Welcome to Little Red Farm Frequently Asked Questions Page
What Makes LRF Special?
Little Red Farm was found after a 3 year search by Kyle & Mindy McGrew to find a country home with outbuildings and no neighborhood covenants. The buildings begged to be made useful again and soon the coop was housing the Hen Mafia, the corn crib filled with logs for the wood burning furnace. The next summer pigs, livestock guardian dogs and barn cats made their home here and by the next spring the first bottle calves arrived.
As the farm grew, we realized it needed to support itself. We discovered while many people were only a generation or two removed from a farm, most people didn’t have the ability to raise their own meat and eggs, but want to feed their family food from animals raised the way God intended. Offering food and other items from Little Red Farm is not only a means to support our chosen life, but to share our little bit of landlocked paradise with the community and world around us. Animals on our farm are livestock and not pets, however, as you can see by our photos here, on FB, and IG, they are cared for in the way that makes them not only healthy and happy, but downright pampered. We care for our animals multiple times per day, they have access to both the barn/shelter or outside, they are kept with other animals for companionship, they always have access to fresh food and water, and each group gets the extra things throughout the year to make them the pampered animals they are.
What Does LRF Offer?
LRF currently offers free range chicken eggs, pastured poultry, pastured pork, pastured beef, and farm decor, apparel and gifts.
What Will LRF Offer In The Future?
We are hoping to have milk available the end of 2018. We are also considering offering daily hunting privileges for a fee during the snow geese migration. If any of these interest you, let us know and we can answer questions and let you know when they come available.
Why Isn’t LRF Organic?
As wonderful as organic items can be, our farm is not organic. We have found that as with most things, the truth of the conventional v. organic food debate lies somewhere near the middle. The best health is found in making sure our animals have all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals needed to grow and mature properly. We can’t always get that in an organic form, or even when we can it’s not always feasible to pass that cost onto you. We work with a professional animal nutritionist and have seen a wonderful outcome for our farm. We use natural, organic, or conventional feed based on the need and the animals, but never medicated feed. We keep our animals healthy with a low stress environment and closed herd mentality (meaning we don’t bring animals in and out regularly and you won’t see our animals at the fair). In doing so, we avoid vaccinations and excess medications needed to decrease loss risks that are necessary in larger farm operations. Here’s an article addressing low stress lifestyles for pigs and why it matters.
What Does Naturally Raised Mean at LRF?
We do use a chemical wormer/anti-parasitic on our hogs and cattle annually or semi-annually along with pasture rotation and natural food supplements to support internal health. We do not use any chemical supplements or medications to grow our animals faster or with more muscle tissue. Our poultry is currently processed at Duncan Poultry LLC and the beef and pork are processed at a local meat processor without having anything added to them unless you make a special request. In caring for our animals, if there’s a natural way to improve their health, that’s the choice we make, but occasionally an emergent situation calls for whatever means necessary and we won’t let an animal suffer simply because of our crunchy preferences. In the meantime bust out the garlic and lets toast with apple cider vinegar to happy healthy food!
What Is Free Range?
Free range means that our chickens are allowed to come and go as they please. Most of them choose to roost in the coop at night, which is safest for them but there are occasionally some that choose to sleep in our other outbuildings. We close the coop after dark and reopen it in the morning. They wander during the day, and snack on whenever they find, fallen apples, pig feed, herbs in our yard, the occasional veggies we toss out for them, bugs and sometimes they even eat mice and small snakes. If someone tells you chickens are vegetarians, have a chuckle and walk away. Their favorite treats are cat food and…..wait for it….eggs. If they eat them, you can too.
What does Pasture Raised Mean?
Pastured or pasture raised means the animal is at minimum outside with room to forage. Ideally, it means that they have access to lush pastures. Since Nebraska has all four seasons our animals vary between the two. They love having room to wander and run no matter what season it is.
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