join Jon Taggart, co-owner of Burgundy Pasture Beef, for a first-hand tour of his operation in Grandview, Texas.  Always a cattle rancher, Jon specializes in raising and finishing exclusively 100% Grass Fed cattle.  Jon has a BBS in Agriculture from Texas A & M University and a Ranch Management degree from TCU. He and his wife Wendy have been producing and marketing Grass Fed Beef for 10 years, and have owned and operated a USDA certified processing facility since 2004.


When: Saturday, October 24, 8:30 am until 3:00 pm, lunch is included


Where: Meet at the Burgundy Pasture Beef store, The Burgundy Boucherie, at 800 McDuff Ave, Grandview, Texas.  From there we will go to the ranch about 4 miles east of the store. Grandview is 30 miles South of Ft Worth, just off I35 W. 


To register go to: or call Burgundy Pasture Beef at 817-866-2247.


The Locavore Dairyman

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Todd Moore's Guernsey at the 2009 Fort Worth Stock Show

Todd Moore's Guernsey at the 2009 Fort Worth Stock Show

The Locavore movement is being promoted in some interesting places.  Last week Plano dairyman Todd Moore (Lavon Farms) hosted the national convention of the American Guernsey Association in Richardson Texas.  The meeting had some unusual events.  Texas was a first as a venue (Todd is one of only four Guernsey farmers in Texas).  The national sale was held on the stage of the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts.  And then there is the locavore connection.  For the gala dinner on Saturday night Todd worked with two Dallas area chefs to create a dinner with  locally sourced ingredients.  The convention also opened the dinner to the public so that folks interested in dairy farming or just interested in learning more about where their food comes from could have dinner with the dairy farmers.

Read a more complete review of the dinner here

Milk price is a huge issue with the farmers.  Todd Moore is trying to find is own solution to that problem.  He turns his milk into his own value-added products.  Todd and his business partner Edgar Diaz own Lucky Layla.  The creamery in Garland turns Todd’s high quality Guernsey and Jersey milk into premium artisan dairy products including a variety of cheese and an awesome drinkable yogurt.  You can find the yogurt at Whole Foods and Central Market.

Greer Farm - Daingerfield Texas

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Texas Blueberries at Greer Farm

Texas Blueberries at Greer Farm

Located near Daingerfield, Texas, Greer Farm is a land of lush pastures and mixed pine and hardwood forests nestled in the slow moving world of Northeast Texas. The Greers raise hay, figs, plums and berries, pine timber and full-blood red and white Maine-Anjou cattle. Their cattle eat only fresh grass and forages and hay. The large pick-your-own berry patch features rows of beautiful blueberry and blackberry plantings.

The Greers are pioneers of Texas agritourismo. Agritourismo started in Italy in the 1980s. Farms become tourist destinations where guests can immerse themselves in local farm culture and way of life. Agritourismo is an emerging idea for Texas but an important one that allows casual visitors to experience the unique, varied and vastly rich Texas farm and ranch culture. The Greers share the fruits of their labor by opening their farm to guests. Day guests can pick berries, tour the farm and buy farmstead produce. Overnight guests can rent one of the log cabins fronting their private lake.

The farm was established in the mid 1800s and still has many original buildings. Since owning the farm, the Greers have preserved many historic features while creating a modern working farm. Through hard work, good stewardship and a clear vision the Greers have created a working farm that is an inviting and relaxing place to visit.