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Southpolls are red cattle bred specifically for our Southern climate. They were developed in Alabama in the 1990s by crossing four breeds—Hereford, Red Angus, Senepol and Barzona.
Fertility and longevity were main concerns for those developing the breed and their efforts met with good success. Still little-known, Southpolls thrive on grass and produce absolutely delicious beef.
From modern breeds to old, rarer breeds like Gloucester Old Spots, Ossabaw Island Hogs, Red Wattles, Large Blacks, Herefords and Mulefoots, we’ve just about tried them all! Here’s what we currently work with:
The pig version of the Hereford cattle breed, Hereford hogs are characterized by their red body, set off with a white face and white legs. The registry for these pigs started in 1934 after years of work by breeders in Iowa and Nebraska.
Herefords are prolific pigs that prosper outdoors. What’s more, and maybe more important, they are very gentle. Today, all of our sows and one of our boars are Herefords.
A sheep breed developed in Maine in the 1950s and 60s. Katahdins were our first foray into the sheep world. They are also hair sheep. This means you don’t shear them—ever. They simply shed their wooly coats. Katahdins are known for their excellent mothering instincts and hardiness.
Developed in South Africa, Dorpers are another hair breed, but they build a bit more muscle than Katadhins. There are both white and black-headed dorpers. While these sturdy sheep can certainly stand alone as a breed, we currently cross our Katadhin and Dorper ewes to a Dorper ram.
Cornish crosses are the stereotypical chicken. White and large, these birds are normally finished very quickly. We let them grow more slowly, on grass, and raise only females. This eliminates behavioral problems and the proverbial “pecking order.”