Nestled in the Southern Flint Hills of Kansas, Salt Creek Farm makes its roots near the headwaters of its namesake. The lush, native grasses of this area provide perfect grazing for cattle; producers from all over the country send their cattle to the Flint Hills to graze during the summer months.
The majority of our cattle are Black Angus with a few Red Angus in the herd. Our cows are home-raised, born right here where they raise their calves. We use low stress cattle handling techniques to avoid undue pressure on the animals. Sometimes that means the work takes a little longer, but keeps the cattle happy. Our animals spend their entire lives out in the pasture. During the winter months, we supplement their diets with free choice grain and Brome, Fescue, and native hay grown and baled here on the ranch. Our cattle only receive antibiotics when they are sick and are never fed unnecessary antibiotics.
Sara and Jay are third-generation farmers committed to conservation and sustainable agriculture. Every year, we burn several pastures to spur fresh new growth and help naturally curb invasive, non-native plant growth. We are constantly improving our land for the benefit of our cattle. This includes clearing trees so more grass can grow and trying to eradicate invasive, non-native plants like Sericea Lespedeza, Roughleaf Dogwood, and Old World Bluestem.
As a family we enjoy growing our favorite vegetables in our garden every year, raising chickens for their bug control and tasty eggs, and foraging our abundant local fruits - sandhill plums, blackberries, mulberries, and dewberries. In the last year we planted a small orchard and added our first beehives to the farm.
how they are raised
Access to Pasture and Grass
Our cattle are on pasture their entire lives.
Grass, grass, and more grass. Our cattle feast on native grasses, such as Big Bluestem, Indian Grass, and Switchgrass, year-round. During the summer, we cut and bale hay meadows full of Fescue, Brome, and native grasses. In the winter, we provide this stored hay everyday and a supplement of free-choice grain. We provide this additional forage and grain in their pasture to snack on at their convenience.
We do not administer growth hormones to our cattle.
We keep it simple and treat the animals like our kids: when one gets sick, we provide antibiotics to make them healthy again. If an animal never gets sick, they never receive antibiotics.
All animal lineage is tracked and can be traced back to specific bulls and cows.