We chose to raise all of our animals on pasture using an intensive rotational grazing method for many reasons. Foremost being the quality of life it provides for the animals and farmers, and as a direct result, the quality of product for our customers.
With careful planning and some farmer ingenuity, we use a system of portable electric fences and mobile livestock housing, or "tractors", to gradually move our animals through a series of paddocks that subdivide our larger fields. This has a regenerative effect on our pastures - improving soil health, grass quality, and reducing pest pressure.
A great example of the benefits of rotational grazing can be seen where our laying hens follow our sheep. Our sheep graze down grass that is too tall for the chickens to comfortably scratch through. As the sheep eat, they drop manure on the field and eventually move on. We then give that paddock few days to rest before bringing on the hens. Our hens nibble on fresh pasture growth but get the most enjoyment from scratching apart the sheep’s manure. Many pests get their start in life in our livestock's manure. When the hens scratch apart this manure they disrupt the lifecycle of the pests and greatly reduce the population in our fields. Through their scratching, the hens also make the manure's nutrients more available to the roots of our pasture grasses. After the hens move on, the grass will grow back thicker, more resilient, and with more nutrition the next time it is grazed.
Our animals get to spend their lives happily munching on green fields with plenty of open space and fresh air. When animals are happy and relaxed they are healthier - just like us! Healthy animals grow well and produce their highest quality products. And where the livestock live, so to do the farmers. Even on the rainiest days, we much prefer working outside to being in a cramped barn or feedlot. When the farmers are happy, the animals are happy, and the whole farm runs more smoothly.
We are delighted for the opportunity to share our pastured meat, eggs, and wool with y'all and hope our joy in the fields brings you joy in your kitchens and homes.