farming practices

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Sustainable Agriculture

Our cattle are born and raised on the rolling hills of the Appalachian Mountains. We're passionate about sustainable agriculture, constantly working to build soil health. We have not used chemical fertilizers or insecticides on our pastures in decades. Our grassland is teeming with soil microbes and earthworms that are missing in fields that have heavy chemical applications. We plant grasses with root structures that reach deep into the soils ( as much as 11 feet) to bring up minerals that have been locked below plow pan soils for years. Raising cattle with extremely low use of fuels and equipment has been a management goal from the inception of our grass-fed operation here at Thistle Creek Farms. Our cattle are never confined, they harvest their own feed nearly every day of the year, and fertilize the grasses as they move on to new pasture.

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no gmo’s

We have always been quite concerned about the health of our soils and our livestock. For more than three decades we have not used an insecticide on our farm. We quit using chemical fertilizers at nearly the same time. What we got in return were soils that became alive with earthworms and microbial activity. Our root structures reached deep into the soils to bring up minerals stored there. Our soils became healthy which has added health benefits to our products as well. We decided against planting anything that was genetically modified even though the seed producers expounded great benefits. We were skeptical and felt there needed to be more research before the use of GMO's took place on our farm. There is much debate on both sides. We will not be planting anything GMO until they are proven to be safe for the soils, animals, and people.  We could get more production per acre with GMO's, but we decided years ago that we would not go the GMO route.