Cattle at White Oak Pastures: Breeding Our Own Herd

White Oak Pastures Team

White Oak Pastures Cattle Breeding History

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 available in Georgia 150 years ago (and today, both breeds are recognized and considered rare by The Livestock Conservancy).

Living Off the Fat of the LAND⁠—Not the Fat of the LAB

Will Harris

All of my life I have heard, and used, the expression “Living off of the Fat of the Land”.

To me, that expression means doing well from the excesses that come from what you have. It is kind of like living on the interest that is paid on your savings account.

What A Resilient Production System Looks Like

Will Harris

For the last 25 years, some of us have recognized there is no resilience in the American food production system. Today, it is painfully evident to anyone who takes a look at it. 

We Are Resilient.

White Oak Pastures Team

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 full-time employees to help keep up with the demand in our online store. That's 16 full-time jobs created in one of the poorest counties in one of the poorest states, thanks to you, all of our customers. These opportunities don't come by often, and we are so grateful to be able to help reduce the panic-buying.

Certified Organic Isn't Enough.

White Oak Pastures Team

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.”

Will’s Wisdom: Australian Fires and Imported Grassfed Beef

Will Harris

Fact: American grassfed beef ranches have lost most of their profitability in the last few years.

I have found it necessary to rethink encouraging new producers to embrace our regenerative cattle production model. I now feel compelled to warn them to be very careful.  This is because we veteran American grassfed beef producers have recognized that "Greenwashed" foreign product is destroying our margin structure.   

Because I have been publicly vocal on the topic of unlabeled imported grassfed beef, I am now being asked if the Australian fires have lessened the amount of foreign product that we are competing with.

Free Range vs. Pasture-Raised: What’s the Difference?

Corinne Kocher

Cage-free, Free Range, pasture-raised, organic: poultry and eggs come advertised with a head-scratching number of “labels” and descriptions. Although these labels may sound similar, some qualifications are more regulated than others and they all indicate completely different levels of animal welfare.

Check out our comprehensive guide to understand the difference between Free Range vs pasture-raised vs cage-free, and what labels conscious consumers are choosing to purchase.

2019 By the Numbers: Will Harris’ Year-End Recap

Will Harris

This has been a landmark year for White Oak Pastures. So many good things have happened. These are things that I never would have believed could be possible here.  

Will’s Wisdom: Greenwashing Is Destroying The Regenerative Farming Movement

Will Harris

Twenty five years ago, I began slowly transitioning our family farm from the industrial cattle farm that it had become. Today we pasture-raise cattle, sheep, hogs, poultry, goats, rabbits, honey, eggs, organic vegetables, and a lot of the other products that the Abundance of Nature provides when her cycles are functioning properly.

Will’s Wisdom: Your Opportunity To Bring A Little Prosperity To Impoverished Rural America

Will Harris

Every thinking American has some level of recognition of the decay that has occurred in our rural communities. Almost everyone can agree that this decline is one of the greatest economic disasters of the last half century.

Eating Paleo? Here's Why Pasture-Raised Matters

Dr. Paul Saladino, "Carnivore MD"

Our guest blogger, Dr. Paul Saladino, "The Carnivore MD", is a leading authority on the science and application of the carnivore diet. 

As a practicing medical doctor, I get this question a lot, with good reason:

Is grassfed meat really worth it?

The short answer is: yes! The long answer is still yes, when you consider the two important questions below.

The World's First Foaming Tallow Soap

Corinne Kocher

No parabens, no phtalates, no artificial colors - the new line of White Oak Pastures soaps use only our grassfed, pasture-raised, regenerative beef tallow, processed on our very own farm. 

When you use our Grassfed Tallow Foaming Soap and our Grassfed Tallow Body Wash, you know that it's made entirely of 100% fat from White Oak Pastures cattle - Certified Grassfed by the American Grassfed Association, Certified Humane, rated a Step 4 in the Global Animal Partnership, and Certified EOV by the Savory Institute.

It's been said that our skin is our body's largest organ, and we believe you should follow the same principles for skincare products as you do with the foods you consume.

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Bacon-wrapped pasture-raised chicken legs and smoked sugar-free bacon. Ecological Outcome Verified, non-GMO and Animal Welfare Certified.
Non-dairy Grassfed Beef Tallow Butter Substitute Tallow Be Thy Name. Certified Grassfed. Ecological Outcome Verified. Animal Welfare Certified.


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