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High-quality animal feeds, much like good food, are nutrient-dense and serve as a cornerstone to a healthy lifestyle. This means: no fillers, no chemical additives or preservatives, no chemical residues, and no empty calories. Fresh and healthy feed is nutritionally balanced, delicious, and promotes superior physical performance and mental health. For millennia, feed mills have been the warp and woof of villages and regional societies. A mill is part of a production chain, no link of which can do without the other: farmer – miller – producer. An organic feed mill maintains this social and economic tradition, serving as the center of the sustainable organic production chain and supporting the growth of a viable food system.

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Grass Cubes

Grass Cubes

Grass Cubes

Bill converted a 100 year-old sugarcane plantation into a grove of Albrigia and Rainbow gums.

SHADE-GROWN GRASS HAS MORE PROTEIN

Lower light levels beneath the forest canopy cause shade grown guinea grass to produce more phytoplasts. More phytoplasts mean more protein then that produced by open grown guinea grass (15% vs. 8%)

Wild guinea grass that is harvested, chopped to 1 1/2 length, dried to 15% moisture, then fed through a cuber. It can be used as local feed replacement for cows and horses. 

90% OF HAWAIIAN CATTLE ARE SHIPPED TO THE MAINLAND AND FINISHED ON FEEDLOTS. BILL COWERN MAY HAVE ANOTHER SOLUTION. 

Do the math. It's cheaper to ship a 400 lb cow to a Colorado feedlot than to ship 4 tons of feed to Hawaii. Why? It takes 8 lbs of grass to grow 1 lb of beef. To ship 8 lbs of feed costs $1.40 a lb. 1lb of beef from this same grain that produces might fetch $1.20 per lb. For beef to be local to Hawaii, it's critical that they develop local food supplies like grass cubes.

Organic Feed

Organic Feed

Organic Feed

Organic feed is a feed designed to mimic a chicken's natural diet:

1. Trace minerals

2. Seaweed

3. Diverse grains

4. No corn

5. Rock powders

6. Carbon humates

7. Sprouted wheat, barley, and oats.

Location: Skagit River Ranch, Sedro-Woolley, WA

Featuring: Eiko and George Vojkovich of Skagit River Ranch

Grassfed vs. Cornfed

Grassfed vs. Cornfed

Location: Skagit River Ranch, Sedro Woolley, Washington

For George and Eiko, when profit is the only motive, food is mass-produced without concern for food nutritional values, animal welfare, or the environment.

To them, a sustainable farm is one that produces quality livestock or crops year after year without chemical fertilizer or pesticide inputs of any kind. Such a process financially sustains both a farm's operations and the family whose lives depend upon it. The biggest threats they face are the shortage of unadulterated agricultural land which they can lease in order to grow their business and the increasingly restrictive government regulations directed at small farmers.

They heritage breed seen here dates back to the 50's, a time when animals were much more efficient at grass conversion, before their genetics were re-engineered for feed lot production. It takes cattle 6 to 8 months to grow on grass, but this means the animals lead longer, healthier lives.

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