We moved to our current location with access to pasture in 1997. We thought about getting some cows but the idea of raising commodity beef just didn’t seem appealing. Attending the 2002 Nebraska Grazing Conference, I had the chance to hear some outside of the box presentations concerning cattle production. Here were some ideas that did sound appealing, raising livestock in a manner that was beneficial to the land, animals, community and pocket book.
As we investigated cattle production my health took a turn for the worse with acid reflux bouts. Digestive health complications are a huge problem in this country. Researching cattle production and health issues at the same time resulted in some interesting paths crossing. If the plants and meat you consume were raised on healthy soil, you too will be healthy.
A number of things fell into place for us to make a start:
- available underutilized land
- desire to raise cattle
- a new understanding of managing cattle in a sustainable manner
- calling to produce healthy food for ourselves and community
We are on a journey to improve soil and forages that will result in producing healthy animals adapted to this place and our management. Just like a fine wine is specific to a certain vineyard, we are creating gourmet grass-fed beef unique to our farm.
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