Animals have access to pasture year-round, Rotational grazing, Raw Milk Tested Monthly
Grazing, Pasture and Nutrient Management Practices
Our animals have access to pasture 365 days/year.
Hogs and chickens are rotationally grazed using electric fencing to create small paddocks to allow pastures to rest. Cattle are rotationally grazed in existing, hard fenced paddocks and electric tape reels.
We have not added any commercial fertilizers or other amendments to our soil since we purchased the farm in 2003.
We have not used any chemical means of insect or pest management. I do set up fly traps during the heaviest season.
Since our animals are pastured, most manure is allowed to compost in the pasture. Manure that is removed from bedding areas is moved to one of many composters we have or directly added to an area of our garden to compost.
We maintain a small section of our garden for growing beneficial bug mixture and have seen a huge increase in aphid-eating insects and birds since doing so.