The steers at Mar-View Farms going into a fresh grass paddock.
Our Grass fed cows grazing our Organic pasture at Mar-View Farms.
Grazing hogs at Mar-View Farms. Our hogs graze our organic pastures early morning until we feed them their daily diet of fruit and vegetables, then they go take their siesta in the woods until the day starts to cool down, then they graze until it's time for them go to bed (and yes they have their beds that they sleep in every night). This video was taken in their afternoon grazing time.
Our motto here at Mar-View Farms is that our animals live how we would like to live if we were them (and they live a good life).
Also our hogs are very high on healthy Omega 3 Fatty Acids since they don't eat grains and are true pastured hogs.
Spreading compost at Mar-View Farms.
It's the time of the year that we graze our pastures low, then we mow them low, then we load the compost onto our spreader so that it can be spreaded onto our pastures.
Our soils really appreciate the nourishment that we feed them, in return the Microbes and biology in the soil that we help feed provides our pastures with high nutrient grasses that our animals eat. That's why our animals are fat and healthy and in turn provide us and our customers with delicious and healthy meats.
We here at Mar-View Farms dedicate our lives for nourishing our soils, our grasses, our animals, our customers and our family. We know that God has given us a great responsibility that seriously honor and attend to.
Tom turkeys at Mar-View Farms. This group of Tom turkeys are regulars following our cows. They do a great job scratching and spreading the manure that the cows excrete, also our piglets follow the cows nosing and spreading the manure. This is how Mother Nature works, different animals contributing in the feeding process of our soils (manures are great food for soils) that in turn our soils provide the nutrients to feed our grasses and in turn our animals eat the grasses that nourishes them and the cycle repeats itself. With these cycles repeating themselves, organic matter is being built in our soils, making our farm more drought resistant and contributing in making our planet better.
Steers discovered the hay barn at Mar-View Farms. It's the time of the year when our summer pastures starts their dormancy stage and the steers found their way in the hay barn through an open gate that is always open but they never had interest going through it. Now we keep the gate closed when the rotation takes them through there. As of this last September 17 we started to plant our winter crop that will feed our animals through the winter.I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.
New baby chicks arrive at Mar-View Farms. This batch of chicks are one of the more active that we have received, they run from one side of the brooder to the other like if they were playing. This homemade brooder has worked very well for us and provides the necessary heat when the chicks need it. It also has plenty of space for them be out of the heat when they want to. The chicks will be in the brooder until they are fully feathered and can handle the outside elements. When they get transferred to their outside chicken house, they will have access to pasture, Non- GMO feed, insects, fruits and vegetables that we provide to them. Our chickens live a happy none stressful life the we would like to live if we where them. This method of raising our chickens makes a healthy tasty chicken that we and our customers enjoy.
Winter grazing field shortly to be grazed at Mar-View Farms. This is a 50 acre irrigated cover crop field that will be divided into 30 paddocks that will provide winter grazing to our finishing steers and weaned heifers. We have not received any significant rain in over three months and thanks to our irrigation pivots we are able to produce winter grazing for our finishing grass fed steers.
Goats & Sheep leaving to graze from their night security corral at Mar-View Farms. Every morning we release the herd and in the afternoon after a day of grazing they automatically graze their way back to the safety of their corral sleeping area.
Hogs grazing our pecan orchard at Mar-View Farms. It's the time of the year when our pecans, acorns, persimmons, china berries and other seeds are dropping. Our hogs, goats and sheep are all taking advantage eating them at a time when our pastures have been going into their winter dormancy. The flavor and health benefits that these nuts put into our meats is one that cannot be found in the grocery store.
Spreading compost at Mar-View Farms.
Loading compost onto a spreader at Mar-View Farms and curious hogs
Composting at Mar-View Farms
The steers at Marview Farms in their afternoon paddock.
Compost pile being watered at Mar-View Farms. We water our compost to accelerate the decomposition of the organic carbon mater that we import onto our farm. We first let the carbon organic matter cook for several week and then turn it 3 to 4 times during several months.
The turning and watering process breaks down the compost faster for us to be able to spread it onto our pastures quicker.
We work very hard to provide good food biology to our soils, because all good food and animal performance starts with good soils.
Loading compost onto our semi-truck for in farm transportation at Mar-View Farms. We make our compost in different parts of the farm, which sometimes are far away from where is to be spread out. So to save time and equipment usage we transport the compost in our semi-truck and unloaded in the area that it is to be used. Our equipments allows us to maximize the amount of work that we produce with minimal efficient labor.
Compost being unloaded with our semi-truck at Mar-View Farms. This area of the farm is the recipient of this rich compost that will organically feed and nourish the microbes in the soil, in turn it will provide our winter annual cover crops to flourish and nourish our multi-species of animals and wildlife. From there it will provide great tasting and nutritious proteins that will nourish our family and customers.
Mama pig feeding her babies at Mar-View Farms. This mama has a beautiful litter of twelve piglets, she is laying in a bed of ground peanut hulls inside one of our catch pens. Here they congregate to keep warm and dry during our blessed rainy days that we have been having. We provide a good environment inside the pens so when we have to catch them it has minimal stress on them and ourselves.
Playing babies at Marview Farms. In the past two weeks we have been blessed with the birth of over 100 new baby goats and lambs combined (more to come). The babies use their safety corrals a their playground and it's relaxing to watch them run, jump and play in groups. Shortly when they get stronger they will be allowed to leave with their moms to graze. In the mean time they stay in their nursery creating their social skills and having fun.
Babies Playing Part 2
Puppy time at Mar-View Farms. We have some great friendly Anatolian/Maremma puppy's who do a great job performing the job that they are bred for, which is to protect livestock. The parents are both greatly working here at our farm protecting all of our animals.