Raising grassfed beef in Southern Ohio has its perks. Long growing season from April to November, with mild winters where the cattle can graze stockpiled forage from December to March. We raise our cattle at our home farm, plus land that we lease that’s roughly a mile away. We utilize the old western method of cattle drives, where we lead the cattle from one farm to another to give the soil time to rest, and grow!
Our cattle graze on native Ohio grasses, along with planted grasses such as fescue and winter annuals, after our pastured hogs have fertilized the soil and prepped the ground using their god given four wheel drive and plow.
We manage our cattle in the summer by moving them daily to a new paddock. A paddock is simply an untouched spot in the pasture that we have set up to a specific size for our herd using polywire, geared reels, and step in posts. This method allows us to move the cattle easily, as they are trained to the wire and we can also adjust the size of the paddocks with our herd size.
During the winter, we continue to move our cattle but at a slower rate. We optimize our stockpiled forage that has grown in the warmer months to feed the cattle, along with round bales of hay. Hay is made from the stems, leaves, and seed heads of plants that are fresh. It is cut and baled when it has the most nutritional value, and is fed to livestock.
At around 2 years of age our cattle are ready to be transported to the USDA inspected butcher. We load, transport, and unload every animal on our farm ourselves and we choose a facility that is known for humane handling, cut consistency, dry aging, and as a bonus - they are a small, family owned business that cares for their customers. We transport the frozen beef cuts back to our farm where we store it until it is shipped to you!