The ranch follows Holistic Management International principles, including rotational grazing. We do not use pesticides, herbicides, routine antibiotics or growth hormones. Our animals were born on the ranch, are tame, are moved gently, and live on grassy pasture their entire lives. They are given a supplement-free choice mix of macro and trace minerals, vitamins, kelp, probiotics, enzymes, and dyna-min clay. It is mixed with DE (diatomaceous earth), a natural wormer.
The finishing process is begun after weaning, and alfalfa and hay bales are added in the pastures. Steers are weighed monthly. Typically, our beef will be 30-35 months old and about 1300 pounds for a heavier, more marbled and flavorful beef according to the protocol of Artisan French labeled beef. As long as they are gaining, they are allowed to develop. They will be individually selected as they reach full growth and desired heaviness and processed by an Animal Welfare Approved facility. Beef will be dry aged for 14-21 days, shrink wrapped, and fast frozen.
Groups of any age may come to the ranch by the day to participate in activities. Teachers may plan activities according to their curriculum needs. Pond, floating island wetland, fishing, plants, animals, wildlife, forest, creek, gardening, and composting are some examples of activities. Building shelter, woodworking, art, outdoor cooking, hiking, visiting the blacksmith, archery and games are others.