Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersInformal apprenticeship, General college degree, General farming (over 3 years)
Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.Currently I own 60 acres of timberland northeast of Arlee, MT, where I have began to successfully raise goats and cattle on a silvopasture model with help from local farmers, NRCS advice, and trial and error. I am the owner of a successful nationwide livestock transportation company and I have moderate experience with a large array of types of livestock.
CountiesGranite, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders
Acreage11-40, 41-100, 101-500, 500+
Type of OperationLarge Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Other
Farming PracticesOrganic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.I am currently looking to expand our cattle operation to provide the highest quality, grass-fed/grass-finished beef available to the greater Missoula area market tailored to direct marketing and sales to the individual at farmers markets, local groceries and restaurants, and “farm to table” establishments.
Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.I believe in good land stewardship practices and I place a premium on soil health and development, therefore to accomplish this with cattle, I will be using an intensives rotational grazing method in which the cattle will be moved daily (electric fencing grazing) and the previous days pasture will be given 30-45 days of rest and recovery depending on environmental conditions related to forage production.
This method of grazing makes the best use of the available forage, provides much needed nutrients to the soil in the form of trampled feed, cattle urine and excrement, and allowing grass to naturally recover and sustain itself without being overgrazed. I have found this method to virtually eliminate noxious and invasive Weed species on our own property without the use of one drop of herbicide or chemical control.
This intensive rotational grazing is also ideal for cattle health and longevity, with no need for hormones or vaccinations due to them being on fresh ground daily. The cattle are never confined in feed lot conditions or in a constant grazing model which deteriorates animal and soil health.