Highland Cattle Herd Reduction:

Significant herd reduction! We are going a different direction with livestock and will be selling off most of our small herd. Great opportunity to pick up some exposed females for potential calfs starting in June. All cattle are unregistered.

On offer:
1 – small bull. This guys is a pretty sweet little guy coming 2 years old (March 15th 2017). He was purchased to service our cattle, but is NOT a full sized bull. Would be an awesome mini sire or companion or meat. Dark blond/light red in coloring. $1000

1 – exposed coming 3 year old (April 1st, 2016) cow. This cow delivered and raised a calf unaided last year. Exposed to a proven bull for earliest delivery ~June 4th, 2019. Deep red/brindle undertones. Possibly willing to sell with 2018 heifer calf. $1200 along, $1700 with heifer calf.

1 – exposed coming 2 year old heifer (April 12th, 2017). This heifer is a sister of the above cow. She is out of a cow that consistently delivers and raises her calfs without intervention. No breeding witnessed on her, but behavior and size indicate potential breeding. Deep red/brindle undertones. $1200

Our cattle are fully raised on pasture. We do not force wean. We utilize management intensive, multi-species grazing to keep parasite loads low.

Spring time = running!

It’s been a busy two months since the last update!  The lambs are all doing amazingly well and are growing well on the lush grass!  Our milder winter, early warm weather, and then moderating temperatures over the last few weeks have led to thick, nutritious pastures.  Hard to tell the lambs from the adults! This years crop of meat lambs are going to be big, lean, and ready in the fall!  Reserve your share today!

Unfortunately, farming isn’t all happy news.  Bossy our herd lead, lost her calf.  There were no apparent deformities, but he was premature and unable to survive.  She’s a great cow and we are hopeful she will breed back this year.  (Bossy, mugging for the camera in the winter of 2017).

Bossy’s daughter – Heffa (out of our former bull – Arturo) – did successfully calf a little heifer of her own.  She did what our Highlands have always done, found a secluded spot and delivered in the bushes.  Fiona, had a little bit of a difficult time figuring out life at first, but Heffa was patient and the pair are doing well.  As hoped Heffa has her dam’s mothering instincts!

Believe it or not – there is a baby cow in all that grass!

Last, but certainly not least on the baby front: PIGLETS!  Sweet Nora delivered 6 healthy KuneKune piglets on June 7th.  4 boars, 2 gilts – all are double wattled and cute as can be.  They will be DNA’d in ~3 weeks.  Expected parentage: Nora (wilsons gina) x Tabor (boris).

 

Welcome!

Welcome to Balanced Earth Farm’s corner of the interweb!

We are a small (but growing) sustainable farm in the beautiful Columbia Gorge; specifically, in Hood River, Oregon.  Hood River is an amazing little town nestled right on the banks of the mighty Columbia River that divides Oregon from Washington.  We are a mecca for windsurfing, kite boarding, mountain sports, kayaking, running and biking of all kinds.  In addition, our fertile valley produces an array of fruits and plants: apples, pears, blueberries, lavender and wine grapes!

On our farm we currently raise cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and occasionally turkeys for meat and eggs.  These animals are also integral in our pasture management and improvement, vineyard maintenance, and humor!

Our animals are used in a management intensive grazing program in which they are rotated daily onto new pasture for grazing.  This ensures healthy pasture land, more even distribution of fertilizer, decreased need for chemical parasite control and allows us to graze from approximately April to November.

We are in process of planting approximately 10 acres of wine grapes – look for our wines in the coming years!

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