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 and eggs 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, or chickens for eggs 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!) and enjoy whey from a local goat dairy. In addition to nuts, fresh grass and whey, they receive non-GMO feed that is grown and milled locally in Hudson, NY. Our pigs are all beautiful red Tamworths, which is a heritage breed originating in England that has excellent foraging abilities.

Our pigs are raised on pasture and in the woods where they lounge under oak trees (they love acorns!) and enjoy whey from a local goat dairy. In addition to nuts, fresh grass and whey, they receive non-GMO feed that is grown and milled locally in Hudson, NY. Our pigs are all beautiful red Tamworths, which is a heritage breed originating in England that has excellent foraging abilities.

We raise a small group of Khaki Campbell and Cayuga ducks for eggs, and Grimaud Pekin ducks for meat. According to local lore, the black-feathered Cayuga breed developed from a pair of wild ducks living in a pond in Dutchess County, New York - right across the river from us! Cayuga ducks are a dual-purpose breed that can be used for egg or meat production. Our Khaki Campbells are excellent foragers that produce white and tinted eggs with outstanding flavor and texture. We also keep a few African geese as guardian animals to protect our ducks and laying hens against predators.

We raise a small group of Khaki Campbell and Cayuga ducks for eggs, and Grimaud Pekin ducks for meat. According to local lore, the black-feathered Cayuga breed developed from a pair of wild ducks living in a pond in Dutchess County, New York - right across the river from us! Cayuga ducks are a dual-purpose breed that can be used for egg or meat production. Our Khaki Campbells are excellent foragers that produce white and tinted eggs with outstanding flavor and texture. We also keep a few African geese as guardian animals to protect our ducks and laying hens against predators.

We raise heritage-breed laying chickens including Silver Laced Wyandotte, Ameraucana, Buff Orpington, and Australorp. Our hens enjoy continuous access to fresh pasture, a roomy mobile coop for shelter, and a supplemental diet of non-GMO grain. All of our laying hens are dual-purpose breeds, so we'll have meaty stew birds when it's time to retire the hens from egg laying.

We raise heritage-breed laying chickens including Silver Laced Wyandotte, Ameraucana, Buff Orpington, and Australorp. Our hens enjoy continuous access to fresh pasture, a roomy mobile coop for shelter, and a supplemental diet of non-GMO grain. All of our laying hens are dual-purpose breeds, so we'll have meaty stew birds when it's time to retire the hens from egg laying.

Our goat herd consists entirely of Kiko goats, a hardy breed that is known for producing deliciously mild-flavored meat. Our goats are 100% forage-fed: while they enjoy nibbling on fresh grass, they especially love eating plants like multiflora rose and wild grapevines. Their knack for taking down brushy plants is helping us reclaim and restore our pastures.

Our goat herd consists entirely of Kiko goats, a hardy breed that is known for producing deliciously mild-flavored meat. Our goats are 100% forage-fed: while they enjoy nibbling on fresh grass, they especially love eating plants like multiflora rose and wild grapevines. Their knack for taking down brushy plants is helping us reclaim and restore our pastures.

We raise 100% grass-fed 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 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 on a daily basis. 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 on a daily basis. 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.