Our Ethos

We work to protect the Coeur D'Alene River by reducing erosion, sequestering nutrients, and maintaining stream bank cover.

Accomplishing this requires safeguarding the entire water shed because every drop of rain and every snowflake eventually finds it's way to the river. Coexisting with nature, rather than working against it, allows us to grow healthy, delicious beef, while enhancing the ecosystem we live in and we accomplish this by mimicking nature in the way our cows graze.

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In a balanced ecosystem, predators keep ungulates (animals with hooves, like bison and cows) bunched up and moving. This creates a high impact, low frequency effect that soil, grass and animals coevolved to respond to, and builds top soil, sequesters carbon and allows for species diversity. 

We use electric fence to mimic predators and move the fence at least once a day and sometimes several times a day. We do this because we want every square inch of a paddock stepped on, pooped on, or eaten. The hooves of the cows incorporate organic matter into the soil, their manure fertilizes the soil biology, and eating grass promotes new growth. This happens for a short period, less than 24 hours and then the cows move on and don't return to the same spot for months. This gives the pasture time to fully recover before the next grazing. This 'pulsing' of high animal impact and then long periods of rest does amazing things for grasslands.

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Grasses and ungulates (of which cows and bison are) coevolved and need each other to fulfill their life cycles. Done right, a positive reinforced cycle of sunshine, rain, and animal impact builds top soil and continues to improve ecosystem health. How do you think the great plains got dozens of feet of beautiful soil? The pulsing of 30 million bison and their life cycle. 

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