New Spring Calf!

We had a new calf born on the farm a couple of weeks ago! It is the first calf we have had on the farm in years after making the decision to purchase our own cow herd this past fall. This calf is a 7/8 American Aberdeen heifer calf born on April 4.

Regenerating the Land

How important is it to have cattle out on the land? How important is it that we move our animals every day to fresh pasture? Take a look at these two pictures in the same field. The first is from the spring of 2019. You can see the bare ground; the poor color on the plants indicates a lack of nutrition. This was after years of baling hay.

Then we fenced it.

We added cattle. The cattle grazed it off one time… and then, the picture on the right. That picture is from mid-summer. Most grass pastures in mid summer are short, dried out, and unproductive. But ours came back with lush grass and newly arrived clovers! In one cycle, we took this field from something with marginal feed value to a cornucopia of grasses and legumes for our livestock.

Because we treated the land correctly. Because we grazed it as nature intended.

We moved the cattle to a new paddock every day through that rank, unproductive grass. We supplemented beet pulp because the feed value was low and we had to keep up with nutrition on our animals; but it was worth it. We are regenerating the soil on our farm with our grazing practices. We are feeding the microbes that live below: the earthworms, the spiders, the dung beetles. And they, in turn, fertilize our soil and give us lush, green pastures.

We even see more wildlife. Most farms are taking out their fence rows, while we put more in. For every species of animal that we can make a home for, we encourage eight other species to be here, and that diversity is better for our soil, better for our animals, and better for our customers who buy our beef and feed it to their families.

Exciting things are happening to the land here at Red Timber Ranch. We’ve been at this for two grazing season only now, and the results have been better than we could have expected.

2019 Newsletter

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Red Timber Ranch!

2019 has been an exciting year on the farm, and we would like to say thanks to all of our customers throughout this year and previous years! We would not be able to heal the landscape and our local environment without your help. Some of the highlights on our ranch this year include:
  • Transition from conventional grain finished beef to 100% Grass Fed and Finished Beef. We believe that this change is imperative to our mission to heal the soil and the landscape on which our animals live.
  • Transition to all Non-GMO feed for our pork production.
  • Increased pasture land and hay ground on the farm, which will increase our soil organic matter, and improve the environment in which our animals live.
  • Addition of a new cow herd. We will no longer need to source calves from other farms and raise them here. Now our Red Timber Ranch Grass Finished beef will be born and raised right here on the farm.

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We really appreciate all of the support we have had from our customers during the changes we have made this year, and we are confident that we are heading in the right direction that will allow us to provide products that are higher quality – not only in health & wellness, but in taste and in an improved eating experience – year after year.
2020 looks to be promising as well. We area excited about some of the new challenges we intend to take on, some of our goals for this year are highlighted below:
  • Addition of pasture-raised meat chickens (broilers). Please let us know if that is something you will be interested in! We have already had several requests for this addition to our farm and we are happy to oblige.
  • Addition of a hay harvesting business. We will add sales of small square hay bales and large round bales to our products.
  • Improvement of our pig handling facilities. The long term goal for pigs at Red Timber Ranch is to provide a pasture land specific to their needs. We are beginning that cultivation process on a 2 acre parcel near the barn this year. While we may not be able to finish pigs on the land yet, we are moving towards that long term goal.
Again, thank you all for choosing Red Timber Ranch. You’re involvement in a local food system is so import, and our farm relies entirely on individuals that care enough about the earth to help regenerate it, one acre at a time.
The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life. – Wendell Berry
 
Thank you all for a great 2019! We look forward to continuing to provide you and your families with high-quality and nutritious food for years to come!

South Lansing Farmers Market

We are pleased to announce that we will be participating in the South Lansing Farmers Market for this season, providing our farm fresh pork! The South Lansing Farmers Market is located at St. Casmir Catholic Church in Lansing, just a few blocks south of 496 near the Capitol Loop. Click here to see more about the market!

We will be participating on June 13 and 27, July 18, and August 1, with more possible dates in the future.