Environmental advantages to grassfed/finished beef
The cattle naturally deposit their urine and feces evenly in the areas they have
grazed, and recycle the nitrogen, and other trace minerals back into the soil,
making a healthy soil profile and requiring little purchased petroleum based
fertilizer. We don't have to use a tractor and manure spreader to clean their
living areas, again a natural way of recycling and saving petroleum based
products. Our lots stay in a grass base so there is very little run off or loss
of soil from mud.
Our philosophy on raising healthy cattle
We do not farm, but strictly raise cattle and the grass and forage they eat. Our
cattle are never fed any grain. The grass season that raises the lush highest
nutrition grasses, that cattle grow and fatten the most rapidly on, is from mid
April to August.
We spend a lot of hours moving cattle between small paddocks or pastures to make
sure they have fresh growing grass for them to eat at all times. We feel cattle
are healthier and happier out being real cows on grass or pasture. Our cows
graze stockpiled grass or portioned out windrowed feed in the winter time as
possible for the supply that the summer's rains have allowed to grow.
We do not shut the weaned calves up in small muddy lots, but allow them to run
and play and find dry spots even when it snows and is muddy. They have
clean hair coats which also makes a clean harvest possible easily and keep them
We use a de-wormer with no withdrawal time that does not harm the dung beetles
in our soil so the fecal pats are rapidly and efficiently recycled. The manure
is removed so there is more grass surface to graze and the nitrogen in the feces
is recycled by the dung beetles in the pasture for natural fertilizers. Since the manure is physically removed
by the dung beetles, fly
populations are naturally reduced as flies have no place to multiply. We also
move cattle frequently so most flies that did hatch will stay on the old pasture
and die, and the cattle are less stressed by flies biting them.
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