Greener Pastures Ranching Ltd. is a diverse family farm near Busby, Alberta managed by Steve and Amber Kenyon. The main operation (or profit center as we like to call it ) on our ranch is custom grazing cattle throughout the summer. We run a flexible number of animals on leased land using intensive rotational grazing management. Through rotational grazing we improve the biodiversity in our pastures, improve the soil life, improve the carbon carrying capacity of our grasslands and improve our wetlands.
Not only do we rotate our cattle, but we have also taken the same grazing principles that we use to move these larger animals and applied them to pigs. By rotating the animals out on pasture, not only are we improving the land itself, but we are also raising the animals in a healthy, natural way. A way that helps to negate the need for a lot of chemicals, producing high quality meat products that are higher in omega 3’s, trace vitamins and nutrients than conventionally raised products. Our pigs are also supplemented with an organic oats, peas and barley mixture that is grown together by one of our local neighbours. Additionally we give them garlic, apple cider vinegar and pumpkin to help fight internal parasites and boost the animals immune system. To ensure that we carry the principles that we’ve raised the animals with right to the packaged, finished product we also have the majority of our processing done without the use of synthetic nitrates or gluten.
Our passion for the land and the animals that depend on it for their survival has taken us to teaching about our ranch and our practices. Through writing articles in The Stockman Grassfarmer, The Canadian Cattlemen and The Blade, as well as schools, seminars and speaking engagements across North America, we seek to help farmers enhance their current farm businesses and encourage people that may be looking into farming as both a career and a way of life.
For more information on what we are up to, check out www.greenerpasturesranching.com