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Are there any grass finishers around southern KY?

 
Jared Blankenship
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Location: Glasgow, KY zone 6b
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I'm in the planning stages of buying some livestock for my little farm. I'd like to know if there's anyone within a two hour drive or so of Glasgow, KY that are doing things the right way. I'd like to possibly buy a few calves from someone who has culled for parasite resistance, grass finishing qualities and don't medicate them unless it's a have-to case. And that shouldn't be often. I have a feeling that you folks would be more trustworthy than most on craigslist.
 
Sabin Howard
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Eat Wild KY would be a good place to start. I unfortunately don't know producers in that area personally.
 
Luke Groce
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Location: Louisville, KY
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I'm near Louisville, which is less than a couple hours away. I know a lot of grass finishers selling into this market, but don't know that any are selling breeding stock. Derek Lawson runs the cattle program at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood foxhollow.com and they have the biggest rotational mob stock, holisticy grazing, grass finishing, direct marketing cattle operation that I know of anywhere nearby. Maybe they would sell you some heifers or calves if you caught them at the right time. Do let me know if you find anyone who's got the genetics you're looking for, because I'm thinking of getting my own cattle herd up and going in the next year or so.
 
Jared Blankenship
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Location: Glasgow, KY zone 6b
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I really appreciate the input. I had looked at eat wild a while back and had just forgotten about it. Luke, the farm you're talking about is the type of program I'm looking for. Unfortunately, cattle have gotten even higher since I originally posted the question. So, I don't know that I can afford to take a chance with something going wrong. As a beginner, I could make some very expensive mistakes in a hurry. It makes me want to try sheep and hope that cattle come down later. Thanks again!
 
Luke Groce
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Jared: If you don't have cash or animals, but you have grass, then just do what you can to turn that grass into one or the other, or both. Greg Judy's model in Comeback Farms of grazing someone else's animals might be one to look into.
 
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