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    True Cost of Pork

    Posted on June 1, 2018 by in All, Local, Soil Health

    So Many Pigs, So Little Fresh Air. Most farmers make great neighbors. But if your farm includes thousands of pigs confined to buildings, and stinky outdoor anaerobic lagoons to hold all the pig waste, it’s difficult to be neighborly. A jury just delivered a verdict worth more than $50 million to ten plaintiffs who live […]

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  • Reducing Mechanical Tillage

    Posted on April 3, 2018 by in All, Farm Update, Soil Health

    The invention of the plow was a key development in human history. It allowed the mass cultivation of land to grow food. Nevertheless, in hindsight, it was a case of overstepping nature’s guidelines. In all but the most brittle environments, nature covers untilled soil with a living green boimass, that acts like a sponge. Rain […]

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  • Is The Grass Green Enough?

    Posted on February 1, 2018 by in All, Local, Soil Health

    Despite all the talk about cows being a major culprit in our weather woes, cattle, AND thus humans eating beef, can be a force for good in the world. The negatives associated with cattle are a management matter rather than an inherent cow issue. Throughout all of history, milk, meat, hides and other cattle products […]

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  • Beware of Beef Labels

    Posted on January 18, 2018 by in All, Farm Update, Healthy Beef, Local

    Grassfed or Grass Finished Beef? As the public has become more aware that “grassfed” beef has greater health benefits than the “feedlot” beef typically found in supermarkets and restaurants, advertising word games have begun. In fact, “grassfed beef” is starting to appear in many supermarkets and even fast food restaurants. But is it really? First […]

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  • How The Water Cycle Affects Our Weather

    Posted on December 8, 2017 by in All, Healthy Beef, Soil Health

    We often talk about how through managed rotational grazing Pettit Pastures is improving soil health and the water cycle on our farm. In this article we go into more detail on how improved soil health and a functional water cycle are intertwined. Back in grade school, most of us learned about the water cycle. Rain […]

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    City Ordinance Exposes Antibiotics In Meat Production.

    Posted on November 13, 2017 by in All, Healthy Beef, Local

    San Francisco recently passed an ordinance that may affect the way livestock is raised in the US. The city is requiring major supermarket chains with at least 25 stores, and one in San Francisco, to share details about how antibiotics were used in the production systems that supply their meats. Now you may be wondering, […]

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    Farm Pollution

    Posted on August 23, 2017 by in All, Farm Update, Healthy Beef, Soil Health

      NOAA scientists are reporting that this summer’s dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, at the mouth of the Mississippi River, is the largest ever recorded – 8,776 square miles. That is approximately the size of the state of New Jersey. The dead zone occurs because excessive nutrient pollution (particularly nitrogen and especially phosphorous) […]

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  • Amazon buys Whole Foods

    Posted on July 15, 2017 by in All, Farm Update, Healthy Beef, Local, Soil Health

    In the past, the Pettit Pastures blog has mostly been an update about what has been happening on the farm. Starting with this post, we have decided to change the format a bit. We will still give an abbreviated farm update, but in addition, we will be adding information relevant to the way we farm, […]

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    Spring Farm Update

    Posted on May 29, 2017 by in All, Farm Update

    It has been a while since my last farm update.  I believe we were getting ready for calving season to begin. Now we are just finishing up with calving, working on spring planting, and starting our grazing season. We had 21 calves born this year, all without assistance from us.  All our calves were born […]

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  • March Farm Update

    Posted on March 26, 2017 by in All, Farm Update

    Spring is officially here! With all the warm weather winter seemed rather short, but we made the most of our warm winter, staying busy weaning calves, keeping customers supplied with beef, and fencing new pasture. Pettit Pastures made it through another weaning season with zero calves getting sick! We put a lot of thought and effort […]

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