Listing Information

Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partners

Informal 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.

Counties

Granite, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders

Acreage

11-40, 41-100, 101-500, 500+

Type of Operation

Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Other

Farming Practices

Organic, 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.

Transition Arrangements

Buy/Sell, Cropshare, Lease, Open to other arrangements

If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explain

N/A

Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:

I am always open to learn new things and I am never opposed to criticism in any form. I would love to learn from the current land owner, and I want to be able to work with their goals and aspirations for their land to ensure their vision of their land use is being met.

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