Less than a week old, this Guernsey calf weighs in at more than 170 pounds, and finds morning comfort against a cinderblock wall, on some soft ground, after an evening of summer rain at Nickâs Organic Farm, in Adamstown, MD, on Friday, July 12, 2013. She may grow up to provide nutritious Guernsey milk at the farm. The farm, owned by Nick Maravell, produces Black Angus beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, hay, soybeans, corn, alfalfa, orchard grass, rye; and other crops. The cattle are 100% grass-fed receiving certified organic pasture, certified organic hay (in winter), water and mineral salts mixed with sea kelp. The cattle are not fed hormones, antibiotics or animal products. Poultry feed from grain is ground from organic grain. The poultry also graze on organic pastures. The farm has conducted on-farm research with federal, state and non-profit agencies to refine organic practices. An organization such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) center in Beltsville has been able to conduct research to improve organic crops and to breed and manage the cattle so that they have. USDA Photos by Lance Cheung.
May 5, 2014
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