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The Flerd Revolution at Pure Pasture Farms: A Perfect Blend of Sheep and Cattle for a Healthier Ecosystem

written by

Travis Cole

posted on

September 16, 2023


If you've been following us for a while, you know that we are always looking for innovative ways to improve the health and happiness of our livestock while sustaining the ecosystem. Well, we're ecstatic to share some fantastic news with you: Our dream of creating a "flerd" is now a reality!


What is a Flerd?

For the uninitiated, a flerd is a fusion of a flock of sheep and a herd of cattle. Yes, it's as magical as it sounds! Combining these two distinct species into a single grazing unit has been a longstanding goal for us, and we're pleased to say it's going to be a resounding success.

Why Combine Sheep and Cattle?

Parasite Control

Sheep are known for grazing closer to the ground, which makes them susceptible to a variety of parasites. Cattle, however, disrupt this cycle. When both species graze together, the parasite cycle affecting one doesn't have a chance to complete, thereby benefiting both.

Natural Predator Deterrent

Lambs can be vulnerable to predators, but the presence of the larger and more imposing cattle naturally deters potential threats. It's a win-win situation where the cattle help to protect the lambs, and in return, they all get to graze freely and peacefully.

Efficient Foraging

Cattle and sheep have different foraging habits and preferences. Combining them ensures that our pastures are grazed more evenly and efficiently, contributing to a healthier and more robust soil life.

A Balanced Ecosystem

The diversity of grazing animals contributes to a more balanced and healthy farm ecosystem. More than just a catchy name, our flerd is a step toward mimicking the natural, balanced ecosystems that nature intended.

Real-World Benefits

For the Farm

The flerd has streamlined many aspects of our farm management, from parasite control to foraging efficiency. Our pastures are healthier than ever, and we're always seeing continuing signs of soil health!

For Our Customers

If you're a fan of our meat products, this should be music to your ears. Happier, healthier animals lead to higher-quality meat. 

For the Planet

This initiative aligns closely with our commitment to sustainable farming practices. Creating a balanced, natural ecosystem eliminates the need for synthetic interventions, lowering our carbon footprint.

The Journey Ahead

Creating our flerd was not an overnight feat. It took careful planning, close monitoring, and a dash of hope. As we head into the winter months, we're excited to apply the lessons we've learned to continue improving our farm's sustainability and efficiency.


We wanted to extend a big thank you to all our supporters who make these advancements possible. Without you, we wouldn't be able to take these innovative steps in sustainable farming. We're thrilled to have you along for this exciting journey and can't wait to share further updates down the road.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our flerd, please feel free to contact us or comment below.

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