Way of Farming
Our free range method operates year round with various management styles being used throughout the year.
Rotationally graze pasture fields with a new strip every 12-48 hours. Cows return to this strip every 3-4 weeks.
What does this method do?
- Increases photosynthesis and deep roots
- Faster recovery
- Increase of forage production
- Trampling organic matter into soil
- Adds freshly digested manure
- Conserves moisture
Two methods are used during the winter months until the spring green flush grass arrives:
- Corn Grazing is used to extend the grazing season into winter.
- Bale Grazing is used throughout the winter across fields that require fertilizer for the next year.
Replacement heifers are kept from cows that meet a high production low maintenance based criteria. They must produce a healthy, unassisted calf that is in the top 5% all the way through to weaning without intervention. This includes:
- No sickness
- No calving issues
- No hoof issues
This results in a genetically superior low maintenance and a profitable herd. Cows that do not meet this criteria are culled by either us or mother nature.
The above methods results in:
- Cattle provide almost all fertilizer requirements.
- Reduction of fossil fuels.
- 60% of feed consumed while still growing, reducing harvest and storage costs
- Fields are naturally manured by the grazing
- Cover crops planted to reduce soil erosion provide an early crop the next spring.
- Reduced tillage and no till methods are also utilized this also assists with reducing fossil fuels and limits exposure to wind and water erosion.