We raise purebred Scottish Highland Cattle for beef exclusively on grass, brush, and grass hay, much as their ancestors were raised for centuries in Scotland. These cattle grow slowly and produce exceptionally tender and flavorful meat which is low in cholesterol and very lean (less than 5% fat).
We split our herd into 4 groups: 1 production cows and bulls, 2 weaned calves, 3 yearlings and 4 animals for our beef markets. Each group is rotated through different pastures and fed in the winter in separate pastures.
Type of Farm Products Sold:
We sell purebred Scottish Highland meat, tanned hides and mounted horns.
Grazing, Pasture and Nutrient Management Practices:
What grass, weeds and brush most cattle will turn up their noses to, Scottish Highland Cattle eat and thrive on. So we use our cattle for pasture and timberland improvement. The pastures are fertilized either with manure or chemical fertilizers recommended after soil samples are taken. We thin the trees on our timberland to open up the canopy, We rely on dormant indigenous grass seed rather than planting to generate pasture under the thinned tree canopy. Our experience is that the indigenous grass browns out later and greens up sooner than commercially propagated grasses. We pay close attention to the length of grass in each pasture and rotate our animals out before they eat the grass too short. We also allow the grass and brush in some fields to get tall for use after the heat and dry weather settle into the Willamette Valley. Highland cattle keep gaining weight even on dry pasture.
As evidenced by the presence of deer, birds, coyotes, cougar and bear, we manage our lands to benefit wildlife as well as our Highland Cattle.
None. However, all of our animals are processed exclusively in a USDA inspected facility.
Encouraged, but by appointment only.
Where Products are Available:
We sell meat through a meat CSA but also through our website (martsonfarm.com) directly to consumers. We also sell to Stone Cliff Inn, Clackamas, and Highland Stillhouse, Oregon City.
More Info and Contact Information:
Visit our website: www.martsonfarm.com