Dennis Farms is located in east central Alabama about half way between Anniston, AL and Carrollton, GA. We grow lush, nutritious grass in our pastures. We raise Red Angus cattle, Katahdin hair sheep and Tamworth heritage pigs to harvest our grass. At the appropriate stage of maturity, we harvest our animals to produce nutritious and delicious grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb and pastured pork.
We raise our cows, sheep and pigs in a natural pastoral environment never giving growth promoting antibiotics, hormones, or steroids. We believe that contented animals produce a superior product, so we strive for a low stress environment emphasizing the humane treatment of our livestock. We follow a strict grass-fed protocol with our cows and sheep never feeding grain, animal byproducts or feed supplements. Our pigs graze the pasture along with the cows and sheep receiving supplemental grain as needed. We do not use farrowing crates.
Please take some time and explore our web site to better know us and our farm. We are proud of the effort we make to provide our customers a quality product that tastes good and is good for them. In today’s world, the only way to be sure of the food you’re feeding your family is to know the farmer and how it was produced.
Check out these happy critters! These guys are chowing down on some Pearl Millet. Like us, they’re just trying to survive this brutal summer weather, and it sure helps when they’ve got a good meal to keep them going. We hope you all are staying cool (if you are, please come see us at the Cotton Mill Farmer’s Market and tell us your secret!) and enjoying the last few days of summer vacation with your families.
We missed everyone at the impromptu Market yesterday, and we wanted to let you all in on what we were up to instead. We attended the Osborn Red Angus Production Sale in search of a few new members of the Dennis Farms herd, and we had a great day! We took a few photos to share with y’all:
Dennis Farms’ Lawnmowers
An every summer ritual at Dennis Farms is Janie complaining that I spend far too much time taking care of the pastures and not near enough time taking care of the yard. The complaining escalates in direct relationship to the length of the grass. By the time the grass in the yard is a foot high, my ears are really getting burned.
This year, Janie took matters into her own hands. When the grass had gotten out of control (in Janie’s mind), she told me, “I’ve had it. I’m putting some sheep in the yard and letting them eat it down.”
Well, I guess it must be working. This picture of the “lawnmowers” chewing their morning cud is the 3rd time this summer the yard has been mowed. That’s 2 more times than it usually gets mowed. Of course, tippy-toeing around the deposits the sheep leave behind can be aggravating, but a good rain usually takes care of that.
It’s a beautiful spring here on the farm! We hope you all are enjoying this warm weather as much as we are. We’ve been gearing up for the start of the new season at the Cotton Mill Farmer’s Market, located in beautiful downtown Carrollton, Ga on Rome Street. Opening day is Saturday April 18 from 8am-12pm. We can’t wait to say hello to all of our loyal customers as we launch into this new Market season.
We have a big announcement! We’re so excited to announce a new product available for the first time: Dennis Farms Bratwurst and Italian Sausage Links! This project has been a long time in the works and we can’t wait for you to try out our new pork products. What with all of this warm spring weather we’ve been enjoying, we know it’s the perfect time to dust off those grills and give them a try. We’ll see you at the Farmer’s Market!
Here at Dennis Farms we like to think we have some pretty content animals. Below are a few snapshots of what it looks like around here for a few of our pigs. Enjoy!
Here are 3 of our sows and one of our boars (Larry). They have been trained to eat out of their specific food bowl. We do this with our sows to ensure that each one gets it’s full ration every day during late gestation and while lactating. If we did not do this, the dominate sows (and boar in this case) would eat more than their share leaving the less dominate sows undernourished. That’s Janie supervising supper. Without one of us present, you can kiss the training good bye.
And above you can see a group of piggies about a week old snuggling in the late afternoon sun – much cuter than their parents!