Life on the Farm
Here is our story in pictures where we try to illustrate what life is like on our small family farm. we hope this gives you a sense of who we are and the life we lead as well as demonstrate transparency. We strive to give you a clear picture of where and how you food is produced. Feel free to come for a visit and see for yourself.
Spring Field work normally starts in late April and extends to Mid May. We plant corn soybeans and alfalfa hay in that order. Alfalfa tends to last 4-5 years. Corn and soybeans are planted annually.
Harvesting Alfalfa hay usually begins end of may early June. We traditionally harvest 3 or 4 crops depending on rainfall. Hay crops are usually harvested 5 to 6 weeks apart for beef hay. Dairy hay tends to be harvested sooner to increase nutrient value.
The harvest of soybeans usually starts in Oct. Corn is usually harvested in November and December.
At Midwest Best, we mix all our own feed to ensure the quality and the content of our feed. We do not buy any premixed additives. The individual ingredients are added to the TMR (Total Mix Ratio or basically a giant mixer) and mixed to provide uniform consistency of the ingredients. This process is considerably more time consuming and expensive than that of the industrial feedlots, but we feel it is the only way we can ensure the quality and the composition of the feed we provide our beef.
At Midwest Best beef we strive to reduce as much stress as possible with our cattle. One of the most stressful events is the day we load the cattle to bring them to the processing facility. Not only is causing undue stress inhumane to the beef, but it reduces the quality of the beef.
My daughter Ireland setting up corral used to funnel cattle into the loading shoot
The corral is setup and ready to load cattle into the trailer. We use the corral to funnel the cattle into the loading shoot and ultimately into the trailer.
Cattle are loaded as quickly as possible with the help of our collie dog. We use the plastic paddle to gently move them along
Cleaning the Cattle Shed
At Midwest Best beef strive to maintain a clean and comfortable living environment. We use deep pack bedding where we continuously add fresh clean bedding on top of old bedding. The pack will start to compost overtime providing a soft warm bed for the cattle. We clean the pack out 2 or 3 times a year when we have open fields to spread the manure on for bedding.
Fixing (farm repairs)
When working a small family farm, we have to learn to perform many task ourselves. Fixing farm machinery is a regular part of farming a small family farm.
Live on the farm is not all work. We enjoy our downtime relaxing with family.
How we raise our pork
Our hogs are rotated on six acres of grass filled pasture. This ensures our hogs are happy, healthy, and flavorful.
Our pasture raised hogs are not given routine antibiotic or growth hormones. They are provided with an abundance of space to engage in their nature behavior.
We only raise 100% Berkshire pasture pork. Because of the excellent muscle quality of Berkshire pigs, the pork is superior in taste and eating qualities when compared to other breeds. Berkshires’ high-quality meat is darker, tastier and contains more marbling than most other types of pork.
Our pasture raised pork is fed corn grown directly from our farm. The hogs also have access to an unlimited supply of clean feed and water to insure a quality and humane environment for our hogs.
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