About us

healthy

Beef from our 100% grass fed cattle contains two to three times the amount of conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs) compared to CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operation) grain-finished beef. CLAs are healthy fats associated with reduced cancer risk, reduced cardiovascular disease risk, and better cholesterol levels. It also contains higher levels of antioxidants like Vitamin E and Vitamin A, too.

Eco-Friendly

Beef production has a reputation as being harmful to the environment. A recent research study conducted by Missouri State University (MSU) suggests that managed grazing can potentially offset greenhouse gas emissions, and the finishing phase of beef production can be a net carbon sink, with carbon levels actually being reduced rather than increased. We have seen this on our farm; each year the organic matter of our soils increases. This is done in part by storing carbon from the atmosphere into our pastures’ soil.

ethical

Animals raised in open pastures are healthier, need less human handling, need less drug intervention and have a longer life span. All of our Grass fed beef is from cattle that were born and raised their entire lives on our farm. They do not receive vaccines, hormones, or insecticides, and they do not ingest pastures sprayed with herbicides. The simple fact is that our cattle do not need all of these chemicals. Why? Because they spend their whole life rotating across open pastures, just like nature intended. 

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

– hippocrates

Pettit Pastures is a family owned and operated  farm. 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 near Milaca MN.  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.

the soil

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. Soils with high organic matter also retain more water, making them them less susceptible to pollution, run off, and droughts. How do we create and maintain healthy soil?

  1. Pettit Pastures keeps soil covered with vegetation year round.
  2. We use rotational grazing.
  3. Our Farm supports a very diverse plant community.

the grass

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.

the cows

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.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you.  Let us know if we can answer any questions about Minnesota grass fed beef.  We will reply to your request in a timely fashion.

Thank you!!!

Visit Us

9341 125th Ave.

Milaca, MN  56353

Contact us

(612) 401-6872

pettitpastures@gmail.com

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