Stonewall Farm is an all-natural pasture farm in Posey County, southern Indiana. We are friends and family that work together to raise and graze cows, pigs, sheep and chickens on 15 beautiful acres.
Our farming methods are based on a mutual respect for the grass, the soil, and the cycles of life. This means that we put the animals on the pasture, where they walk around and eat all kinds of grasses and greens. This is perfect for the herbivorous cows and sheep. The omnivorous pigs and chickens require additional protein supplement. Pasturing the animals helps supply some of that protein, due to all the bugs they will consume.
We are moving more and more toward heritage breeds of livestock. Our beef cows are Black Angus, breed in the early 19th century in Scotland. This is a good-natured, hearty breed, and known for lovely marbling in the meat. Life on a grass pasture will yield a lean meat, so the tendancy toward marbling suits our needs just fine. We are excited to say that we are now feeding our cattle flaxseed while on the pasture. We mix this with corn, and offer it to them on the pasture toward the last few weeks before harvest. The flaxseed is a superfood for the cattle, just as it is for us humans, and results in a higher Omega-3 content to the meat. See this article for more information.
We offer a variety of sheep breeds. Dorper sheep were bred in South Africa in the early 20th century. They are an adaptable breed, good mothers, and very popular world-wide. Suffolk sheep were bred in the early 19th century on the southeastern coast of England, and are known for their ability to thrive and put on weight well. Katahdin sheep, bred in north central Maine in the 20th century, are ideal for pasturing and very docile. All of these breeds do well on the grass pasture, and yield a very flavorful meat.
We have recently aquired some Tamworth hogs, an old varity of English hog, known for its bacon. We also can vouch that they are excellent mothers, attentive and mostly docile. Tamworths are an excellent breed to pasture in a woodlot, as they forage and root everywhere!
Right now, we have chickens of two breeds: Cornish Cross, and Deleware. Cornish Cross chickens are the most commonly raised meat chickens, since they bulk up quickly on the pasture, in about 6 weeks. Delaware is a heritage variety, that used to be the bird of choice until the 1960s. Delawares take a little longer to reach maturity, and do very well on a pasture, eating bugs all day. If you are looking for an old fashioned taste, try the Delaware!