Our sheep are raised out on rotational pasture during summer and supplemented with Organic/ Non-sprayed Hay, Alfalfa & Fodder during the Winter along with free choice minerals and daily ACV in their water to ensure optimal health. During lactation the ewe's are supplemented with a bit of Non-GMO/Organic alfalfa pellets to aid in milk production and keep body condition as they nurse their lambs.
We Raise Heritage Breeds out on Pasture at week 5 using similar No Soy Organic Feed and ACV in their fresh water Daily. Turkeys are a little more sensitive as young poults than their chicken counterparts so they require extra time in the warm brooder environment. They have an excellent conformation and high meat yield due to its natural fat layering.
Backyard Acres will be growing in different environments: greenhouses, field crops and potentially hydroponics all following Organic Certification Principles & Practices
We will do season extension via two heated greenhouses, actively growing at least from March – November.
In our field gardens, we grow on a more traditional schedule
We sourced our Jumbo Broilers from a local WI hatchery. Chicks arrive here 2-3 days old. We started them out on a Homemade Organic Electrolyte Drink (Garlic, Honey, ACV). The chicks started off in the brooder until 3 weeks old when they start to be able to regulate body temperature. They are then moved out on pasture in Salatin Style Chicken Tractors. They are moved each day to a New Salad Bar of Grasses and Bugs. We supplemented feed with a No Soy Certified Organic Feed that was shipped in from Western WI and added Organic ACV to their Fresh Water Daily. We grew out our birds 3-4 weeks longer than a typical conventional farmer, ensuring a healthy happy Jumbo Broiler!
The semi-rare heritage breed Tamworth pigs (commonly called “the bacon pig”) whose meat is leaner than more common commercial breeds. These pigs started out in paddocks over grown with all the deliciousness of Mother Natures great seed bank to help re-establish the paddocks and moved out to the Salad Bar of Grasses. We supplemented with a No Soy Organic Feed along with any extras from the Garden Harvests & Eggs. Boy do they like the Eggs!
Most of our laying hens have been Red Star, known for their high productivity in large to jumbo sized eggs in varying shades of brown. They also become stewing chickens for fabulous pot pies, chicken & dumplings, and slow-cooker meals when their egg-laying days are over. All the laying hens are free-range birds supplemented with a No Soy Certified Organic Feed. There were 5 Easter Eggers that we brought with us from Sheboygan that laid varying shades of Green/Blue Eggs.
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