Zatkovich Pastures, inspired by Joel Salatin and Polyface Farms, is a grass-based farm in Stockbridge, Michigan that raises organically-fed pastured poultry, free-range eggs, and 100% grass-fed beef and lamb.
100% Grass-fed Premium Dexter Beef - Our Dexter steers, a heritage breed originating in Ireland in the 1800s, are calved here in Michigan and fed nothing but grass for their entire life - no grain, no sweet feed, nothing that isn't green and leafy. We use an intensive rotational grazing strategy, which makes the best ecological use of the land we have. The cattle are supplemented with a loose mix of organic kelp meal and sea salt, which gives them needed vitamins and minerals. No antibiotics, no hormones, no medications, no insecticides. We obtain them as grass-fed calves from a Michigan breeder and raise them for two years here in Stockbridge. Available by-the-cut. All beef is flash-frozen and vacuum-packed in cryogenic wrap. Beef is sold out for 2014; will be available in late summer 2015.
Pastured Poultry - We raise our dinner chickens in floorless "chicken tractors", which are moved daily to a fresh slice of pasture, where they eat the grass, pick the clover, scratch for bugs, and chase insects. The chickens are hatched in Zeeland, MI and sent to us hours after hatching. Their feed is 100% organic and non-GMO grains and organic supplements (kelp meal, some probiotic mix). Available by the whole bird or in bags of pieces (breasts, thighs, legs, wings, livers, and feet), and all are vacuum-packed, frozen, and ready for your kitchen. Pastured poultry available now from the farm. Find our bone-in breasts at Argus Farm Stop in Ann Arbor.
Free-range Eggs - Our free-range flocks (Orpingtons, Barred Rocks, White Rocks, Wyandottes, and Rhode Island Reds, all heritage breeds) are fed, in addition to what they forage in the pastures, trees, woods, etc, the same feed as our pastured chickens - 100% organic and non-GMO. The eggs are available year-round at our farm, at Argus Farm Stop in Ann Arbor, or Foods for Living in East Lansing.
100% Grass-Fed Katahdin Lamb - Kahtadin sheep are a relatively new breed in America, developed from the St. Croix breed in Maine in the 1950s. We raise them alongside our Dexter cattle using the same rotational grazing strategies and only natural supplements (organic kelp meal and organic sea salt). No antibiotics, hormones, medications, or insecticides. They eat timothy, clover, rye, alfalfa, and brome off of our pastures from April through November, and hay/alfalfa in the winter. All lamb is sold by the half or whole. Sold out for 2014. Jury is out on whether or not we'll have lamb in 2015.
... Our Three Principles ...
1. Animal welfare is paramount at Zatkovich Pastures. We do everything we can to ensure our animals are physically healthy and comfortable; free from stress, hunger and crowded conditions; eat a natural diet free from GMO products, animal by-products or any other adulterations; and, most importantly, live well.
2. We are a grass-based farm and, accordingly, everything revolves around grass. We use symbiotic strategies wherever possible to maximize the permaculture, biodiversity, and fertility of the pastures. We are stewards of the land we are using, and as such, we add to it, not take away. Instead of manure being a pollutant, as is the case on a feedlot, every bit goes back into our soil, one way or another. We use rotational grazing strategies to avoid over-grazing any areas. Ranging chickens, following the cattle, add their own manure and help control biting flies. We compost everything possible and add it directly to the pastures. It's a big, synergistic dance that results in happy animals, fertile soil, and rich grass.
3. Neither of the first two principles matter without transparency and honesty. We invite questions, interrogations, skepticism. Come visit us. Take pictures, peer into the dark corners, see for yourself how we operate and how the animals live. Take a bit of chicken feed into your own hand and assess its integrity. Pet a steer. Ask questions. Be skeptical. Ask more questions. That's how food decisions should be made.
Current availability as of January 3, 2015: Free-range Eggs - Fed with 100% organic, non-GMO and local feed from heritage-breed hens. Available year round at the farm, at Argus Farm Stop in Ann Arbor (deliveries on Mondays), or at Foods for Living in East Lansing (on Thursdays). Pastured Poultry - Chickens fed with 100% organic and non-GMO feed. Available now on the farm - bone-in breasts and feet. Bone-in breasts also available at Argus Farm Stop. Beef and lamb out of stock until summer 2015.
Chelsea Farmer's Market
Palmer Parking Lot (downtown on Main St. across from library)
Chelsea, MI 48118
Saturdays, 8:00am to noon
We sell all our products - beef, dinner chickens, and eggs - directly from our farm. We can also deliver locally for a nominal fee. Contact us for prices and more information.
Our free-range eggs from chickens fed with 100% certified-organic and local feed, can be purchased at our farm (call ahead) or at the Chelsea Farmer's Market.
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