wacholz-farm


Our pastures have a variety of grasses and legumes. Combinations of white clover, alfalfa, perennial rye grass, red clover, fescue, birdsfoot trefoil, bluegrass, orchardgrass, bromegrass and reed canary grass inhabit our pastures.  Having a good mix improves soil conditions and wards off insects and disease.  The diversity is also great for animal performance since some grasses and legumes are more palatable at different times of the year.



The manure from the animals provides organic matter and nutrients back to the soil. In addition to this we spread organic material from the farm such as compost, leaves, and animal bedding to the pastures in order to feed the soil life. Organic material is food for worms, bugs and microbial life to break down and convert to usable nutrition for the plants. Healthy soils give rise to healthy plants, healthy animals, and healthy humans.

 

We also perform soil tests on our pastures in order to get an idea of the balance of elemental nutrients in relation to each other that exist.  That way we know which nutrients need to be added in order to create the proper nutritional balance to promote pasture health.  Please note we do not use cheap commercial fertilizer for this practice.  Balanced soils promote dynamic health in all plant species and provide optimal nutritional profiles for the animals to harvest. Animals that graze on balanced soils receive a full spectrum of nutrients, and this promotes dynamic health and quality meat. You will taste the difference!

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Wacholz farm raises 100% grass-fed cattle and grass-fed hogs. The cattle herd is comprised of small/medium framed crossbred beef breeds; (North Red Devon bull is crossed with Angus, Barzona, Hereford and Senepol). As for our hogs we currently raise Duroc, Spot, and Chester white butcher hogs.

During the growing season the cattle and hogs are rotationally grazed. This means we give the animals portions of pasture at a time. We use portable electric fencing to control the grazing and stay efficient. This style of grazing allows grazed portions time to recover and re-grow before the cattle and hogs mow it down again.
Moving the animals around on fresh pasture also reduces viruses, parasites, and disease

Why are grass-fed meats more nutritious?
Grass-fed animals graze live grasses, legumes, forbs and medicinal weeds. All these plant species contain different nutritional profiles, so when the animals manually harvest them from the soil they get nutrients that are highly bioavailable. Grass-fed animals have the ability to digest, assimilate, and store these nutrients in their body because live plants contain the necessary enzymes needed to help utilize nutritional elements.

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