Beef

Grass Fed Beef

Our herd of beef animals is steadily growing. They serve several purposes on the farm utilizing parts of the farm where the soil is only suitable to grow grass.  Well managed grazing has been shown to increase the health of the soil, sequester carbon, and in some parts of the world is one of the best keys to mitigate climate change.  

How we Feed Our Cows

Our cows are fed grass and other forages.  They occasionally get a veggie treat but we do not feed grain to the cows.  They are herbivores with a ruminant digestive system which means their bodies are designed to eat grass - not grains.  In the wild, the ancestors to cows and other similar type animals traveled in large herds utilizing the forages very effectively and building soil fertility.  The Bison on the plains of North America created some of the richest farmland in the world as they grazed in large herds.  It is not possible for us to simulate this exactly, but we can come close by moving them onto fresh pasture routinely.  This gives them a balanced diet and fresh grass allowing them to grow quickly in a healthy manner and allowing the grass the rest period needed to sustain healthy vigorous regrowth.

 

The Purpose of the Cows on the Farm

Our farm has about 90 acres of land that are best suited to grazing.  The cows are on the farm to do this work for us and utilize these areas of the farm plus help to clean up vegetable crop residues left from the summer crops.  We chose beef cows because they are relatively easy to care for and to fence in.  They do their work without taking away too much time from our core operation which is the vegetables for our boxes and roadside stand.

 

This photo was taken September 3 of a calf that is only about 4 months old.  Even though born later in the season than at most farms, they grow very quickly and look great on the fresh grass and open air of pasture.

 

 

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