In 1979, my Grandfather bought the farm we currently live on. He began farming much the conventional way, planting corn, soybeans, and wheat. In 1989, he began experimenting with cover crops and no-till and discovered he could use less herbicide by planting a cover crop of cereal rye ahead of his soybeans. In 2006, Dad bought the farm and continued to implement cover crops and no-till. Today we are over 90% no-till, use cover crops as much as possible and have almost entirely eliminated our use of roundup, fungicides, and pesticides.
In 2016, I bought my first two cows, began to grow my herd and in 2018, began the transition to grass fed. My cattle are a combination of black Angus and Devon cattle, the Devon breed is a British breed that is known for their quality meat and docile handling. Today our journey continues as we implement regenerative practices and bring livestock back to the land and eliminate our need for chemicals. We believe God created everything interdependent, grass needs soil, soil needs grass, cows need grass, grass needs cows, soil needs cows and you and I need cows. We believe healthy soil is the foundation of our farm. Healthy soil makes healthy nutritious grass, and healthy nutritious grass makes healthy nutritious cattle.
Disking our soil is one of the most destructive thing we can do. When we disk or plow our soils, we break up the web of interdependent roots, microbes, and fungi. This greatly hinders our plants or grass from extracting the minerals and nutrients it needs from the soil, creating a need for synthetic inputs. When we no-till or plant our land in pasture, we begin to break this dependence on chemicals and begin to regenerate our soil and raise healthy, nutritious food.
Our pastures are made up of grasses, legumes, and forbes, what many people consider weeds, but are rich in minerals. They are never sprayed with roundup, pesticides, or fungicides and are only non-GMO plants.
We rotate our cattle to a new pasture at least several times a week, and even up to several times a day. The cattle choose and eat the best part of each plant, trample part of it helping to build organic matter and store carbon, and leave part of the plant behind to help it grow back. Not only do our cows get their nutrients from the grass they eat, but also the all-natural free choice minerals we offer our cows. We use Redmond Agriculture and Independent Salt company minerals, which are both mined from deposits of minerals left behind by dried up lakes.
We also give our cattle non-pasteurized apple cider vinegar, which acts as a probiotic and helps our cattle digest their food. We do not wean our calves till they are at least 10 months old, by this point many are beginning to self wean, this helps our calves stay healthy as they drink their mother's milk and lowers stress on both mother and calf by not needing to go through weaning.
In 2023, out of a desire to expand what we offer our customers and increase the diversity of animals on our farm, we began raising pigs. Our pigs are heritage breeds, Red Wattle and Tamworth, and spend their days grazing on acorns in the forest. Our pigs are pastured year-round and are not fed genetically-modified feed, given antibiotics, or given any added hormones.
We are always looking for new ways that help us raise healthy, nutritious, and humanely-raised beef and pork the way God intended it to be. And we hope you join us as we continue our journey of regenerating our farm and bringing you healthy, nutritious food.