Learn about our livestock
Cattle: We have Black Angus as well as Black and Brown Baldie (Angus - Hereford cross) cows. We have a South Poll bull and are starting to transition our breeding herd towards South Poll characteristics (Heat tolerant with brown & slick fly-repelling coat, small frame with great gains & finishing on grass, and strong maternal characteristics of high fertility & gentile disposition).
Sheep: We raise Katahdin ewes. We have St. Croix & St. Croix - Katahdin cross rams. We lamb in mid-spring, when the temperature is warming and the grass is greening up. We tag & castrate at 6 months and let the ewes self-wean, which allows for as natural of life as possible for our lamb.
Hogs: We raise Berkshire, Berk-Rock (Berkshire - Duroc cross), Tamworth, Large Black, Guinea Hog sows. We have a Red Waddle Boar. We farrow (have piglets) in open wood-chip paddocks (not farrowing crates, barn stalls, or on concrete) twice a year, early spring & late summer. We allow our sows to naturally "nest" with free-choice materials (Wood chips, hay and leaves). These paddocks age, compost and eventually become perennial permaculture gardens.
Layers: We raise mostly Brown Egg Layer (Rhode Island Red - White Rock industrial cross...also commonly referred to as Red Sex-Link), as well as Easter-Eggers (Auracana industrial cross), White Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock, Silverlaced Wyandottes, and Cuckoo Maran. Learn more about some of our breeds at this great site, The Livestock Conservancy.
Broilers: We are phasing out our broiler program. We had raised Freedom Ranger (Slow-growth red meat birds) and Cornish-Cross in the past. However, we are partnering with Open Book Farm, an excellent broiler producer in Middleburg MD, to source our chicken for 2017 (Available Summer 2017).