Is it the grass or the genetics that helps most with grass-fed dairy farming?

On this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael is joined by Suzanne Karreman of Reverence Farms in North Carolina.  Along with her veterinarian husband, Dr. Hubert, they run a 400-acre, 80-cow grass-fed dairy. Their farm is a thriving polyculture where animals are ‘passionately pastured’ and the land benefits from careful, healing stewardship.

Tune in today to hear about Suzanne’s passion and knowledge about grass-fed dairy cows. 

In this episode, you’ll hear…

  • How Suzanne got into farming 0:59
  • How long it took for Suzanne and her husband to go commercial 8:20
  • What Suzanne’s stance is on whether or not going grass-fed is worth it 15:42
  • About where the milk from the current herd is going 26:48
  • What the Reverence Farm team looks like 33:02
  • What a typical year looks like at Reverence Farms 39:12
  • About the other enterprises they work on 46:45
  • What Suzanne’s advice for newer farmers is 49:32

About the Guest:

Suzanne and her vet husband, Hubert, run a 400-acre, 80-cow grass-fed dairy in the North Carolina Piedmont. Suzanne’s passion project is breeding Jersey cows to thrive on a pasture-only diet, while also building pastures of sufficient energy to allow the cows to thrive. Pigs, chickens, horses and sheep also graze their pastures, and the farm is also home to 20-40 Jersey bulls that are sent all over the U.S. and into Canada to sire cows that can convert sunshine into butter. 


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