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 raise grassfed, grass-finished beef cattle. They are interested in

all the practices that will help us keep our topsoil and nutrients on our hilly

acres, while ensuring a low-stress environment for our animals. They are

converting their cropland into hay-fields and pastures, which they feel is more

suitable to the topography of their farm. They maintain their stream borders to

avoid erosion and use a bedded pack composed of chopped straw and

wood chips in the cows’ winter quarters to increase cow comfort and decrease

nutrient loss by composting the manure. 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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