We are kicking it up a notch, we only have a few weeks before the gates open for the Fall Festival! We are so excited about the new corn maze (which is incredible) we can't wait for you to come get lost at the Cross E Ranch. There is so much more than the new 14 acer maze.
We have added a new slide, and kiddie train, if you were here this spring perhaps you rode in it. We will be offering horse rides on Fridays and Saturdays, for a little extra, there is so much to see and do at the ranch, make sure to allow enough time.
We have had a great time working with our family, pulling it all together. As Bothers and Sisters, Aunts and Uncles and Nieces and Nephews, we all pitch in. Each one of us brings special talents and unique ideas to the table, the hard part is seeing our limits, usually the bank statements sets the limits.
Each day brings new challenges, but with the support of our family we can tackle whatever comes our way. Sometimes we feel like the the Little Engine that always said "I think I can, I think I can" we say "We know we can, We know we can!" we just hope it doesn't kill us:)
These are the people who make it all possible, minus a few. The Hinckley Family!
,Everyday brings a new adventure, or so it seems. Life farming and ranching is filled with ups and downs, it feels like mostly ups, until you have a real down day. One of our favorite chores is feeding the cattle. This consists of loading 5 huge hay bales onto our flat bed trailer (Big Bubba) tying them down and navigating the busy Salt Lake freeways, eventually we end up on I-80 West bound. A truly magical moment is seeing the horizon dotted with little black specks, as one approaches, it is clear to see the black specks are Black Angus cows. Two days ago everything was going well, the hungry cows crowed around the feed wagon to take their first nibble of the sweet smelling hay. They are not scared of us, and we have a healthy respect for them (1500 pounds can ruin a toe or squish you against the trailer) we keep our eyes open and pay attention. So begins the tossing of the the hay, a flake on this side and a flake to that side and the cows slowly trail behind. We noticed that one of our cows did not get up and follow, this is never a good sign. When the feeding was finished we circled back to check on her. Something was wrong, she could not stand! We tried and tried to get her up. The debate begins, what is wrong? What can we do? What should we do? We bring her water and her own flake of hay. We made calls to the Vet, and checked on her several times hoping she would stand, the conclusion was most likely a broken hip, back or leg. These cattle are our responsibility, we have stewardship over them. It is our job to make sure they are well and healthy. We don't know how accidents like this happen, but they do and when they do, we feel at fault. This animal needed to be put down, it was the only humane choice. We all face challenges, things we would rather not face. We will feel down for a while, but in time we will be having another "up" day. So here's to the "down" days that makes us stop, think and grow, and here's to the "up" days, we aren't grateful enough for. Ranching is a lot of things, fun, exciting, scary, etc., but right now it is hard.
Just a short tribute to my dad: He loved calving. He loved the cows and the calves. Each time I see a new calf on the ground I think of him. I think he must be watching out for us up there somewhere. My girls (the new ranch hands) reminded me of a sweet experience they had with their grandpa.
Grandpa was old and sick, had crippled hands and it would be his last calving season. We were out checking cows and came on to a calf just barely born. The sac was still over the face and grandpa just jumped out of the truck and pulled the sac off, rubbed the calf and got it breathing. My girls were mesmerized. When grandpa came back to the truck he was crying and excited we had saved a calf. It taught my girls a reverence for life. They will always remember the tender feelings there that day.
That is what is amazing about seeing these little calves born and watching their mamas take care of them…it’s the beauty of life….whether a calf or any other creature, it’s beautiful. It makes you value life and all we have.
Written by: Heather Hinckley Limon
You might imagine how nervous we were to throw our first big Fall Festival. We had no idea what to expect. Would people like us? Would they love our farm as much as we do? Could we pull it off? It was scary! As the festival evolved, we realized something spectacular! People are AMAZING! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your graciousness, kindness and excitement you showed us. We all agree, our first annual Cross E Ranch Fall Festival was a HUGE success!
Because things went so well, we have decided to host a number of events this year. We can't wait to see you all again! Some of the things we are working on are a Spring Festival where you can come and meet our baby animals, Summer camps for kids to come work with us and learn the ins and outs of being a farmer, Heritage Festival where you can come and learn about Pioneers, Native Americans and Utah history, and a bigger and better Fall Festival. Follow us on Facebook and instagram for reminders and check our website often for updates.
See you at the farm!!!!
You've probably noticed the occasional house fly this fall just buzzing around your home. If you've been out to the ranch, they've potentially driven you berserk! Flies, mosquitoes, bees, spiders and insects (you know, the ones that just like to lurk and stalk us in the depths of fence posts and old farm equipment) are more common than we'd like to admit out here. For every animal we have, there are 3 million flies (okay, that's an exaggeration but still). As we sat and watched a swarm of the little buggers munching on a piece of carved out pumpkin this morning, we realized how well maintained and fed our little insect friends are. It also made us contemplate how much we adore all of our farm animals and what an honor it is to take care of such amazing creatures. We are proud to admit we take pride in the care we give our animals; feeding them only the best foods, making sure they are clean as well as their homes, evaluating each animal on a daily basis for health and happiness and loving them like they are a member of our family. Our dad loved, really, really loved, his Black Angus Cows and that is a part of his legacy we are deeply motivated to carry on. Come to the farm and let us introduce you to our little animal family. You will leave with a new appreciation for these special creatures that are so well loved!
We had several schools come out today and we had a ball! Everyone loved the hayride, and wanted to know all about our pure bread Angus. We love having children come to the farm and learn all about Ranching and Farming!
Late last night 4 little piglets came to the ranch, hand delivered by Ceci and Olivia, two of the cutest cousins and farmhands around. We all squealed with delight, including the piglets, oh how they can squeal! Pigs are smarter than dogs, in fact they are the the 4th smartest animal on the planet. Humans come in at number 1, primates are number 2, dolphins/whales are 3rd. Pigs can live to be 15 years old, and adult pigs can weigh between 300 and 700 pounds. A mother pig will sing to her piglets while she nurses them. A pig heart can be used for human heart transplants. Pigs are cool!!! Meet Oreo (in the back) Cledus (you can't see his face) Daisy Mae (looking at you) Dotty (you should be able to tell her, her butt is looking right at you).
Wow, this is our first blog post and man are we excited to be bringing you information about us, our farm, and our families! Look to see a story about us on KSL, and Fox 13. We also put together this radio ad that will be running on Sunny 103 and 1430 KLO. Make sure to check back often to see whats new!
You'd think a bunch of kids who's family has farmed for 150 years would know a thing or two about the business. Truth is, as 5th generation farmers, we don't know as much as we should. Lucky for you, we're ready to share our successes and failures with the world. So pop a top, sit back and enjoy as we learn the ins and outs of this ranch life.