Pettit Pastures is a family owned and operated farm near Milaca, Minnesota. Tim and Alice Pettit along with their son and daughter in-law Jake and Larissa Pettit work together to operate the farm. Tim grew up on his parents dairy farm in central Minnesota and was in the dairy business until the mid 1980’s. From then until 2012 Tim was following a different career path. Over the years, the agricultural shift away from the family farm into a more industrialized farming system bothered Tim and his family. In 2012 the Pettits decided to get back into family farming by raising Grass fed beef in Minnesota. At Pettit Pastures, we focus on bringing you the highest quality Grass fed beef in an environmentally friendly way, by focusing on three things: the soil, the grass, and the cows.
Theodore Roosevelt once said, ” The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself”. We believe that is true. Healthy soil is the foundation of any sustainable farm. Healthy soil has more organic matter, more living organisms, reduced compaction, and improves nutrient storage and cycling. Healthy soils also retain more water, making them them less susceptible to pollution, run off, and droughts. How do we create and maintain healthy soil?
Our grasses use the power of healthy soil to capture energy from the sun and transfer it to our cows. We use a diverse mix of warm season grasses, cool season grasses, and legumes to supply our cattle with the nutrition they require. Our rotational grazing system gives the grasses the time they need to rest and fully regrow before the cows harvest them again. This keeps the grass in its fastest and most nutritious stage of growth during the entire summer. In the winter, we feed the cattle hay out in our pastures and fields instead of bringing the cattle into a feed yard. This system of winter feeding recycles the nutrients back into the pastures and fields which improves the soil and grasses for the next growing season.
We raise Lowline cross cattle. Lowline cattle are smaller framed than most commercially raised beef cattle in the U.S. today. Their smaller size helps create high quality beef on a forage diet without the need for grain supplements. Lowline cattle are very calm and this works well with our low stress livestock handling procedures. We do not use growth hormones or antibiotic supplements on our cattle. Our calves are weaned at 9 to 10 months of age. This allows their rumens to fully develop and adds to the quality of our Minnesota grown Grass fed beef. Our cattle are not fed any grain and are allowed to fully mature on an all natural forage diet. This takes time, usually between 18 and 24 months but this creates nutritious, high quality beef.