Ben and Cassie Seppanen

Loysville, PA

(717)636-0299

benandcassie@thousandhillsgrazing.com

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Our Animals

Production Practices

 

We try to align our production with nature's seasons. The calves are born when the deer are fawning, the chicks come in the spring and summer, and all of our butchering is finished by end of November. Winter is spent doing minimal chores (mainly feeding hay to our cow herd), resting from the previous summers hard work, and sitting by the warm wood stove working on ideas for the next year. If we start working against nature's seasons, we will have increased costs, headaches, and less healthy animals.

We use management intensive grazing and daily moves to improve soil health. Pasture land is also an effective carbon sequester and is an environmentally enhancing way to farm. We provide our animals with quality minerals to supplement what may be lacking in the grass. If one of our animals requires antibiotics, we will pull that animal from our program. We will never use potentially harmful chemicals, pesticides, growth hormones, or genetically modified feed.

100% Grassfed Beef

 

Looking for a local source of sustainably produced beef? Well, you found it! Our beef has only six ingredients: fresh air, sunshine, water, grass, and free choice kelp and trace mineral salt.

Research has shown that cattle raised entirely on grass have 3-5 times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which is a proven disease fighter. Grass fed cattle also have higher levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and many other vitamins and minerals. Also, they are higher in omega 3 fatty acids, giving them a proper proportion to the omega 6 fatty acids (which is essential to good health for all of us). Animal protein contains vitamins and minerals that are easier to absorb than other sources.

This year, we will be raising some of our own calves from our fledgling cow herd and also purchasing yearlings from a cow/calf producer (that has fed only grass and hay) and raising them through the fall. We raise them “Joel Salatin style” (feel free to look him up on the internet). He came up with the name “Salad Bar Beef”, meaning that the animals will consistently have a fresh salad bar as they are moved daily from pasture to pasture. We will be utilizing a management intensive grazing approach, where our main input will be labor to move fences and water to keep the cattle on fresh grass as much as possible.

 

When the beeves are butchered, they hang for two weeks to allow time for natural aging of the meat to take place. This helps to make it more tender.

Pastured Poultry

Unlike beef which are herbivores, chickens are omnivores, and they require more than grass in their diet. Our pastured broilers are fed a local, non GMO (not genetically modified) feed ration along with lots of bugs and grass/herbs from the pasture. They are raised in a brooder for the first 2-3 weeks (depending on the weather), and then moved out to a floorless shelter on pasture until they are 8 weeks old. These birds will get lots of sunshine along with daily moves to fresh grass. They are increasingly more nutritious than their conventionally raised counterparts. (If you would like more information about the nutrition side of things please call us, and we'll be happy to explain in more detail).

Chicken Feed Ingredients: corn, oats, barley, whole roasted soybeans, fish meal, aragonite (calcium), poultry nutri-balancer (from fertrell minerals), alfalfa meal, and Dyna-min (colloidal and ionic trace mineral)

Soy Free

We are now offering soy free chickens as well! This simply means that they were not fed any soy in their feed ration.

Soy Free Chicken Feed Ingredients: corn, field peas, linseed meal, alfalfa meal, sunflower meal, fish meal, aragonite (calcium), poultry nutri-balancer (from fertrell minerals), and Dyna-min (colloidal and ionic trace mineral).

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