A little about the herd…
We started the cattle herd shortly after we married and began by breeding 16 heifers from the Tennessee Livestock Producers, a subset of the Tennessee Farm Bureau.
Maintaining herd health is a primary focal point for Nick, especially given his veterinary background. This includes proper and timely vaccination of all cows and young calves, an internal parasite control program and production protocols that minimize stress on the cattle as much as possible.
Focusing on this aspect of herd health allows us to utilize antibiotics only on a have-to basis, while also providing an environment for the aptly to thrive in.
High Quality Forage
Another important aspect of the cattle production is maintaining high quality forage to either be eaten by the cattle or put up for stored feeds.
This includes such practices such as rotational grazing, soil sampling of each field to determine proper fertilization rates and introducing clovers and other grasses into existing pastures.
Our cattle production is a commercial cow/calf operation with the main goal of having our cows give birth to calves that will eventually enter the beef market. In achieving this goal we are committed to being stewards toward our cattle by providing an exceptional environment – food, water and shelter – so that the cattle can thrive.
Meet the Herd
Rotational grazing gives the forages and grass time to be able to recover from being eaten by the cattle. The soil sampling helps determine what the soil needs to provide the high-quality forage.
Cattle are amazing at finding the highest quality of something and have discriminating taste buds. This is why we provide diversity and take managing the soil and forage so seriously.
We adhere to these practices to try to provide high quality-forage, and each one does that in a different way. Just the Lord made man from the dust of the earth (lime, calcium, phosperous, potassium, nitrogen, etc.), we want to ensure the fertility and health of the soil first and foremost in order for it to bring forth the highest quality nutrition for the cattle.
That’s just a little about some of our herd. More to come in the blog and videos later. Stay tuned.
In the last couple of years we have also invested in Akaushi genetics and introduced them into our herd. Akaushi cattle are known for the exceptional meat quality and reported health benefits in the beef. For more information about the beef we produce and how to purchase it, click HERE.
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