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We strive to create a pasture-based ecosystem that works with nature and honors its abundance.
We strive to provide the most natural, stress-free, pasture-based life possible for our livestock, so they live happy lives, just as nature intended.
Our goal is to provide the peace of mind that comes from having a direct relationship with a farmer you can know and trust.
We understand all too well the food concerns of today.
Megan, Beth, and Kaye all have (a degree of) food allergies because of how most food is made or grown. We value food transparency, and it is our goal to clarify that for you and make it better.
We understand you like to know where your food is coming from and how it lived because we do too.
We understand the impact of a local economy, how fragile that is today, and how resilient a robust local economy can be. We love local economies and believe local is better, and direct to consumer is very important to have a strong food system.
We understand that farmers have the ability to change an entire ecosystem and want to keep ours as close to nature as possible.
We try and make decisions based on resources available to us, what’s best for the animal, and what’s best for the land, all in one comprehensive outlook.
Some call it Regenerative Farming or Holistic Management; others call it Traditional Farming the way our ancestors did when we all homesteaded.
We call it a work in progress.
We have always had a passion for caring for animals and wanted to do our own thing, and have our farm. We purchased our first 180 acres just before we were married. We started our “from scratch” farm by purchasing cows that made up a small dairy a few days after saying "I Do" in 2010. We milked about 40-90 cows throughout the various years in rented barns and recently sold our small dairy herd of 50 to start the Drover Hill brand on April 1, 2020.
We started our beef herd with four heifers in 2014 and have rigorously and specifically bred for the type of animals we could be proud to call ours. We have favorites and love calving out our own animals. All of our beefers are either Red Angus, Black Angus, or Hereford crosses and bred for the pasture life with feed efficiency, maternal instincts, insect resistance, fleshing ability, and longevity for the cows being the main traits we select for.
We had always raised chickens and pigs in the past for our personal use, so when the opportunity came to start offering them to our friends and family for sale, it was a natural transition, just a larger scale.
We were at Ed’s (the previous owner of the Drover Hill brand) buying his pastured pig equipment (feeders, porta-hut shelters, and waters) after we decided "now is the time." He suggested that we continue the Drover Hill brand since he was selling out, and we were just getting started. We sat on that info for six months before we decided that it was what we were going to do- and the rest is history.
We never bought his land since we have ~700-900 acres of landmass between rented and owned land already built during our dairy years.
Our story is one of resilience. We tell people all the time, we are more stubborn than smart, and that's why we still farm.
We’ve never followed status quo thinking and believe that how something is raised and cared for translates into better nutrients for us. We still love caring for and raising all kinds of species and hope to bring more to our little ecosystem next year.