Rotational grazing mimics the grazing of ruminants (primarily the bison) on the prairies. The flerd (flock+herd) is moved around the farm’s 13 pastures, which are subdivided to make over 50 paddocks. They graze each paddock for 1-3 days, taking the best, trampling coarser vegetation back to the earth (sequestering carbon in the process), and move on before the forage starts to regrow.
Livestock production like this is not only good for the environment, but it produces food and fiber in the most sustainable manner. The goal of Pine Knob is to have a balance between the number of critters and the feed that the land can produce, so as to make a soft and gentle footprint on the earth. Consumers are encouraged to buy meat efficiently (plan ahead, buy in quantity, cut down on trips to the store) to avoid plastic packaging where possible (have your lamb and beef paper-wrapped); and to eat beef and lamb, wear wool and enjoy the warmth and luxury of lambskins with a reverence for the cattle and sheep that ate the pastures that provide for us all.