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).
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 source of energy becomes not just renewable but regenerative, improving the soil and sequestering carbon at the same time.
It's one thing to hear about regenerative land management, and it's another thing to learn, see, and experience hands-on. That's why we're offering an intensive on-farm workshop, Regenerating Land Through Livestock Impact, on April 4th, 2020.
What if renewable energy was not just sustainable, but was also regenerative?
White Oak Pastures’ new partnership with Silicon Ranch Corporation is bringing regenerative land management to almost 2,400 solar farm acres in Southwest Georgia. White Oak Pastures will be implementing holistic planned livestock grazing on the solar farm to create a carbon sink, restore biodiversity and soil health, and grow the social and economic benefits of this clean energy project.
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.
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.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas behind us, I begin reflecting on the year that has come and gone. There are always things I wish I had accomplished, but also those projects for which I’m proud to have completed. This valuable reflection allows me the opportunity to set goals (or resolutions) for the New Year.
I hope while you all are planning your resolutions, you’ll consider committing to only eat pasture-raised meats and poultry. Even though there are more reasons than any of us could possibly count, I’ve put together my top 6 reasons to eat pasture-raised in 2020 below.