Summer Solstice Connolly Ranch 2016
It is with great regret that we announce that we will not have any sales for this year, 2016, for Connolly Ranch Natural Beef (CRNB). Given the good rains this season, we intended to restart sales this year. But the USDA processing capacity in our area is still limited. In the end we were not able to confirm in time satisfactory arrangements for the level of processing we know our customers want. Therefore, we decided not to offer any direct to consumer sales for 2016. This is a disappointing outcome for us, as we spent time trying to work out the processing details and we want to be able to offer our grass-fed natural Angus beef to our local customers. We will keep working on the processing challenge and, if the stars align, hope we can make it happen in 2017. Thank you for coming back next season.
With this season’s rain, the feed is in better condition than during the last four drought years. We are currently assessing if we will be able to offer our locally raised, grass fed, natural Angus beef this season. The determining factor is available USDA facilities to process the beef for direct to consumer sales. We do not yet know the weight or price parameters, other than we would likely only be able to offer bulk orders of a half side. We will post and send an email update by June 22, 2016 with more information. Thank you for your patience.
It is with regret to report that given the continuing severe drought we will not be selling any direct to consumer natural grass fed beef for the 2015 season. If the weather shifts to a more normal pattern in 2016 we hope to restart sales next Spring. Thank you for your continued interest in Connolly Ranch Natural Beef. It makes us look forward to getting back to more normal operations and being able to again offer great locally raised, natural, grass-fed beef.
Spring is here and with it comes the beautiful California Poppies! While we were hopeful at the beginning of the rainy season that this year would bring the rain we so desperately need, we have not had the storms for which we hoped. Our fingers are still crossed for spring rain however, and we will announce by the end of April if we will be selling our natural beef direct to consumers.
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Another season has started and we are hoping for a good year. The early December rains were a start, but more is needed. The drought is not over, in spite of the “storm of the decade” (not). We will have to see how the rest of the season goes before deciding about sales in 2015. We will let you know around May 1st!