We hope the Christmas season finds each of you happy, healthy, and enjoying family and friends.
Winter has set in at Long Pines Land and Livestock, and what a year 2021 has been - a year of change, challenges and opportunities.
Larry’s passing away in April was a tough blow for us. Sterling manages most aspects of the ranch now, mostly on horseback by choice. Long Pines made huge adjustments due to drought, and Deb took on a new venture in addition to owning the ranch and being the administrator of Preferred Home Health. It’s a year we may never forget.
First off, we want to thank those who have supported us this past year. And we know Larry thanks you, too.
We especially want to thank those who continue to see the value in Irish Black® and Irish Red® cattle with their good mothering and carcass quality. They’ve proven to be Productive, Predictable and Profitable through a tough drought year. With deep culling that included almost a total liquidation of our commercial cows, we’ve trimmed our herd to the heartiest and best, making them even more of an asset to your registered or commercial herds.
We switched to Irish Blacks a long time ago because we liked their moderate size and easy breeding. This year has displayed their value as they have helped us preserve our resources and care for the land through feed efficiency that reduced pasture stress.
Our band of horses has changed as well, with the loss of premier sire Bettin’ Yer Smart, great demand for our prospects and proven mounts, and some drought culling. Long Pines continues to raise horses with quality genetics, solid minds, athleticism and try, resulting in a line that meets the needs of ranch and competition. Our for sale bunch has dwindled dramatically in the past several weeks, but this year’s colts are looking exceptionally promising.
Meanwhile, Deb has gone “over the edge” bringing back a restaurant specializing in U.S. beef and watering hole for the community. Over The Edge, in the center of Camp Crook, SD, will feature as much local produce and proteins as possible, including Long Pines beef. It’s excitng to see the ranch’s breeding program translate directly into taste and tenderness.
Some of the restaurant’s recipes come from Deb’s private stash, like the holiday classics we are happy to share with you this season, when you join our newsletter, where you not only get these recipes, but other exclusive content!
So, as we cherish the overflowing tables and heartfelt emotions the holidays bring, we turn our eyes to 2022. Our herd is better, we have great new horse prospects, the restaurant promises a bright future full of good eats, and our family, friends and customers are more valued than ever.
Here’s wishing you all the Joys of Christmas and Hope for the New Year.
Bless You All,
Deb & Sterling