Cattle, along with other ruminants, are the key to increasing soil health through rotational grazing. All of the animals rotating on our pastures have a job to do, and they have to come through at the right time to do it. Cattle do their part through soil disturbance and manuring the pastures in which they graze. As they graze they take the top part of the plants off and mash the rest down. When they walk on it, they are pressing the plant material in to the ground causing seeds to be pressed in to contact with the soil. This leads to increased germination and growth.
We currently have a small herd of Dexter cattle. The Dexter is a smaller breed which fits well in our current context. They are able to positively affect the pastures where they are grazing without putting too much pressure on any given pasture.
Cattle are a long term project. It takes 2-3 years to build a herd to the point that the herd will be able to begin to generate cows for harvest. For this reason we are not currently offering beef products. We are keeping our eyes open and if we find a partner farm that we feel reflects our value and goals, we will try to team up with them.