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Iowa raised and corn fed natural beef by the 1/4.|
Hello, I am a 6th generation farmer from northwest Iowa. While farming continues to change, some of the best things about having a farm - or your own garden- is that you can maintain the quality control for the food that your family and your friends get. Together with my dad, uncle and cousin, we operate 1,200 acres of corn, soybeans, hay and pasture land and have 16 head of pure angus breeding stock in a cow calf operation. Our family farm is in Greene and Calhoun Counties, northwest of Des Moines about 1.5 hrs. Most of the farm is in grain production, but a project that we started in 2005 with three purebred bred angus heifers has now grown into 16 head of purebred angus breeding stock. We raise all of the cattle "naturally". That is we do not give any growth hormones to promote faster muscle gain. We also do not give any antibiotics to animals headed for meat production - this now includes both heifer and bull calves as we have stopped trying to grow our herd. We also keep the herd on pasture (about a mile east of where G.G.G. Grandpa James Blanchfield first settled after leaving Ireland) from late spring through fall and feed our own grass/alfalfa mix hay and home grown corn while they are up to the buildings for the winter. Another step that we take is to ensure that the cattle have an entirely vegetarian diet. This entails utilizing Purina's Natural line for any protein supplements that they receive. If you would like more information or would like to come to the farm for a visit - I would recommend a mid-June calving visit - just call or email me. Thanks for checking us out. Brett Blanchfield firstname.lastname@example.org 515-710-5223
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Highlights this Month
Mid March through April 2010 Preg-checked cattle and all are doing well, with 7 calves due around the middle of June! We will see if the streak of 1 set of twins per year holds. Sent 4 steers to market middle of last month and all were snapped up pretty quickly. Have one heifer that will go to market this month (4/5) and will be ready for delivery sometime between 4/21-28. Getting ready for planting the crops and fences checked on the pasture, better remind the horses that we get to ride them, not just feed them.