Beef, cattle, Events, Texas Beef Council, Texas CattleWomen, Tribe, Women In Ranching

Walking Across Texas!

Texas CattleWomen, what exactly is it?  Have you ever heard of it before?  Well, guess what, if you haven’t, now is the time! We are making waves across Texas and working to get new local chapters started in Texas.  Texas CattleWomen isn’t just an organization that loves beef and promotes the beef industry.  It is a sisterhood.  It is a place to meet lifelong friends, not only from your local area but across the state and the nation.  There is a place for everyone in Texas CattleWomen, there is only one requirement, that you love beef!  We have been working hard to set up informational sessions. This past weekend, I was able to participate in one in San Angelo, Texas.  I am thrilled to say that the ladies were excited about the idea of starting a chapter down there and have jumped on board.  Concho Valley CattleWomen will be having their first informational meeting on September 29th.  This meeting will hopefully lead to the start of their new chapter. Be sure to spread and share the word so that the Concho Valley CattleWomen can get off to a great start!

ConchoValley CattleWomenWe have more informational sessions coming up in the following weeks.  Georgetown, Stephenville, and Cleburne we are coming your way!  Are you an at-large Texas CattleWoman member and interested in starting a chapter in your area?  Are you new to Texas CattleWomen and have not joined yet but would like some more information?  You have come to the right place! Reach out to Texas CattleWomen or Casey Matzke @ caslmatzke@gmail.com and we can set up a meeting!  They normally take place at a restaurant and are free of charge, except for your meal.  However, we are always up for new ideas and places to go!

Be on the lookout for our events coming up this Fall. Women In Ranching will be having a ranch tour in October.  We will also be hosting our Fall Convention in October as well! The Fall Convention will be held in Austin this year at the Texas Beef Council offices.  If you have not been to a Fall Convention before, make plans to attend! This will be a great facility and a terrific way to meet CattleWomen across the state.

Are you attending Beef Cattle Short Course this year?  Arriving in College Station Sunday Evening?  Come out and join the Texas Aggie CattleWomen Steak Dinner and Dance.  The event is held at the Hall of Champions at Kyle Field.  Tickets are $45 a piece and doors open at 4:30, with dinner at 5:30.  Wynn Williams will be the entertainment this year along with a great silent auction.

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See you in Austin!

Texas CattleWomen Vice President – Casey Matzke

Beef, cattle, Texas CattleWomen, Women In Ranching

Women In Ranching

CLV_4550_The Texas CattleWomen hosted their first “Women In Ranching” event last weekend at the NRS Store in Decatur, Texas.  This place is superb and if you have never been there, you need to check it out.  The day started out on Saturday morning with Dr. Ron Gill doing a cattle handling demonstration.  If you have never seen Dr. Gill work cattle you should make a date to watch him.  It is quite phenomenal to see him work cattle and how easy it can be done doing it stress free.  He was able to work cattle on horseback as well as on foot while running them through the chute.

Dr. Morgan Russell then gave a presentation on drought awareness.  This was a key presentation as we get into the summer months.  The ladies were able to enjoy lunch before they split up into three groups and participated in hands-on training.

CLV_4798One group was able to sit through a fencing presentation given by Dr. Jason Banta.  This was very important if you have ever been “That” lady in the pasture that needed to know how to fix the fence.  While this was going on, another group was able to learn how to give vaccinations.  This is a must if you are going to give vaccinations as most packers will knock off the price of cattle if they are not vaccinated in the right place.  While you may not sell directly to packers, the people you do sell to most likely do and pay attention. I am sure they keep records of how well their cattle are doing.  So, in the long run, giving shots in the wrong areas  and the wrong way only hurts you and the industry in the long run.

The third group was able to go through the processing phase, which also included castration.  It was very interesting to watch the ladies perform this task.  Some ladies where used to the process and it was just like any other day. Others? Well they may not have been too sure about it.  The groups were able to rotate and experience each group and participate as much as or less as they wanted too.  The evening was concluded with a steak dinner as well as a presentation given by Mr. Jimmy Curtis from Cattle Max.

CLV_4652Sunday morning started out with a moving sermon done by Mrs. Woods at Cowboy Church.  A marketing demonstration was then given by Decatur’s own Kimberly Irwin.  This was spectacular and very knowledgeable as people continue to market their calves differently.  To finish off the weekend, there was a panel discussion with three key ladies in the industry.  Kim Sexton-Yates, Terry Stuart-Forst and Linda Jordens-Galayda.  Each of these ladies have different operations and they run their ranches differently.  It was incredible to watch them and listen to them answer the questions with different viewpoints.  It was very informative and I learned a couple of good ways to find lease pasture.  This program was without a doubt one of the best that I have attended.  I am so thankful that I got to be one of the coordinators of the event.  We have already begun working on the Fall ranch tour as well as some new ideas for the Spring.  Did you attend the event? Give us some feedback on what you liked.  If you are interested in attending an event in the future give us some feedback on what you would like to see.

 

Casey Matzke – Texas CattleWomen Vice President

Beef, cattle, Texas Beef Council, Texas CattleWomen, Tribe

The Grilling 101 – CattleWomen Style

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What is there better to do than grill a steak on a beautiful Texas afternoon?  Texas CattleWomen had a wonderful day at the Texas Beef Council Office.  We had CattleWomen members from various chapters across the state get together to experience the one and only Grilling 101.  If you have never experienced Grilling 101, this is a must.  I highly suggest you jump on the next opportunity when this amazing program is offered.

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Grilling 101 is broken down into different sections; In one section you are shown some tips on how a newer/better method at grilling can be achieved.  In another part, you actually get to cook our own steak and the whole time you are learning and engaging in new techniques.  For instance, did you know that it is not wise to use a grill brush?  The bristles of the brush can break off when you are trying to clean the grill.  If they are not caught, they can stay stuck on the grill and then in turn get into your meat.  This is not good at all and can cause some serious problems if ingested.  Another option is to use foil.  Take some foil and roll it into a big ball and scrap the grill off with that.  Make sure to do this after you have let the coals burn down a little bit.  After you use the foil, you can get an onion and cut it in half.  Some of the H-E-B’s have an onion holder for this specific reason. You can attach the onion at the end of the grilling cleaner and it will help you clean the grill.

IMG_2112Did you know that you are supposed to cook your steaks at 400 degrees?  How do you know the temperature if you do not have a temperature gauge?  Well, if you hold your hand four inches above the coals and you can hold it there for four seconds then you are going to be pretty darn close to 400 degrees.

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There were many more interesting things we were able to learn.  It is also very fascinating to learn how other CattleWomen Grill as well.  Are you interested in doing a Grilling 101 at your local chapter?  Be sure to reach out to the officer team if you think this would be a great idea for your chapter.  No matter how much of an expert you may be, I bet you could still learn something new.

Texas CattleWomen Vice President – Casey Matzke