|Q: Why is your food expensive?|
Our food is more expensive than the products you will find in the grocery store due to the fact that we are working hard to create the “perfect food” for our customers. Our food is gourmet, humanely raised, organic, nutrient dense and sustainably grown.
In terms of the actual market price of our food, one should consider the cost of raising and producing our animals in the manner in which we do. Our practices are very labor intensive, as we move our animals around the pastures daily and require a longer growing period due to our slow growing and heritage genetics.
Our organic feeds are substantially higher in cost in comparison to conventional feed (often times double) and current processing regulations that are geared towards larger scale operations, inflates our cost of production. All of these factors are incorporated into the end price of our foods.
From a cost analysis standpoint, we do not find our foods to be expensive, as you can see here. We encourage our customers to spend more quality time in the kitchen and around the dinner table with friends and family.
|Q: Why do you raise grass-fed and pasture-raised animals?|
Raising animals on grass allows them to live in harmonious relationship with the land. When rotationally grazed, our animals rejuvenate and create healthy living soils, creating nutrient dense forage. This grass is converted into the most nutritious, flavorful and gourmet food possible.
Through the laws of nature we know and understand that animals were not meant to consume large amounts of corn and soy in a confined living capacity. Therefore, we see no reason as to why we should alter the natural genetics and composition of an animal if we are looking to produce an optimal product for our customers.
This approach not only benefits the health of those who buy are food, it benefits the animals themselves and the restoration of the land.
For an in depth look at nutritional facts and information on food raised on grass we highly recommend you visit our friends over at Eat Wild.
|Q: What is rotational grazing and why do you do it?|
Rotational grazing is a process whereby livestock are strategically moved to fresh paddocks, or partitioned pasture areas, to allow vegetation in previously grazed pastures to regenerate.
Rotational grazing encourages an even distribution of grazing throughout a paddock, allowing resting periods in between rotations that help maintain the health of forage. This discourages competition from weeds and undesirable plant species that often invade when forage is overgrazed and weakened. The alternative – continuous grazing – is a more widespread management practice in which livestock are permitted to graze anywhere. Continuous grazing often leads to overgrazed and undergrazed areas throughout a pasture.
Rotational grazing is more efficient and productive because it reduces this waste since livestock are only permitted to feed in paddocks for a limited period of time. This gives the farmer more control by coordinating the rotation of livestock to paddocks where forage growth is at peak production (high in nutrition and easy to digest).
Less wasted forage results in lower costs from not having to supplement livestock diets with purchased harvested forage. Proper management of paddocks and coordinating the growth of seasonal plant communities throughout the year can enable livestock to graze throughout the winter.
Other advantages of rotational grazing and include: