We have a small herd of Simmental cattle. Our herd dates over 25 years. Our current cows are descendants of Curtis' 4-H cows. We take pride watching the herd expand from one generation to another. We select our cattle based on quality conformation, growth, and personality.
The cattle are raised on pasture and finished on grains. They are humanely treated. They are not given any added hormones or steroid. On the rare occasion, our cattle receive antibiotics only if it is deemed necessary for the well being of the animal.
We believe in giving the cattle fresh grass to eat during the summer and good quality hay in the winter. They are then finished on grains or screenings.
Our Farm Practices
We believe in caring for the land. The land is our backbone providing nutrients, shelter, and water. The quality of the water, wetlands, trees, and soil health not only affects us but also the area and its residents. We therefore believe in using sustainable cattle farming practices. Every aspect of our business has been scrutinized for sustainability. We have adopted land management practices (see below for details), recycle materials and use them in the farming operation (e.g. reusing and building feeders, shelters etc), and use screenings from seed cleanings processes (instead of it going to waste) to enhance the overall well-being of the environment.
Every spring / summer, we put the cattle on pasture when the grass has grown into the right maturity stage. Over the years, we have planted many trees throughout the farm. We are now expanding our windbreaks to help protect the soil from wind erosion. These barriers will also protect the cattle from the wind.
There are several environmental sensitive areas including wetlands and riparian areas on our farm. Over the years, we have helped protect these areas by:
Fencing them off and not growing a crop or putting in cattle.
We have been using water systems to keep cattle away from those water sources.
We are now looking at improving these systems to include portable solar watering systems or sustainable alternate.
We have also:
protected marshy areas around the farm.
found the best way to maximize the environment by preserving the most trees.
These changes have resulted:
an increased diverse ecosystem,
higher quantities and varieties of ducks and birds, and
increase plant varieties around the farm.
As a result, we were recently awarded Parkland County Sustainability Producer of the Year Award for 2018.