Grassfed and Pastured Livestock
We feel that animals should be raised in environments that suite the natural instincts of the animals. Our sheep and cattle are raised on pasture and our pigs live in the woods during the warm months year. They are all breeds that are suited to and bred for life on pasture. Our beef, pork and lamb products are certified Animal Welfare Approved. This means we meet the guidelines for humane treatment of animals at the farm and that the processing facilities also treat the animals humanely. Each year our farm and the processing facilities are inspected to make sure we continue to meet the standards. We are proud of this stamp of approval.
The pigs are a mixed breed of Hampshire (pink) and Tamworth(red). They live in the woods in the summer months and can root around in the soil and wallow in mud baths. The pigs are fed an organic grain mix along with vegetables from the farm. In the winter the sows live in our greenhouse barn in a deep bed of straw for warmth. Their piglets are born in early February.
The Katahdin and Katahdin/Dorper cross sheep are raised entirely on grass. These two breeds are hair sheep which means they don't produce a heavy wool coat and therefore do not need to be sheared. They shed their wool like goats in the spring. They are hearty breeds that do well on pastures, are easy lambers, and good mothers. In the warm months they graze over our 30 acres of permanent pasture, moving to a new paddock every three to four days. In the winter they also live in the greenhouse barn and are fed hay produced on the farm. We have 50 ewes and a few rams. The lambs are usually born in early April.
The Black Angus Beef Cattle are also raised entirely on grass. We have 14 cows that calve in the early spring. They have access at all times to a barn for shade and shelter and can freely move between the barn and their pasture. The beef herd is also rotationally grazed. Right now we are grazing them on land we just started renting to return some needed fertility to the land. In the fall the calves from the previous spring have reached their slaughter weight and are sent to the same Animal Welfare Approved processing facility that we use for the sheep and pigs.
We offer beef, lamb, and pork shares to add to your vegetable share. Look for the Meat Share forms on the community pages under 'CSA Membership' above. Periodically, we have cuts available for order under 'Our Products'.