The No Barn Pledge
No Barn is our pledge that our animals are 100 % Grass Fed and Pasture Finished. They will not be confined to a barn, shed, or feed lot. Our animals are born, raised and finished on live growing forage and grass.
Animals finished on live growing forage and grass yield a more nutrient dense beef than animals finished on stored or harvested grass and grain. Just because it is grass fed does not mean it is Pasture Finished.
Why Pasture Finished?
Not all Grass Fed beef is Pasture Finished. Baled hay, haylage, sorghum, corn, barley, wheat, rye, and oats, (depending on the stage of maturity) are all forms of grass, therefore animals fed or finished on these types of forage could be considered “grass fed”. Many grass fed protocols allow animals to be supplemented with stored grass and a percentage of grain throughout the finishing stage. Animals that are confined and fed hay or silage for finishing can also be considered “grass fed”. It all depends on the approved practices of the operation.
Our “Pasture Finished” protocol requires the animals to fatten on live growing forage during the growing season. Fattening animals during the growing season limits the finishing process to specific times in a year. In order to provide fat or finished animals year round, some producers choose to supplement with harvested grass during the finishing stage.
Research has found that beef finished on live growing, bio-diverse or multi species forage is more nutrient dense or more nutritious than beef finished on harvested mono-cultures or single species such as haylage and other forms of silage.
Our animals are finished on live growing bio-diverse forage during the growing season without harvested supplementation.
We believe the animals should be allowed to live in their natural environment. In modern society, the animals can’t roam free as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, but we can make our best efforts to provide an environment where the animals can live and eat as nature intended. We take care of them, so the animals will take care of us.