Dear Friends and Partners,
Welcome to Alderspring’s weekend edition newsletter! Thank you for partnering in what we do!
Below you can find our featured deals, Glenn’s weekly story, and a suite of pics about work on the ranch this week!
This Week’s Story: “How Alderspring Relates to Arctic Reindeer”
Weekend flash deal: 10% off wild hunter and sockeye salmon.
Plus this week’s coupon cuts: 10% off 3Fs (Family Freezer Filler) and the 3F steak special, eye of round roast, brisket, and top sirloin.
Scroll down for Glenn’s weekly story and updates from the ranch this week!
A QUICK SUMMARY OF THIS WEEK’S FEATURED CUTS:
Remember, only you newsletter readers have access to these discounts!
Next shipping day is February 20th! Get your order in by Sunday at midnight to have it shipped the next day.
FLASH DEAL FOR THIS WEEKEND ONLY! 10% off wild hunter and sockeye salmon.
And this week (until Sunday the 19th at midnight MST) you can save 10% on the following cuts:
- Refresh your winter freezer fare with both the regular 3F and steak special 3F packages.
- Eye of round roast for a February warmup.
- Don’t pass up on another brisket deal.
- Top sirloin steaks to top it off and get the snow off your grill.
Restock again on sixteenths. Find them and all this week’s cuts by clicking the button below.
If you have any questions, observations, or comments, just send Kelsey an email at help[at]alderspring[dot]com.
This week on the ranch…
Melanie took the above photo during Caryl’s talk at the Society for Range Management Annual Conference this week. Caryl’s talk focused on inherding–our process that we developed to live and shepherd our beeves over 650 miles to wild grasslands over the summer. We’ll be doing it again in just a few months with a new crew of interns, eager to learn and ready to work.
Montana, one of the crew on the ranch in the Lemhi valley (one mountain range over) took the photo above and the photo below. That’s Jed feeding the beeves we have wintering over there off the hay wagon. Below is a scene from the shop at the lease ranch – Montana came out to try his hand at some welding projects with Jeremiah.
Caitlin took the above photo, just a few minutes from the lease ranch on a hike into the foothills of the Pahsimeroi. We are surrounded by the coolest country – if only these rocks could talk – the stories and sights they could covey.
Quote of the Week
“For if one link in nature’s chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish by piecemeal.”
This week’s story: “How Alderspring Relates to Arctic Reindeer”
“How do you manage to keep 500 head of cattle together and eating across 47,000 acres of mountain pasture without the use of fencing? Could you share the techniques you employ to get your cattle to gain weight in such a setting?”
Talk about a loaded question. It was one of the audience questions on a panel discussion this past week directed at me.
Caryl and I spoke at the Society for Range Management Annual Conference this week. Caryl’s talk focused on inherding–our process that we developed to live and shepherd our beeves over 650 miles to wild grasslands over the summer.
I was on a producer panel that related unique hacks to ranching that made us not only profitable (a tough nut to crack in today’s ranch world) but also ecologically restorative. Four other ranchers from the West and I fielded audience questions, and the above was one of them.
I call the question loaded because it would take much more than an elevator pitch to convey a sense of what we do. I basically told that to the gentleman, but related that it had to do with husbandry–a sensitivity and respect for the bovine mind as an animal with a long standing status as a prey item built into their genome. We’d have to spend time “counseling” cattle that we receive to be comfortable with our presence and, equally importantly, pair them with cattle who had already been with us for a summer on the high ranges.
It’s a pretty nuanced premise, really, but it works. It takes years to develop the feel for these animals, and understand how they think–what stresses them–and what creates release and relief for them.
In considering all of this, I recalled a story I posted years ago about how the exact opposite is more often the case, and how we sometimes receive cattle from ranches that most likely have very little practice in the quiet of handling cattle. That’s what this story is about. I hope you enjoy coming with me to central Montana where black Angus is king.
Read the story on our blog by clicking below!
And that’s it for this week!
Thanks again for partnering in what we do!
Glenn, Caryl, cowgirls and cowboys at Alderspring.
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