Pasture Raised Grass-fed Beef
Our philosophy for healthy beef is to follow the herbivore patterns in nature. In nature, herbivores mob tightly to protect themselves from predators. Our cows are mobbed up by the use of portable electric fencing. In nature herbivores move daily onto fresh forage and away from yesterdays droppings. Our cows are moved every couple days or more frequently so they can graze on fresh pasture. Moving the cows allows rest periods for the soil and vegetation. Lastly, in nature herbivores eat forage only - no chicken manure, no dead animals, no grain and no fermented forage. Our cows eat forage only. During Michigan's plentiful snow covered months, they are fed locally grown hay. Because our cows are not confined to crowded feed lots, they are not prone to the diseases that require the use of antibiotics. We do not give routine "sub-therapeutic" doses of antibiotics. Soils in the mid-west are deficient in certain minerals, so we give our cows free choice of kelp and sea-salt for minerals for a balanced diet. Sea products have levels of trace elements that closely match levels necessary for health and vitality of our animals. For pest control and sanitation in our pastures, we uses hens and fly traps. This system increases forage density, stimulates earthworms, reduces weeds and pathogens, and increases the nutrition in the meat.