The key to reducing the carbon footprint, diminishing environmental impact and providing a truly superior local product all lies in our Compost Finishing Barn.
Resting on the top of a hill behind our grain storage facility, the barn took years to design and construct - providing the ultimate in comfort and sustainability for our cattle and our farm.
Having the ability to grain finish on site means a massive reduction in the carbon footprint. Instead of sending our cattle out west to finish on commercial feed lots, we're able to keep it local - the entire process from birth to slaughter happens in a 25 mile radius.
Here's how it works
- The barn is built with solid concrete floors and perimeter, eliminating any runoff into ground water supplies.
- Once a month, we bring in a truckload of sawdust from a local saw mill to use as a bedding agent for our calves.
- Once a day - sometimes twice, depending on weather - we till together the sawdust with the waste, where the microbes decompose the organic material aerobically.
- Once a year, we harvest the compost from the barn and use it as an outstanding organic fertilizer on our crops.
- Rainwater is collected from the Compost Finishing Barn and repurposed for irrigation on our farm.
- A combination of fans, open ventilation and the composting means that the barn is virtually free of insects and foul odors.
- During cooler months, the aerobic activity within the composting bedding agent provides a natural heat source for our calves.