Minnesota crop and livestock farm takes a “whole ecosystem” approach
A diversified farm in southwest Minnesota has a holistic management style.
Grant Breitkreutz owns and operates Stoney Creek Farm, a corn, soybean, small grains, hay, beef, pork and poultry operation near Redwood Falls.
“Our approach on our farm is to look at it as a whole ecosystem, I guess would be the simplest way to explain it. Our cattle play a huge (role) in building soil health on our farm, whether it’s in the pastures or on the cropland.”
The president-elect of the Minnesota State Cattlemens Association tells Brownfield he’s also moved hogs and chickens out to pasture.
“Obviously in the summer and winter months we have to bring them in, but we kind of focus strictly on soil health and the ecosystem that we’re so fortunate to manage at our place.”
Stoney Creek Farm has been recognized several times by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The Breitkreutz family was awarded NCBA’s Environmental Stewardship Award in 2016.