Our mission at Lone Oak Pastures is to produce nutrient dense food using sustainable practices that build soil and pass our greatest natural resource to the generations that follow. This means mimicking the bio-dynamic patterns of nature to work with the abundant diversity of life and not against it.
Some of the ways we accomplish this goal is by integrating livestock together and allowing land to rest after disturbance. Generally speaking, you will not find a mono-culture or bare soil in nature. By integrating various species together, beneficial symbiosis help all species to thrive. By using multiple species and rotating them frequently (usually every day) to new pasture, plants are able to recover, develop deeper roots, and build more soil. In turn, the soil will allow for better water infiltration and retention, improved nutrient cycling, reduced erosion, and reduced nutrient runoff. Finally, the result of the benefits above are not limited to carbon sequestration and the other environmental impacts, but also provide more nutrient dense and nutrient balanced food. Healthy soil grows healthy plants that feed our animals. The virtues of grassfed meats have long been extolled, but the limiting factor is soil health. What is taken from the land cannot exceed the health of the soil in which it is grown. Raising animals in the sunshine and fresh air where they can exhibit their natural instincts in a low stress environment is a natural practice that ties it all together.
Our sheep live their entire lives outdoors with no steroids or antibiotics ever. Lambs are born right on the pasture and eat nothing but forage their entire lives. This is also the case with our ewes and rams. We manage our pastures so the animals can graze year round with little to no hay needed. Generally speaking, dormant pasture is more nutritious than hay.
We obtain the pigs after they are weaned at which point they live out their lives on our pasture. As an omnivore, they can't live on grass alone, so they are provided a non-GMO, unmedicated feed. They are rotated through our pastures and woods where they enjoy the nutritious benefits of grasses, roots, and nuts while having the room to root, run, and roll around which is natural pig behavior.
Chickens are started in a brooder with a heat lamp indoors. Weather permitting, they are moved out to pasture at 2 to 3 weeks of age where they spend the remainder of their lives. They are moved to fresh grass daily, and like the pigs, receive a non-GMO, unmedicated feed in addition to the countless bugs and grasses they consume.