When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

Aldo Leopold

Butler Grass Beef

About the Farm

David and Ann Zimrin raise grassfed, grass-finished beef cattle. They are interested in all the practices that will help keep their topsoil and nutrients on their hilly acres, while ensuring a low-stress environment for their animals. They are converting their cropland into hay and pastures, which they feel is more suitable to the topography of their farm. They maintain their stream borders to avoid erosion. They increase cow comfort and decrease nutrient loss by composting manure using a bedded pack of chopped straw and wood chips in the cows’ winter quarters. They also use cover crops, which they feel aids their soil in a variety of ways. They test their stream water monthly as it exits the farm to assess their progress on all of these fronts. 

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