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Grateful Graze

Ranch Office & Pick Up Location
19065 IL - Hwy 81
Cambridge, IL 61238

© 2018-2020 Grateful Graze, LLC. All rights reserved.

 

Grateful Graze, Raised on Good Stuff, Bringing Livestock Back to the Land are trademarks of Grateful Graze, LLC.

 

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Bringing Livestock Back to the Land

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Our Promise To You and To Our Livestock

  1. Grain - our ruminant animals eat grass and cover crops for their entire lifetime. Any grains in our cover crop mix are grazed prior to grain formation. Chickens require grain and are fed organic grains along with fresh grass by moving their homes daily.

  2. Hormones, Pesticide, Vaccines and Wormer - none are ever given as they aren't needed with moves to fresh paddocks. Livestock have access to oilers filled with essential oils for fly and pest control.

  3. Antibiotics - our goal is to never administer antibiotics. However, in the event the animal requires it for an injury or illness, we will give an antibiotic and tag them with a red ear tag. This meat is then sold into a different market. Our customers never receive products that have been treated with an antibiotic.

  4. Great Life - our livestock live a great life. We treat them with respect and allow them to flourish in their natural environment. We are committed to their care for their entire life on our farm. 

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OUR CATTLE

This bird is deep red in color and was selected because they are great foragers of bugs and grass. Living on pasture provides a great life for them while at the same time they are doing great things for the soil. They come to us as baby chicks and start off in our brooder. The brooder is designed to give them the comfort and protection they need during the delicate first few weeks. When they are ready for more space we me move them into the “Big House”.

 

They are moved into the mobile coop (hoop house) that protects them and gives them the shelter and daylight that they naturally want. The mobile coop holds up to 600 chickens and is pulled onto fresh grass each day keeping the floor fresh while leaving the “fertilizer” behind. Using some ingenuity with our UTV and a remote control held by our ranch hand inside the coop, the building can be moved forward while keeping all the chickens safe from the moving building. Take a tour of the chicken tractor here        https://www.gratefulgraze.com/post/chicken-coop-tour

Their grass and foraging diet is supplemented with organic non-GMO grain to satisfy their needs. They are quite safe and comfortable in the open air, grass floor of this building.

OUR MEAT CHICKENS - BREED: FREEDOM RANGER

The addition of the sheep brings another level of diversity to our farm. Katahdin sheep are commonly called “Hair Sheep”.

Having a coat of hair that self sheds in the spring eliminates the need for shearing that is done on wool sheep. There is no demand for wool and it’s an added expense that we have eliminated. They are very well adapted to our weather here in western Illinois.

 

 

OUR SHEEP

BREED: KATAHDIN

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OUR HENS