Pasture Raised Meats
How We Raise Them: animals are moved daily into new paddocks with fresh forage, leaving the area previously grazed to regrow and the manure to break down, providing natural fertilizer for the soil and plants. Moving the animals so frequently ensures that vegetation is never grazed too low to interfere with vigor and regrowth, and also ensures that animals are never feasting on or near their fresh waste.
It doesn't get any better than organic poultry raised on pasture. Our birds are lean, firm, and flavorful due to the healthy environment, fresh air, water and pasture that is part of their daily routine.
Pasturing allows them to live like God intended. They scratch, eat clover and grass, chase grasshoppers, and receive a ration of our own feed mix. No commercial blends are used. Our poultry is free from antibiotics as well.
Since our birds spend a majority of their time grazing pastures, we only raise turkeys and chickens during the warmer months of the year. We try to keep a healthy supply of frozen birds on hand throughout the year. However, the possibility exists that we could run out by spring (especially the turkey). If we are sold out, your order will be added to our order list for the upcoming season.
Our pasture-raised pork is quickly becoming a favorite of our customers. Our pigs live out on pasture for their entire stay here. They are moved to fresh pasture regularly so they stay clean and healthy. Their feed is free of antibiotics and they are not crowded in small pens. In fact, the pigs receive no antibiotics, hormones, or artificial supplements over their lifetime.
Pasture raising adds real value to the meat. A pastured pig is always on fresh grass doing what God intended them to do; root, dig, and run. This definitely improves the quality of the meat and the quality of the animal's life. In a barn, pigs must be fed all their vitamin's and minerals. A pasture raised hog can root and dig to find its own minerals.
Trainum Ranch uses management-intensive grazing, a system that works within the natural bounds of the environment to produce not only healthy animals and nutritious meat, but also healthy soils and plants. The results are self-perpetuating fields that not only last from one year to the next, but grow and become healthier pastures over time. It is a system creates harmony between humans, animals and the earth.
Our rabbits are raised nibbling on the healthy variety of grasses and herbs that grow naturally in our pasture. They are moved to fresh grass every two to three days and their diet is supplemented with fresh ground SOY-FREE feed. We never give our rabbits antibiotics or hormones..
Our sheep are on pasture 24/7 and are rotationally grazed through the large hill country pastures. Gulf Coast lamb is easy to cook and has mild flavor for all those that are used to the stronger more ‘gamey’ tasting lamb. This certainly ain’t your daddy’s mutton! We would love to have the opportunity to introduce you to our growing flock and help make you a “fan of lamb."
We raise our goats and sheep totally on pasture where they have access only to grass, leaves, and other plants to maintain optimal health. During the winter months we provide them with hay to replace the fresh greens. Not only does this lead to healthier animals and meat, but helps with pasture regeneration.
Turkey poults (young birds) come the the farm in mid-summer and begin their days in a brooder. This is a warm place where temperature, drafts, light, and moisture are carefully managed to give the birds a comfortable and safe living environment. The birds will stay in the brooder until they have fully feathered, about six to seven weeks, and can handle a Texas Summer.
Once out of the brooder, the turkeys have free range of the farm. There are no fences to limit their ranging, only their instincts that keep them close to their shelter, food and water. Predators are kept at bay by the presence of people and dogs.
The turkeys we raise are called Broad Breasted Bonze. They have a nice plump shape with plenty of meat. We hope you enjoy eating them as much as we enjoyed raising them.