Although I've briefly talked about the ranch, I thought I'd delve a little more into its history. Several people have mentioned they enjoy hearing about the ranch. So here's a little more on the Jenner Cattle Company, three generations working together today, representing 3 of the 5 original generations:
|L-R: nephew Frank; "Great Papa" Jack (91); brother-in-law John; son Matt; hubby Doug; son Nick.|
|The Wagner Saloon in Etna|
|Note the "horse barn" (still a beautiful and historic barn, on the right....).|
|Our oldest son - note the "scrapers" to the left of the hog - 150 years old.|
NOTE: if anyone's interested in the historic and fascinating history of processing pork -- I could do a blog with photos...?
|This is the view from our living room window.|
Today we run 1000+ cows and we've moved from raising Hereford to Angus-cross cattle. We calve in the late fall but since we have FOUR seasons (yes, temps drop to well below zero in the winter and we get snow that often lasts for days or weeks). With the valley floor at 2800 feet and the mountains around us peaking at 9,000 feet, we are a beautiful, green, lush valley. It's no wonder that so many immigrants from Germany and Switzerland made this valley their home.
|In winter, the geese often "skate" along the frozen slough....|
Just this year, Jenner beef is being featured at the new and exclusive Clove & Hoof butcher shop and eatery in Oakland, CA......along with an endorsement by San Francisco's Slow Food group. By expanding what we do, we feel that we can provide for our growing family. With four generations at work now and the next coming on, we hope to maintain our family's rich heritage!
[originally published on prairierosepublicationsblogspot.com]
copyright Gail L. Jenner 2015