High Water, High Rates and High Hopes

Published on 2 June 2023 at 14:07



And just like that, summer was here!

The Western United States got a lot of water this year.  And while it has not been so good for flyfishing it has been a huge blessing for many of the cattle ranchers, especially here in California.  

With all that rain came some of the best pasture grasses we have seen since we have been here.  All the wells, creeks and rivers got recharged and the trees all got a good long drink of water.  It was a welcome sight after three years of drought.  With plenty of grass this year, some water still flowing in our little creek and a happy herd, it’s shaping up to be a great summer. 

I did manage to sneak into Oregon and fish the Owyhee River for a few days last week.  



On Sunday we will be taking a load of our cattle and calves to the 101 Livestock Auction yard.  If you ever want to see a livestock sale, have a cold beer and an awesome burger for lunch, try this place on a Monday.  101 Livestock Market Aromas, CA.  It’s right in our backyard here on the Central Coast and it takes me back to when I was young, and my dad would take us to the Roseville and Dixon CA auction yards.  Neither of those two auction yards are around these days but the 101 is as good as it gets.  This is a wonderful resource for big and small ranchers alike.  Tell Jeannie and Jim, I sent you.




Here's Dad a couple weeks ago on his ranch.  Not too shabby for 84 years old.



We sold out of our beef this last April.  With our growing list of customers and bigger demand from consumers to know where their food comes from these days, we will be selling out early for 2024.  So, get on our list early if you are interested.  

This is our Two-Inch-Thick Porterhouse Steak – plenty for two or my brother-n-law.




Anyone living in a rural area between Mendocino and San Luis Obispo California know about wild boars.  They are everywhere on the Central Coast and our ranch, and the surrounding area are no exception to this.  They do seem to be everywhere ……………. except when you are looking for them of course.  Here are some fun facts on wild boars 25 Bizarre And Fun Facts About Wild Boars - Tons Of Facts

We will have a dozen of our family and friends join us this weekend to make about 150 pounds of wild boar sausage.  Our son Jared has been experimenting with various sausages, snack sticks and jerky the last few years and has come up with some great recipes.  The menu for the weekend will include JNB Ranch burgers on Friday and a BBQ of Tri Tip, Chicken, Ribs and of course fresh wild boar sausage on Saturday.   We will break out a few bottles of Sal Rombi’s Cabernet Sauvignon to wash it all down.  If you are ever in Carmel Valley Village, Rombi Tasting Room is a must stop.  Rombi Estate Wines - Carmel Valley Road Company.  A long-time family friend and one of the first Realtors I met when I started in mortgage banking.  We had the chance to stop and see Sal at his tasting room on Mother’s Day and picked up a case of our favorites. 

A special meal – JNB Ranch Tomahawk Steak and a Bottle of Rombi Cab






Oh yeah, those high rates……………. With many years as a mortgage banker, I can tell you that they are not that high.  Average rates since the 70’s have been around 7.5% so we are still doing alright historically.  Waiting for the prices to drop, stop listening to your uncle Lucious (nothing to do with rates, just like the song) Uncle Lucius - Keep The Wolves Away (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) - Bing video  .  Anything you buy now will be more in 10 years and you will be kicking yourself for “waiting”.  And stop thinking about your house as an “investment”, it’s a home where you plant a garden, raise kids, and become a part of community.

Have a wonderful summer and we will catch up soon -

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