At Holleman Farms, we believe in being good stewards of our land, and so we are always striving for improvement and innovation in the area of sustainability.
Our rotational grazing system incorporates all of our animals into a unified and symbiotic relationship which serves to enrich the land.
Our herd of Dexter cattle, for
example, is rotated in paddocks
throughout the farm, thus
spreading manure and water
evenly, sustaining grasses, and
minimizing weeds. The cattle stay
healthier as they continuously
move away from their manure.
Cattle that are rotated in this
manner also tend to be more
efficient grazers, thus increasing
per-acre productivity for smaller farms.
Since farming in Texas seems to be synonymous with wishing for more rain, one of our big goals this year is to implement some innovative ways to capture rainwater and use it for our farming needs.
Our chicken tractor, the moveable home for our flock of laying hens, follows the cattle. The chickens freely roam and enjoy the grass that the cattle have eaten down to a more manageable height for them. They also peck through, break down, and sanitize the manure, as they further fertilize and aerate the soil. The result is improved fertility and healthier land without the addition of chemical fertilizers.
The pigs are rotated through the wooded areas of our farm, where they enjoy doing what they were made to do, forage and dig up roots and acorns, cleaning up the unwanted brush from our woods and tilling up the soil.
Alternative feed sources
The major cost of raising pigs and chickens is FEED, FEED, FEED, and especially when using natural, non-GMO sources. So we are exploring the possibility of
and high-quality feed
sources to supplement
our feed. We’re also
growing fodder from
wheat and barley seed
to supplement our
chickens’ and pigs’ diets
greens that are available
We have found that when we move them to a new paddock,
they have little interest in their feed for a while because they are too busy enjoying the natural forage. And as long as we rotate them often
enough, we are always amazed to see the beautiful green grass coming up in the areas where they spent time just being hogs. This year, we plan on employing the pigs in tilling up our gardens and stirring the compost.