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HERE AT HERITER FARMS, our goal is to mimic his management strategies. This allows the animals & plants to express their natural characteristics. A critical component is MOB or Intense Rotational (IR) grazing, used to improve the quality of pastures, build new topsoil and develop a strong network of underground soil structures.
Like permaculture practices, the Salatin method creates a sustainable relationship between the livestock, soil organisms, and the surrounding ecosystems such as forests and wetlands. It embraces diversity, so you will never see a mono-culture field on our land.
WE STRIVE TO ACHIEVE THIS BALANCE IN EVERY AREA OF OUR FARM.
Please watch this short clip on what makes a farm sustainable, and how important it is to get everyone on board so that future generations can have food security while enhancing and healing the land it's produced on.
Till or plow fields and gardens
Use chemical sprays (herbicide or pesticide)
Use commercial fertilizer
Use GMO seed
Have mono-species fields
Feed our cows grains or animal bi-products
Confine our livestock
Seed fields with diverse species to mimic native grass and "weeds" that thrived here previously
Allow most weed species to grow, providing nutrient-diversity for our cattle and pigs, and habitat and food for native birds
Plant seeds using a no-till seed drill to minimize soil disruption and prevent damage to fields
Use composted manure from our own animals to improve our fields - not tilling it in - to build the soil year after year and reduce outside inputs to increase sustainability
Mimic nature by moving cows daily onto fresh pasture to improve the soil, control weeds and reduce/eliminate any health
risks to our animals from parasites and disease
Encourage birds that naturally follow grazing animals, such as starlings, sparrows and swallows, which eat harmful insects and help sanitize the grazed paddocks
TREAT ALL OF OUR LIVESTOCK AND NATIVE SPECIES WITH THE UTMOST RESPECT AND LOVE