Our Belted Galloway cattle are the heart of our farm. New Hampshire winters
are harsh, so we raise this heritage breed to thrive despite sometimes cold and
windy conditions. Belted Galloways have thick fur coats which keep them warm in
the winter and protect them from wind, snow and rain. Other breeds gain back
fat for warmth in the winter and seek shelter from inclement weather. We
provide freely accessible, three-sided shelters to the herd at all times;
however, our Belties rarely choose to use them. They prefer the canopy of
trees. Our cattle live their entire lives outside on pasture. If you would
like to learn more about Belties, please visit the
Belted Galloway Society.
Our Management Philosophy
Our philosophy is described by the following.
100% Grass Fed and Grass Finished - Certified Organic -
Grass Fed - We feed only grass and grass hay to our cows. Grass is a
cow's NATURAL food source and cows raised only on grass are healthier.
Virtually all the beef sold in supermarkets, even beef that’s labeled organic,
is from grain-fed and fattened cattle living in crowded feedlots. Grain feeding
packs large amounts of fat onto animals in a short period of time, enabling a
farmer to market his cattle as rapidly as possible. However, cattle are not
meant to eat grain. Grain acidifies a cow’s rumen, causing a chain of events
leading to an unhealthy animal. Crowding of animals already stressed by
overfeeding also helps spread disease, which is too often treated with
antibiotics and other harsh medications.
Grass properly maintains the natural health of a cow's rumen, which in turn
supports a healthy cow. Cows raised 100% on grass have high levels of the
beneficial compounds Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) and omega-3 fatty acids
(along with vitamin E, beta-carotene and vitamin C) that display powerful cancer
fighting and prevention properties, enhance the immune system and prevent both
diabetes and heart disease.
Grass feeding is more expensive for the farmer, but we think it's worth it.
Rather than cramming 1000 animals per acre (as is done at feedlots), we have 2
acres of open space for each cow. Rather than quickly finishing an animal in 18
months on grain, we finish our cows in 24 to 30 months on grass alone… for a
natural level of marbling and finish that simply can't be rushed. This makes
our beef more expensive than feedlot beef. But the quality of our meat is
unsurpassed. And we take proper care of our environment.
To learn more about the impact of feedlots on animal and human health and the
environment, read Michael Pollan's book,
Certified Organic - We are committed to organic farming. Organic
farming practices are increasingly important as society fathoms the
environmental and health consequences of industrial agriculture. Our hay fields
and pastures are fertilized solely with natural soil amendments such as wood ash
and compost. Conventional farmers use fertilizers made of petroleum
byproducts. Our natural materials are sustainably produced. Petroleum based
fertilizers are made from obviously dwindling resources. We do not use
herbicides or pesticides on our fields, spray or give medications to our
cattle. In the rare instance that a cow requires a synthetic medication such as
an antibiotic, that animal is no longer organic and is not sold as organic.
We are certified organic annually by the
New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food for both our
livestock and our hay and pasture fields. Copies of our certifications can be
Pasture Raised - Our animals are healthy because they live outdoors on
pasture - where they belong! All of our organic animals are born here, on
pasture, and live here, on pasture, for their entire lives. Our brood cows are
experienced mothers who raise their calves without human intervention until we
wean the calves at 6 months of age. This full maternal experience and long time
on milk assures strong, fit calves with good pasture-based instincts and herd
Our pastures are laid out in a rotational grazing system with 2 acre
paddocks. Cows are moved every few days to a fresh paddock. This ensures the
cows don’t overgraze a field and that the grass remains in vegetative growth.
We provide our cows with fresh water and organic mineral blocks in each
paddock. Our cows drink the same pure well water as our family.
Environmentally sensitive areas such as river banks are fenced from the cows.
To learn more about the health and environmental benefits of pasture raised
Pasture Perfect, by Jo Robinson. You can also visit Jo’s website at: