Sustainability

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.

         Water capture    

 

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

harvesting sustainable

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

with power-packed 

greens that are available

year round.  

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.  

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