Our grassfed cattle are raised from birth on grass/legume pastureland. Our farm is comprised of pastures that do not receive herbicides, pesticides or commercial fertilizer. They contain a blend of grasses, forbs, and legumes to give animals a balanced diet. This form of feeding livestock gives the highest quality milk and meat and the CLA (which is anti-carcinogenic) levels are therapeutic. Studies suggest that eating milk and meat from animals that only graze on pasture grasses (no grain) will reduce body fat, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. Our cattle remain on pasture year-round. Winter grasses allows the cattle to maintain their body condition, but is not sufficient for rapid growth or milk production. For this reason, we butcher our beef in late June, after they have foraged on the prime spring grasses for 90 days.
Our raw dairy products are produced from cattle that are raised entirely on pasture. They are not confined to a mud lot, stressed by high production demands, or fed unhealthy rations, which is typical for animals that produce commercial dairy products found on store shelves. Our milk is obtained and bottled in a state-quality facility inspected by our customers. From our raw milk, we also make butter, yogurt, kefir, and Wholesome Delight (an immune-boosting blend of dairy products and apple cider).
Our pastured poultry spend the first few weeks of life in a brooder house, and are then moved out to pasture when they are able to tolerate an outdoor climate. They forage on grasses, bugs and insects that they find, and are supplemented with a customized probiotic-enhanced, hormone- and antibiotic-free ration. We raise both meat birds and egg-layers.
Our grassfed lambs are raised on pasture, and enjoy foraging with the calves. Like our cattle, they are not fed grain. Our pigs live by the river in brushy undergrowth and enjoy a rich diet of roots, skim milk and organic grains.
We manage two chemical-free apple orchards nearby, which produce several varieties of apples each fall. From this, we press raw apple cider and make applesauce and apple cider vinegar.
We also have a large population of honey bees at Jako Farm. Bees provide a wonderful balance to our ecosystem, and benefit the pollination of many grasses and plants. Because our hives are place at a central location, our bees have access to the wonderful chemical-free forages on our farm. Our raw honey is harvested in the fall.