We raise our Limousin, Angus and Charolais steers on naturally fertilized and regularly rotated pastures of native grasses. We use no antibiotics, steroids, growth hormones or other chemical products.
We follow an adaptive grazing pattern of daily rotation throughout most of the year for our “naturally raised and gently tended” Angus/Charolais cross steers.
Mother Nature never intended cows (or other ruminants) to eat corn and other grains. Our steers therefore graze on a diversity of native grasses and forbs that are never treated with herbicides or chemical fertilizers. We occasionally provide the steers with high-quality hay and a non-grain feed prepared specially for our farm.
We never give our animals steroids or growth implants, nor antibiotics, unless an emergency requires it to save a life. We also have learned that by rotational grazing with daily moves plus simple remedies like apple cider vinegar and Basic H to drinking water, we rarely have to use chemical de-wormers. When we do have to, we use Moxidectin, which is less harmful to the inconspicuous but valuable dung
Whether providing easy access to deep well water or no-stress daily handling of the steers, we always try to follow farmer and writer Wendell Berry’s sage and safe dictum for our animal care:
I dislike the thought that some animal has been made miserable to feed me. If I am
going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded
life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.
— Wendell Berry, from “What Are People For?”