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Walnut Hollow Ranch offers Black Angus and SimAngus Cattle artificially bred to top sires in the country for beef genetics. Read more.

Our Cattle: Feed and Forage

Pastures are rich in a variety of grasses, predominantly fescue and clover. The cattle are supplemented, when necessary, at certain times of the year with grains to ensure their energy needs.

Summer and winter annual forages are planted to extend our growing season. In the late spring, pearl millet, red clover and sudan-sorghum grasses are drilled into 20 acres for summer grazing. In autumn, a cold-tolerant rye grass is drilled into 20 acres for spring grazing. These grasses provide an abundance of forage and dilute the toxicity of the fescue. Beef cattle are finished on lush spring rye grass along with supplementation, ensuring constant weight gain. Our feed and forage program produces premium beef, consistently grading similar to USDA high choice to prime.

Our mountains of Clay County, in the Nantahala region of the Smoky Mountains, have balanced seasons. The moist, cool summer evenings are ideal for sustaining the fescue, mixed grasses, legumes and clover stands. The herd has access to pasture or hay year-round; they are never confined.

Fed at 1% of weight, there are no differences in the Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) content between grass-fed and supplemented cattle. Supplementation increases the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio slightly, but has a level very similar to many 100% grass-fed beef.
Reprinted from the Grass Farmer.