Grass Feed Beef:
There is no substitute. Utilizing the green space we're unable to harvest as hay, and the yard around our house, we eliminate the need to mow our grass. Intensely managed to avoid erosion, the grass blades pulled from the ground by the cattle grazing, promote decay and add to the organic matter in the soil. Since the cattle's digestive system can pass the grass seed through their system in the manure intact, this encourages diversity on the pasture for greater sustainability since some grasses do better or worse with lack of rain. Their efficient digestive systems take in 28 lbs of grass and excrete 50 lbs of manure each day, much of it water. All of this add to the organic and macrobiotic life in the soil eliminating the need for fertilizers, chemicals, and antibiotics. These factors also eliminate the need for huge inputs of fossil fuels needed in the industrial method, of raising crops, hauling the grain to the CAFO, and hauling the waste to a lagoon, which is highly toxic and has enormous amounts of methane (green house gasses).
• Free of hormones
• Free of antibiotics
• Our cattle are always handled humanely
• They are never given hormones, growth-promoting additives, or antibiotics
• The result is delicious, healthy, nutritious beef from our family to yours
• Grass Fed Beef is lower in fat and calories than grain fed beef.
• Grass Fed Beef has about the same amount of fat as skinless chicken, wild deer or elk, and like these other lean meats, it actually lowers your LDL cholesterol levels.
• Grass Fed Beef is also higher in omega 3 fatty acids and much lower in omega 6 fatty acids
• Grass fed beef contains three to five times more CLA (Conjugated linoleum acids) than conventionally fed beef. CLA may be one of our most potent defenses against cancer
• Grass fed beef is also higher in vitamin E.
Naturally Raised Pigs:We do a spring and fall raising of pigs based on demand. The spring/summer batch goes in the cattle shelter after the cattle go out to pasture when the snow melts. The pen is prepared for the pigs thru (should be spelled "through") the winter as it is maintained for the cattle. Shelled corn is spread over the manure each month with fresh bedding added such as straw, hay, wood chips, leaves or which ever is available. This gets trampled into the mix, and by spring creates an anaerobic composition. The pigs are then placed in this sizable pen after the cattle go out to fresh pastures in the spring, and do what pigs love to do, which is use their noses to plow up the anaerobic mix to get the fomented corn which then creates an aerobic composition. The fall/ winter batch go into our High Tunnel garden at the ends of the season. Wood chips and leaves are added and the pigs go to work on tilling the garden, eating the plants, and mixing in the organic matter added .The Pigs are exceptionally clean animals, and will designate a corner as a bathroom, when given the opportunity. The result is a distinctively delicious tasting pork.
St. Joseph, MN 56374