The farmer uses his pitchfork to move hay, straw or other materials from one place to another. Much like the pitchfork our blog is designed to throw ideas, stories, advice, and our experience from us to you. I hope that you find this blog educational, entertaining, and practical as you spend a day or so on our farm.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Management Intensive Grazing is a large part of making our grassfed beef program work. With MIG we can utilize less acreage for grazing with a higher number of animals per acre. We can also give the grass a rest between grazing and allow it to regrow to optimum grazing height (6"-10"). At this height the animals eat it like candy and it gives the animals the most feed value. When deciding on our cattle stock we wanted a heritage breed that was old genetics, had disease resistance, pinkeye resistance, and other natural immunities since we are not using antibiotics, hormones, or other medications. We also wanted a breed that would graze and gain weight on marginal pastures without the use of grain. This creates a lean, healthy, and tasty meat product that has a proven tract record and is accomplished naturally on a grassfed diet. That is why we decided on a Longhorn/Angus cross for our cattle breeding stock. The Longhorn has a tremendous track record in established resistances, good grazers in marginal conditions, great mothers, lean flavorful meat, and a phenomenal heritage. When you couple the Longhorn genetics with the Angus we feel like you get a winning combination; all the benefits of the Longhorn along with the established marketing of the Angus breed, creating a lean, full flavored meat animal that fits a grassfed beef program.