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Apple Creek Farm produces all natural lamb. No growth hormones, no antibiotics, no GMO feeds. All our lambing is done on pasture during spring green up, in sync with nature.
Our sheep are never confined or kept in a feed lot. They are moved to fresh pasture every day or two, always using low stress stockmanship skills as taught by Temple Grandin and the late Bud Williams.
We use intensive rotational grazing to promote healthy soil and pasture diversity, striving for a sustainable relationship between soil, plants and livestock. We don't use chemical sprays or artificial fertilizers, but rather use a holistic approach to maintaining pasture growth and variety of plant species.
Our Sheepdogs live with our flocks around the clock, always keeping a watchful eye to protect from prey animals. With that said, we have chosen to allow the local Coyote population to coexist as they haven't preyed on our sheep and are a valuable asset to keeping other prey animals out of their territory.
Farmer - Rancher
Bart grew up on a farm in Michigan, milking cows and haying with his brothers for their landlord, as well as raising and milking goats for his family.
Bart met and married his wife Trish, and together they raised five daughters. Hired on as a foreman on a ranch in Colorado, Bart attended Ranching for Profit School, which changed everything he had known about ranching and livestock management. This gave cause to relocating to a more productive part of the country, Iowa.
After joining Practical Farmers of Iowa, Bart met John and Shirley Waite, and is helping to transform their farm from conventional farming to an all forage based livestock enterprise.
"Our goals are sustainable grazing practices, holistic management and all our products should be 100% all natural, with an emphasis on good land and animal stewardship."
Future plans include adding beef, poultry, pork and other on farm product sales, as well as helping to teach other farmers/ranchers and school aged children the possibilities of sustainable farming practices.