This is the beginning…

Greetings from all of us at the Colvin Ranch. Many of you have expressed an interest in what we do here at the Colvin Ranch, which has led us to write our first email newsletter, Cattle Tales. I thought this may be a good way to answer questions you may have, talk about issues that affect us and livestock farming, and hopefully have a little fun along the way.

 A couple ground rules: If at any time you do not wish to receive this email, that’s fine – just send me an email requesting that you be removed from the newsletter. Don’t worry, I won’t be offended. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about our ranch operations, how our cattle are raised or handled, or about issues affecting farming and ranching. We’d also like to hear suggestions on how we can better serve you – all comments are appreciated. I do not plan on doing this on a set schedule, so I can respond to ideas or questions as they come up. 

 To get started…We are a family owned and operated cattle ranch located in south Thurston County, Washington, near the small town of Tenino (pronounced “T-9-O” or “Ten-I-No”). I believe we are the oldest operation in the county still owned by the original family. My great-great grandfather came here in 1851 from Boone County, Missouri and homesteaded on the land. We are still here, still raising cattle, but the way things are done has changed tremendously over the last 150 years, which we’ll talk about in future Cattle Tales.

 Thank you for reading, and if you have questions or comments, just respond to this email. We wish you and your families much joy and happiness in the New Year!

 Fred Colvin

Jan. 5, 2009

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