Earth Works Farm is building a herd of animals which we believe is suitable for our prairie climate and range feeding. Right now it includes Scottish Highland-Galloway crosses and Simmental-Scottish Highland crosses. We are breeding for short legs, warm coats, and good finishing on grass. We calve out from May onwards to avoid the usual spring storms.
Our beef is grass and forage fed & finished. Our winter feeding program includes hay, forage and barley sprouts (this is a by-product of the barley malting process; it is the sprout and rootlet of the seed, it does not affect the pH balance of an animal’s rumen so acidosis, caused by feeding grain, is not a concern). We slaughter in the summer and fall when the cattle are coming off good forage and they are dry-aged for 3 weeks before cutting.