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After 30 years in the practice of gastroenterology, I decided to work part time. This is where the story of the farm begins. In 2005 I purchased 300 acres in southeastern Highland county. Our farm sits on gently rolling hills created by the Illinoian glaciation of the last Ice Age. We have abundant ground water with several natural springs. To minimize soil erosion, all of the corn and soybean fields have been converted to permanent pastures and hayfields.
Our goals on the farm are land stewardship, sustainability, regeneration of soil fertility and biodiversity. Our 100% grassfed beef operation allows us to accomplish these goals while providing a healthy food for our customers. We also have a small flock of laying hens and honey bee hives.
We’re excited about the future of agriculture and hope you will visit us at the farm.
James H. Linne M.D.
Traditionally, the calf is separated from the mother and trucked to the stock yard for sale or moved to another part of the farm out of site of her mother. While the calf no longer requires its mother’s milk for nutrition, there is still a strong emotional bond. This separation stress can affect the animal’s health and, ultimately, the tenderness of the beef.
At White Clover Farm we use “fence line weaning.”
The cows and their calves are placed in different pastures separated only by a fence. The calves can see, smell, and touch noses with their mothers through the fence. Utilizing this technique, the animals display very few signs of stress. The first few days cow and calf stay close to each other across the fence. However, they gradually move further out into the pasture grazing and meet at the fence less and less. By day seven, the calves can be moved to another part of the farm.
Weaning accomplished with no stress!
We track our cattle from birth to consumer,
to ensure they remain a safe and healthy food.