REGENERATION

Adaptive Grazing

Our grazing patterns are strategically planned through an adaptive lens. Biomimicry is a term that we reference to identify our management as it identifies how bison and elk would have grazed through grasslands and savanna’s in our region hundreds of years ago. They move in large groups and continue to move. Eating a portion of the plant and allowing the plant and root system to fully recover before they would return to re-graze it. This allows wildlife populations to thrive, grass, forb, and root systems to proliferate, and the cattle to consistently graze the highest quality forage. We utilize our cattle as a tool to positively shape the ecological context of our farm.

For our daily cattle and grassland management, we implement a strategy and observe the results. We adapt our management based off of those results in real time. Adaptation is crucial to the successful outcome of our grazing program. The driving force in our land management is to focus on keeping the duration that our animals occupy any area of our pasture to the lowest amount possible and keep our density as high as possible. This results in keeping all of our animals in two main groups and moving them frequently, oftentimes 1-2 times per day. We do not adhere to a strict grazing strategy as there are many names for them: mob grazing, total grazing, rotational grazing, managed intensive grazing, etc. Different pastures require different impacts. Different classes of livestock require different management, so, again, we adapt to what is required within our context, while keeping the biomimicry concept front and center.

Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative is a term that is becoming more commonplace in the market today, but what does it mean? To us, regenerative means that we are continuously improving the entirety of not just our landbase, but ecological cycles and employee well-being. We are using cattle to complete ecological cycles, while growing a highly nutritious product to sell into our community. Regeneration encompasses our entire moral compass. We farm to promote biodiversity in all facets of our farm. We regenerate our landscape not because it’s trendy, but it’s just flat out the right way to do it. When our forage and forb species are diverse and ever changing and our soil’s organic matter and water retention increases, we are able to keep green cover on our acreage year round so that plants are continuously allowed to go through the photosynthetic process. This photosynthetic process is also what allows carbon to be pulled from the atmosphere and stored underground. It’s a cyclical process often referred to as the biogenic carbon cycle where carbon and methane work together. There’s so much more to grassfed beef than just grass and cows if we can all slow down to recognize it!

Nature is amazing and we just need to be patient and understand that we are all a part of a complex ecological process. We look deeper into our production and farm in a way that promotes soil function, ecological resilience, and continuing education and development for our crew.

6-3-4 Philosophy

6 Principles of soil health
  • Know Your Context
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Cover and build surface armor
  • Mix it up
  • Keep living roots in the soil
  • Grow healthy animals and soil together

3 Rules of Adaptive Stewardship
  • Compounding
  • Disruption
  • Diversity

4 Ecosystem Processes
  • Energy Flow
  • Water Cycle
  • Mineral Cycle
  • Diversity
A regenerative farm design focuses on the health of our landbase generations from now, not just over the next ten years. We cycle energy, nutrients, and water throughout our entire ecosystem.

In 2023 we were Verified through Savory’s Ecological Outcome Verification program. The Robinia Institue, a Savory Institute hub, located in Wingina, VA will continue to monitor our land health annually as it relates to the ecological indicators of the outcomes of our management. These metrics include forage species diversity, biological soil health, carbon respiration, ground cover, water infiltration, and overall ecological function.

View our 2022 EOV Report

View our 2023 EOV Report

“Do not be conformed by what we think things should be or look like. Instead, simply manage regeneratively and allow nature to provide. Always remember that constant succession is a part of what will happen. Provide for nature and she will provide for you.”
Dr. Allen Williams

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