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Please Read Between the Factory Meat Lines

The New York Times recently ran a story about blind taste testing six top contenders of fake meat and plant-based burgers.  There are quotes reiterating the belief that it's better for our health and the environment if consumers eat one of the "other burgers" instead of a real meat burger. These types of stories are literally everywhere right now but one quote from this story in particular caught our attention. It was from Isa Chandra Moskowitz, the chef at the vegan restaurant Modern Love in Omaha, where her own burger is the most popular dish on the menu. She states, "it’s better for people and for the planet to eat one of those burgers instead of meat every day, if that’s what they are going to...

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Why You Want Your Farmer to Use Cover Crops Every Year

A cover crop is a crop that a farmer plants in between/after their cash crop has been harvested. The cover crop manages soil erosion, soil fertility, soil quality, water, weeds, pests, diseases, biodiversity and wildlife in an agro-ecosystem. When properly managed, cover crops can help in the battle against climate change and potentially improve the efficiency of animal agriculture.  Many conventional farmers today are not using cover crops. As a result, the nutrients in their soil are drastically depleted. They then resort to spreading massive amounts of fertilizer year after year. What's so bad about fertilizer? It can't be contained. It eventually ends up in streams, rivers, oceans. If you take a moment to read this article, you'll see how it's traveling from corn and soy farms in...

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A Few of Our Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

September is here, which means it's that time of year where we experience winter at 5 am, spring starts at 10 am, summer arrives around 2 pm, and fall scoots in around 5 to finish the day. We're not always sure how to best dress for the weather, but we're certain that it's time for crock-pots! From tailgating parties on the weekend to full family dinners throughout the week, this classic kitchen appliance is a secret weapon, churning out fantastic meals with little input. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for the crock-pot. Some of them may be prepared low and slow in the oven but you can always enlist a crock-pot to make the most of a "set it and forget it"...

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Can Grassfed Cattle Eat Grass All Winter Long in New Jersey?

Ever wonder how grass fed operations remain 100% grass fed through winter months? There's storage hay of course but that can't really provide the same nutrition as holistic rotational grazing does during spring, summer and fall. The truth is, it takes some creative crop management and the method we're utilizing is still relatively "green" in the gassfed industry. See what we did there?  A few years ago, while on our constant quest to run our farm as holistically as possible and conveniently provide our customers with an outstanding product year round, we found a specialty corn developed just for the grass fed industry.  You see, corn is actually a grass. Right now you might be wondering, "then what's the big deal with grass fed cows following a strict no-corn diet?!"...

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How many species do our pastures have?

Each of Cotton Cattle Company's pastures has at least 13 species. These species are broken down into grasses, legumes and forbes. Grasses provide much of the sugars and energy for the cattle, similar to the carbohydrates we need. The legumes provide the protein the cattle need for growth and maintenance. The forbes are similar to our multivitamins, pulling essential vitamins and minerals from the soil and passing them on to the cows as they graze. We maintain an appropriate balance of all three components by using rotational grazing and ensuring that each field has the proper amount of time to recover.

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Cotton Cattle Compnay
River Valley Farm
Cornfield Lane
Asbury, NJ 08802
phone: 1-800-310-6080