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Cattle Comparison: Pasture-Raised, Grassfed Cattle vs Feedlot, Grain-Finished Cattle

Grassfed beef is everywhere, from the grocery store to the restaurant menu. But what does “grassfed” actually mean? 

How do you transform a corn field into perennial pasture? Animals.

When Will Harris III inherited White Oak Pastures, the farm totaled about 1,000 acres. As we transitioned toward regenerative agriculture, bit by bit, we started acquiring nearby farmland. Today, our farm owns or manages around 5,000 acres of pasture.

The Story Behind Our Village Loyalty Program

COVID-19 and the events in the spring caused scarcity in the commodity food system, which overwhelmed our on-farm production and fulfillment center. After we were able to restock our inventory, we took some time to carefully evaluate how our farm responded to the overwhelming demand. In...

Why choose a pasture-raised turkey for the holidays?

If a pasture-raised holiday turkey is a part of your Thanksgiving tradition, your White Oak Pastures turkey pre-order can guarantee you receive the bird that fits your holiday table—shipped straight to your door. 

Reserve Your Holiday Turkey

 

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Conventional vs Grassfed Lamb: What's the difference?

White Oak Pastures now has flocks totalling around 2,000 sheep (up from 200 sheep in July 2019). Our sheep graze everywhere from the forest land bordering our pastures to underneath solar panels.

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Grassfed Lamb

Our grassfed lamb comes from animals who were raised on pasture, as they were intended to. We are committed to the welfare of our animals, who were born to roam and graze.

Small ruminants, like sheep and goats, are an essential part of a multispecies grazing system. Our sheep help us regenerate...

Cattle at White Oak Pastures: Breeding Our Own Herd

In 1866, Will Harris' great grandfather brought a herd of cattle with him to White Oak Pastures. These cattle would have been Florida Cracker or Pineywoods cattle, feral descendents of the livestock brought to North America by the Spanish. These are the only two breeds that would have been...

Regenerating Soil: Applying Erosion Control to Former Monoculture Cropland

At White Oak Pastures, we regularly add new pieces of land to our farm, either by buying or leasing nearby parcels. Almost all of the land we acquire is degraded cropland that for decades was used to grow monoculture crops, with the help of extreme chemical fertilizer and pesticide use.

We Are Resilient.

Food shopping has seen some of the most radical changes in decades over the last four weeks - changes none of us ever dreamed possible. These changes forced us to take our farm operations back to the drawing board and rethink how we manage fulfillment. Over the last thirty days, we added 16...

A Landmark Day in Energy and Agriculture: From Reductive to Renewable to Regenerative Energy

This week, we released a herd of sheep onto a large solar farm. There they will take on their new job of grazing the grasses beneath and around the solar panels. Typically, solar farms manage foliage with machinery and herbicide, to prevent any shading of the solar arrays. By using sheep, this...

Certified Organic Isn't Enough.

While speaking at a recent summit, Will Harris got a lot of attention when he told the audience,

“Some of the worst regenerative farm practices I’ve ever seen were on industrial organic, USDA Certified Organic, production farms.”

Need lunch ideas for kids? Try these using pasture-raised meat.

Feeding your kids’ changing appetites can sometimes be a challenge, but using pasture-raised meats in your lunches doesn’t have to be. Between ready-made foods and creative recipes, there are plenty of ways to use pasture-raised meats in easy-to-prepare, kid-approved meals.

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