our animals

Here at Grass + Grit, we have carefully selected each species and breed that we raise. Each animal plays an integral role within a larger system, and these choices are critical in maintaining the health of our animals and the land we farm. With careful planning, we rotationally graze these different groups of animals to produce delicious meat while also improving soil fertility and pasture productivity.

We have specifically sought out breeds that are hardy and proven to thrive on pasture. Whenever possible, we raise heritage breeds that celebrate the rich farming history of the Hudson Valley. In many cases, our animals are also considered “dual-purpose,” which means they can be raised for more than one product, such as sheep for wool and meat.

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 Our pigs are raised on pasture and in the woods where they lounge under oak trees (they love acorns!). In addition to nuts and fresh pasture, they receive non-GMO feed that is grown and milled locally in Hudson, NY. Our pigs are a mix of different heritage breeds, giving them excellent foraging abilities.

Our pigs are raised on pasture and in the woods where they lounge under oak trees (they love acorns!). In addition to nuts and fresh pasture, they receive non-GMO feed that is grown and milled locally in Hudson, NY. Our pigs are a mix of different heritage breeds, giving them excellent foraging abilities.

 In 2018, we incorporated a few head of cattle to our grazing rotation to fully utilize the pastures and help in weed control and soil regeneration. Our cattle are a mix of Red Devon, Black Angus, and Ancient White Park. They’re 100% grass-fed and finished.

In 2018, we incorporated a few head of cattle to our grazing rotation to fully utilize the pastures and help in weed control and soil regeneration. Our cattle are a mix of Red Devon, Black Angus, and Ancient White Park. They’re 100% grass-fed and finished.

 We raise 100% grass-fed and finished Katahdin and Coopworth sheep. The Coopworth sheep are a dual-purpose breed that produces incredibly beautiful wool in addition to tasty meat. Katahdin sheep, on the other hand, have hair (like goats) rather than wool. Katahdins do very well in our climate and are known for producing high quality, mild-flavored meat.

We raise 100% grass-fed and finished Katahdin and Coopworth sheep. The Coopworth sheep are a dual-purpose breed that produces incredibly beautiful wool in addition to tasty meat. Katahdin sheep, on the other hand, have hair (like goats) rather than wool. Katahdins do very well in our climate and are known for producing high quality, mild-flavored meat.

 Our meat chickens are raised on pasture and moved to fresh grass two times a day, every day. They play an integral role in the farm by fertilizing the pastures with their manure, which leads to healthier soils and better forage for all the animals on the farm. We raise Freedom Rangers, which are specifically bred to thrive in a free-range, pasture-based system like ours. They take longer to reach harvest weight than industrial breeds which leads to more tender, succulent meat that is higher in beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids.

Our meat chickens are raised on pasture and moved to fresh grass two times a day, every day. They play an integral role in the farm by fertilizing the pastures with their manure, which leads to healthier soils and better forage for all the animals on the farm. We raise Freedom Rangers, which are specifically bred to thrive in a free-range, pasture-based system like ours. They take longer to reach harvest weight than industrial breeds which leads to more tender, succulent meat that is higher in beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids.