Why we pasture raise beef
We raise beef cows for 3 primary reasons:
Grass mowers. By mowing down our pastures ahead of our chickens and turkeys, they provide a critical ecological function of mowing pastures to make them ready for the birds. This biological solution allows us to raise birds outdoors (where they belong) without the need for fossil fuels.
Fertility & biodiversity enhancers. Cows consume perennial forage, stomp it into the ground, and leave their manure behind. All of this action enhances the organic matter and nutrient availability of our soils. This improved soil environment allows our perennial poly-culture pastures to thrive, further enhancing our farms ability to retain moisture and convert sunlight into biomass. And because our pastures contain many different types of plants they are far more ecologically resilient than mono-culture farming.
Nutrient-dense food. A by-product of their grass mowing and fertility enhancing services is, happily, a superior beef product. While we would keep a small herd of cattle just for their other services, selling beef allows us to provide a humane alternative to factory farmed meat while increasing the economic viability of our operation.