The latest episode of SARE’S Our Farms, Our Future podcast series features two master livestock grazers who discuss the advantages and disadvantages of marketing and raising animals sustainably. Greg Brann runs grass-fed cattle and sheep on his 220-acre farm in southern Kentucky. Brann discusses his experiences raising animals with Robin Way, who raises cattle and poultry on her grass-based farm near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
“That’s why I got involved in sustainable agriculture, because it just makes sense working in nature and letting the manure fall where you don’t have to deal with it. Less labor—it’s just a lot easier,” Brann says. He and Way believe sustainable agriculture practices are becoming more common on conventional farms as well as on small farms. Way hopes that as more small farms emerge, those farms will get involved in their communities and will teach people about where their food comes from.
The two also talk extensively about their experiences raising animals on pasture. From predation to inputs, Brann and Way share some of the day-to-day occurrences on their farms with sheep, poultry and cattle. They also discuss the profitability of their farms and provide useful insights to new farmers interested in grazing.
The Our Farms, Our Future Podcast was created to bring people together for important conversations, and to share the knowledge of agricultural professionals with a wider audience. Each episode features two members of the sustainable agriculture community in conversations about success, hardship, fears and hopes, lessons learned and projects to come.