Livestock as Landscapers

Posted by Laura Mortelliti on Mar 21, 2017 9:25:38 AM

We use animal impact daily to improve the health of our soils and forage. However, we also use our livestock as landscapers. We frequently use our goat herd to clear shrubbery from vacant lots in downtown Bluffton. If you have visited the farm store, you’ve likely driven by our goats hard at work. This March however, we have been busy with and excited to used our cattle to help clear some of our newly acquired land.


During this month, our cattle moved through the pecan orchard and several of our new, overgrown vacant lots. They grazed what they could, but we insured they had adequate nutrition by supplementing them with our high quality, organic haylage. The more woody and fibrous plant matter which cattle are not evolved to digest- they viewed as a playground. Our cattle clearly enjoyed themselves as they rubbed their heads and necks against pine saplings, trampled underbrush, and explored the thickets.  

In Will Harris’s 63 years living in Bluffton, he has never seen cattle grazing these pieces of land before. We are excited to share the stark before and after photos which show the landscaping power of ruminants. We can only wait to see the benefit their animal impact has imparted to the soil and we are always excited to aquire more pasture for our herds. 

 

Lot A BEFORE

 

   

DURING

 

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PECAN ORCHARD BEFORE 

 

 

 

PECAN ORCHARD AFTER 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Environment, Regenerative Land Management, Holistic Management, Grassfed Beef

Seasonal Haylage and Grasses

Posted by Laura Mortelliti on Mar 8, 2017 1:03:02 PM

October and May typically mark the change of season here in our Southwest Georgia subtropical climate. Historically, these months are the driest months and the months when the warm season perennial grasses and the cool season annual grasses swap dominance. This year the seasonal change was delayed due to our recent severe drought. However, thanks to the later-than-normal rains which finally arrived, our cool season annual grasses are sprouting in our pastures. 

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Topics: Zero-Waste, Holistic Management, Grassfed Beef

Holiday turkeys with a higher purpose

Posted by Angela Huffman on Sep 29, 2016 3:00:00 PM

  

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Topics: Animal Welfare, Pastured Poultry, Regenerative Land Management, Holistic Management

The secrets of the ancient Kolomoki Mounds

Posted by Angela Huffman on Aug 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM

The Kolomoki Mounds site is the largest and oldest tribal mound complex east of the Mississippi. Located just west of White Oak Pastures outside Bluffton, Georgia, these eight mounds were hand-built by some of the earliest inhabitants of the area, the Swift Creek and Weeden Island cultures. Building these mounds was a monumental task, toting dirt one basketful at a time. The largest mound, the size of a football field at the base and 56 ft high, required more than two million basket loads of soil.

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Topics: Environment, Regenerative Land Management, Rural Community, Holistic Management, Harris Family, Will's Wisdom

Good news: We bought 250 acres of worthless land

Posted by White Oak Pastures Team on Apr 14, 2016 12:37:00 PM

It takes more than time to restore Georgia’s soil to the way it was before industrial farming practices added chemical fertilizers and pesticides and removed the biodiversity and nutrients. It takes us buying the land in the first place. Well, check that box, to the tune of 250 acres.

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Topics: Environment, Regenerative Land Management, Holistic Management, Will's Wisdom




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