Free Ranging the Red Ranger

Laura Mortelliti

The breed we raise, the Red Ranger, is an extremely mobile bird.  This quality has its pros and cons. The birds grow at a slower rate because they are very active.  “In allowing it to go wherever it wants, it runs off into the pasture and burns some serious calories. It's getting vitamins, minerals, and plant secondary metabolites from foraging in the pasture. But being further from the ideal feed source, it will not quickly get plump”, says Jeff Lackey, our Poultry Production Manager. Because our birds are athletes, we have put together cooking tips for their leaner, healthier meat. A benefit of the Red Ranger’s active disposition is its significant and visible impact on our pastures. They are very thorough grazers and scratchers. As our birds disturb the surface of the pasture, they...

Who Rules The Roost?

Laura Mortelliti
 

The Land and The Herd

White Oak Pastures Team
"THE LAND AND THE HERD ARE MEANT TO LAST FOREVER".

The land and the herd [or flock, or drove, or mob] are meant to last forever. If they are left unravaged, the land and herd will thrive. If they are given a little care, the land and herd will improve, every year, in perpetuity.

Our Year In Review

Laura Mortelliti

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

Employee Spotlight: Small Ruminant Manager Matthew Cantrell

Laura Mortelliti

Teenagers With Nose Rings

Laura Mortelliti

We are trying a new type of weaning this year: wean rings. This is a plastic ring that clips inside the calf’s nose like a clip-on earring. We think wean rings are the least stressful and most natural way to wean.  When the calf tries to nurse its mother, the ring’s spiky points make it uncomfortable for the mamma to nurse her calf. She’ll then initiate the weaning process. These rings may look drastic, but they are safe and cannot hurt the mamma cow. Our calves are still able to have all the physical contact that they want with their mammas. They can still nuzzle, follow around, and get licked on by their mammas.

Simply stated: Chickens aren’t vegetarian. They just ain’t.

Angela Huffman

Holiday turkeys with a higher purpose

Angela Huffman

  

Land, livestock, and the pursuit of a new logo

Jenni Harris

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.

Day in the life of John Pedersen, Hog Manager, midwife to the sows

Angela Huffman

Photo by Laura Mortelliti

We’ve got balls at White Oak Pastures

Angela Huffman

Castration of male animals is a common practice in the livestock industry. Said to reduce aggression, the practice likely came about with the confinement of cattle in crowded conditions where the animals aren’t free to roam and express natural instinctive behaviors. As Will Harris says, you just can’t keep a bunch of bulls in confinement; it’s like the worst prison movie you’ve ever seen.

The many dogs of White Oak Pastures

Angela Huffman

  

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