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Trustees Livestock Farmers
City: Trustees Farms, MA,
Email Address: farmers@thetrustees.org
About Us
Each Trustees farm contributes some product(s) to our CSA shares, retail and wholesale products distributed or sold at that farm, but we also work together as a team with each farm specializing in one or more species or phase of production. Products in any individual CSA share distribution or order may be sourced from any Trustees farm, with identification. This is especially true of our livestock enterprises, where scale is even more important than in vegetable production.

Regardless of product, this “Trustees Grown” specialization and aggregation lets us optimize relationships and efficiencies between livestock, land and other resources for the best outcomes across our multiple priorities of product quality, animal welfare, landscape stewardship and ecological impact.
Practices
We raise 100% grassfed beef, lamb, chevon (goat) and milk, as well as pastured eggs and pork. Our kid goats and lambs are raised without supplemental grain; our does and ewes receive small quantities of grain to support their health in late gestation, lactation and breeding. Our swine and poultry are seasonally pasture-raised, and fed supplemental locally-produced grain-based feeds. At present those feeds are not GMO-free, soy-free, or organic.

We only use antibiotics in the treatment of acute disease (no routine use).

We judiciously use medications for parasites as part of a holistic approach that emphasizes:
- supporting natural resistance to parasites in our livestock,
- preventing transmission and infection through management-intensive grazing practices;
- preventing parasites from developing resistance to medications.

With all medications, we routinely observe twice the required withdrawal period prior to slaughter to ensure clean, wholesome products.

Our soils are the foundation of our livestock program—we steward our pastures without synthetic fertilizers and focus on building soil health in both pastures and hayfields to capture carbon and enhance biological nutrient management. We use herbicides rarely and strategically to spot-treat invasive plant species in support of ecological goals.