Our methods are not “new age”; we are simply building on old traditions with new ideas. Livestock plays an important role on our farm. They are valued not just for the meat and eggs that they provide, but also for what they contribute to the health of the land.
At Blue Bell Farm, compost and rotational grazing are used to enrich the soil in our pastures. Composting acts as a natural fertilizer, improving soil structure by neutralizing its pH level, increasing nutrient content, warding off plant diseases and offering many other benefits.
Raised on Organic Principles
At Blue Bell Farm our South Pole beef cattle are grass-fed and grass-finished. We provide clean, quality, non-GMO beef with no added hormones or antibiotics.
Our cattle are raised solely on hay, grass, kelp and other natural minerals. This type of diet and management produces clean, healthy beef of superior taste and quality. They never eat grain at any point in their life at Blue Bell Farm. We fully control what’s in their diet by growing everything our cattle eat, with the exception of winter hay, which we procure from other trusted farmers who share in our beliefs.
Through implementing rotational grazing we add diversity into the diet of our cattle. We select each pasture to offer forage at its peak season improving the health of our herd.
Rotational grazing isn’t just good for the cattle; it’s good for the grass as well. It allows the pastures to flourish by mimicking how buffalo once grazed across the United States. Allowing the ground to rest contributes wild life habitat in growing pastures while the cattle are not in residence.
We don’t use hormone implants in our herd because we’re not looking for rapid gain. We understand and take the time and patience necessary to raise entirely grass-fed cattle. We have specially selected our breed, South Pole, because of their smaller size allowing for mature growth to be reached in two years without added hormones
Taste of the Land
The French use the term, terroir, or “a sense of place,” to describe their wine: the taste of the wine reflects the taste of the land. Depending upon certain factors as geology and climate, each wine has its own distinct flavor specific to the environment in which the grapes are grown.
Grass-fed and finished beef can be matched with the same distinction. Our cattle are rotated from pasture to pasture based on season and nutritional needs; this in turn advances the quality of available forage a quality that comes through in the flavor of our beef. Allowing cows to eat nutritional, healthy grass and hay translates into the marbling and fat creating delicious, great textured and flavorful meat.
On an acre of pasture near the farmhouse you’ll find the Blue Bell Farm laying hens enjoying their forage of grass, bugs and earthworms. Their moveable coop or “chicken wagon” is moved to fresh pasture weekly, if not more often, allowing for fresh forage and the opportunity to fertilize new pasture.
The pasture in which the chickens currently roam is the home of our future orchard where the hens will eventually come to assist with pest management and control insect pressure for the trees.
Our eggs are considered non-GMO because our hens mainly consume organically grown pasture forage, combined with a very small amount of certified organic grain supplement. This varied diet provides many benefits, one of which is eggs with the most beautiful, bright yellow, buttery and rich yolks.
Depending upon the season, our eggs may be available for events held at Blue Bell Farm or purchased at the Columbia or Fayette Farmers’ Markets.