About

One Family, One Farm, Five Generations, 145 Years - 
A Full Circle Return to Sustainable Land Stewardship & Humane Animal Stockmanship

White Oak Pastures is a multi-generational family farm that cooperates with nature to produce artisan products that are healthy, safe, nutritious and delicious. Care is given to ensure that all of our production 
practices are economically practical, ecologically sustainable, and that our animals are always humanely 
treated. We never falter in our determination to conduct our business in an honorable manner, 
for the sake of our animals, our land, and the people who eat our products.


About Products & Animals

We do not sell grassfed beef, lamb and free range poultry for a living. We run our farm and our abattoirs for a living.

 

We spend our days on this farm doing the right things for our land, and for our herds and flocks. We are focused on constantly improving our land stewardship and our animal herdsmanship, and humanely turning our animals into high quality beef, lamb, and poultry.

 

The result of these efforts is meat that our customers can feel good about eating. Our system produces high quality animal protein that is produced without cruelty, or pollution, or waste. When you buy our products from us, you help to fund our environmentally-sustainable production system, focused on animal welfare. As Wendell Berry says, “consumers vote with their dollars on how they want the world to be”.

Grass-Fed Beef

 

Our grass-fed beef is processed in our own USDA-inspected on-farm beef abattoir. There are only two such facilities in the country. Calves are born on our farm, to mothers who were born here, from grandmothers who were born here. We do not take shortcuts. No grain, hormone implants, or antibiotics are given to our cattle. No chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used on our land.

 

Please note that sides of beef are also available for pick up on our farm. The beef is cut, wrapped, and frozen. 

Grass-Fed Lamb

 

Our grass-fed lamb is from our Katahdin Sheep herd. These are hair sheep that are bred to produce high quality meat but no wool. This makes them suited for our semitropical environment. Our sheep follow our cattle through our pastures in a Serengeti Plains Rotational Grazing System. Large ruminants [cattle] are followed through the pastures by small ruminants [sheep] who are followed through the pastures by our poultry [chickens and turkeys].  This is unquestionably the best land management system for our farm. It humanely results in lamb that is superb.

 

Free-Range Poultry

 

Our free-range poultry is completely unconfined in our pastures. They range freely all day, scratching, pecking and dust bathing in our pastures. They can choose to come into a mobile house to perch at night. They are effectively guarded from predators by our seven Great Pyrenees guardian dogs. The poultry, like our cattle and lambs, are slaughtered here in our on-farm USDA-inspected poultry abattoir. It is one of the of the very few in the country. Our chickens are our own proprietary heritage breed. We call them "T-Rex Reds," because the atavistic behavior of these red chickens reminds us of Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs. Our turkeys are American Standard Bronze, which is also a heritage breed.

 

Pastured Eggs

 

Last year we had 116 hens that laid eggs, mostly for ourselves and the employees here at the farm. Back then we'd often say "there’s absolutely no comparison to store-bought eggs." And there still isn't any comparison between the freshness of our eggs and those that come from factory farms with enclosed permanent housing. We firmly believe that animals should have unencumbered access to sunshine and fresh pasture and fresh water.  We currently have 800 heritage-cross breeds of laying hens that supply us with fresh brown eggs every day. Our eggs can be found in the 8 Whole Foods in Atlanta, as we run a truck up each week to deliver our farm fresh eggs.

 

As with all the other species we raise on the farm, our laying hens are free-ranging on certified organic pasture. The mobile coops where they sleep and lay eggs mean more work for our employees compared to farms with permanent housing. But we think it’s worth the effort. And by not using artificial light and climate control, we see dips in production during the colder and hotter months of the year. But we know it’s worth the cost. We believe that embracing the seasonal rhythms of nature is part of holistic husbandry. We allow for natural molting instead of forcing a simultaneous molt (a common practice where farmers will withhold feed, water, and light in order to commence molting all at once in a flock). Furthermore, our laying hens work in partnership with the other medium and large ruminants on the farm in what's known as the Serengeti Grazing Model. This model not only builds fertility in the pasture, but also offers the greatest health benefits to the hens while ensuring optimal nutrition within the eggs we sell. Our hens receive a specially blended feed which uses no animal byproducts. Beyond that, the hens receive lots of vegetable scraps from our four-acre certified organic vegetable garden. We follow protocols for Certified Humane and Animal Welfare Approved eggs and have submitted applications for both certifications.

 

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Important Info!
  1. Will ship items
  2. Will deliver items locally
  3. Allows for pickup
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