We like to say we are "Raising Kids and Cows on Fresh Air and Sunshine!". Read on to see what this means to us.
The beef we sell is from grass-fed cattle We have developed our herd using Angus, Luing, and Longhorn bloodlines. We raise them on pasture in the summer and forage diets in the winter. Their pasture is closely managed and we move the herds often. We practise "mob-grazing", where a large group of cattle graze a small area of grass for a short amount of time. This ensures efficient grazing and prevents the cows from finding their favourite plant and over-grazing it. This helps productive grasses to continue to grow in the healthy soil, and the good grasses fill in all the places where weeds would usually grow.
The cattle have free access to fresh, cool, and clean water through alleyways we have made in the fencing system.
The cattle we choose for butchering are generally heifers (a female cow who has not yet had a calf). The group of heifers is pregnancy-tested after breeding season, and the ones that did not get pregnant are kept back as butcher animals. The heifer is 2.5 years old when she is ready for butchering. All of our butcher animals are raised without the use of growth hormone implants and antibiotic medicines.
We practise low-stress livestock handling, which uses body positioning and patience to work with the cattle.
In the past, we have also raised chickens, turkeys, and pigs. We no longer offer these products but we are happy to discuss our production practices with curious friends and interested producers!
Kalevi & Justine Lustig
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