Rotational grazing and regenerative agriculture form the cornerstone of our farm, and are what make Saxon Homestead Farm beef so rich and flavorful.
On our farm, we have reduced our reliance on fossil fuels, energy and chemicals, drastically lowering our carbon footprint.
Both our dairy and beef cattle graze on harvest grass in a patch of pasture called a paddock. They are moved every 12 hours to a fresh paddock to graze. We move the cows not only to ensure the health of the paddock, but also the health of the cows. We have developed over 1000 acres of improved pasture, organized into various paddocks ranging in size from 2 to 6 acres. This is truly a "Sea of Grass."
Our dairy cows are a duke’s mixture of Holstein, Jersey and Brown Swiss. They are called crossbreds.
We offer our cattle a blend of nutritious grains, home-grown hay, grass and silage to balance their diet and keep them in top notch health. While our cows have access to pasture throughout our northern winters, we also allow them access to comfortable bedded freestalls during inclement weather.
All animals, including cows, have an incredible sense of smell. They avoid grass near old cow pies until they’ve completely broken down, allowing the nature cycle of renewal to run its course.
A cow pie armors itself against the elements with a sun-baked skin that prevents soil surface runoff from contaminating groundwater. This allows the billions of soil microorganisms to regenerate themselves at their own pace, building a better pasture, cleaner water and healthier soil.
Just like the bison, our cows share and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and pastures with a plethora of native grass-loving birds, like swallows, bobolinks, kingbirds and meadowlarks. We take pride in maintaining the best home-grown pasture for our herd, the way nature intended.