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

Our Year In Review

Posted by Laura Mortelliti on Jan 6, 2017 11:29:16 AM

“We pray for plenty of good hard work to do, and the strength to do it.” 

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Topics: Animal Welfare, Regenerative Land Management, Rural Community, Zero-Waste

Employee Spotlight: Small Ruminant Manager Matthew Cantrell

Posted by Laura Mortelliti on Dec 8, 2016 10:56:23 PM


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Topics: Animal Welfare, Regenerative Land Management, Staff Spotlight, Uncategorized

Ignite the Consumer Revolution for Regenerative Agriculture

Posted by Angela Huffman on Oct 25, 2016 9:35:00 AM


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Topics: Environment, Foodie, Regenerative Land Management, Savory Institute

Debunking the “feed the world” myth

Posted by Angela Huffman on Oct 13, 2016 2:00:00 PM

The topic of “feeding the world” is hotly debated.

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Topics: Animal Welfare, Regenerative Land Management, Rural Community

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

Honey as pure as the land

Posted by Angela Huffman on Sep 15, 2016 2:00:00 PM

  

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Topics: Regenerative Land Management

Land, livestock, and the pursuit of a new logo

Posted by Jenni Harris on Sep 1, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Selling premium, value-added meat and poultry to consumers requires a good amount of marketing, which is not something that comes naturally to us here at White Oak Pastures. Fonts, color schemes, photos and logo designs weren’t handed down from previous generations like land stewardship and livestock husbandry. But, as we’ve done with so many changes during our rapid growth, we adapted to and embraced this new component: logo design.

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Topics: Animal Welfare, Regenerative Land Management, Rural Community, Harris Family

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

Creating a bee-friendly environment (it’s easier than you think!)

Posted by Angela Huffman on Jul 28, 2016 2:00:00 PM

 

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Topics: Regenerative Land Management, Beekeeping, Honey




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