Owned by David Ernst, Ernst Family Farms brings beef production full circle
An Animal Science Bachelor degree, minor in AG Business from WIU with international experiences
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We devise cost-effective nutritional solutions to guarantee optimal farm to table beefalo.
We devise cost-effective nutritional solutions to guarantee optimal farm to table beef.
We devise cost-effective nutritional solutions to guarantee optimal farm to table pork.
My family settled in the New Douglas area in the mid-1800s from Germany to farm and raise Holstein
Marketing a product directly to consumers means you have to have a story and be willing to adjust your business based on what the consumer wants,” he said. “We’ve calmed a lot of fears about animal care and beef production practices. We’re trying to keep the loop as closed and tight and local as possible in all aspects of the business. That way, it keeps not just our business footprint small, but also our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.” Conversation and environmental stewardship is not only something David talks about with his customers, but also something he focuses on to help increase the viability of his business.
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Raising the Finest Grass-Fed Beef, Beefalo, and Pork
Raising grass-fed beef means an added focus on forage production and quality. We have figured out how to graze cows almost year round by stockpiling fescue for winter and planting cover crop mixes throughout the year. Added emphasis on grazing also helps better understand the benefits of plant diversity and the value of manure as fertilizer along with the importance of soil health as we consciouly are tune with the biology of our farm