Murphy's Grass Farm

Why grass farming?

Our farm is situated in the hills overlooking the southern shore of Lake Erie. The cool and moist climate offers a unique opportunity for the grazing of cattle. Fertile glacial soils and steady rains provide the perfect environment for nutritious grass.

Here's Doug: "When I first got interested in farming 35 years ago, grass seemed to be the most important crop. Grass is a perennial plant, returning over and over. It rarely needs replanted so tillage of the soil and erosion are minimized. Grass draws minerals deep from the soil that annual plants can't reach. With clover mixed in the grass, elusive nitrogen is pulled out of the air."

"In a grazing operation, cattle harvest their own food without the use of machinery, labor or fuel."

"Grass mixtures are highly resistant to bugs and disease, so chemical pesticides are unnecessary. Grass grows on fields too hilly or too rough to otherwise plant and harvest. Finally, if cows do not eat all the grass in a particular pasture, the grass can be cut and dried in the sunlight and stored for winter feed."

Some terms:

"Hay" is another word for grass.

"Rotational grazing," which is what we practice, means the cows are moved daily from one pasture to another as the particular grass matures and reaches its optimal nutritional level.