We have carefully selected our cattle from breeds that perform well on a diet of grass and legumes. It is not easy to properly “finish” cattle on grass, making it essential to start out with the proper genetics. We look for smaller framed animals that will fill out on grass alone. We also select for good mothering abilities, good temperament and ease of calving. We use ultrasound to evaluate the rib eye area of the animal (for size and marbling), and look to breed cows that show superior attributes.
Our herd is based on Devon, Red Angus and Black Angus cows but we also have many animals that are crosses of Devon and other breeds. We use a system called “rotational grazing” to move the cattle to fresh pasture at least once a day. This gives the animals maximum nutrition while preventing overgrazing of the pastures. By using this practice, our grass grows back faster and thicker.