Picolet Farm & Ranch
Picolet Farm & Ranch supplies us with Oatie beef.
About Picolet Farm & Ranch
Farmer for Picolet Farm & Ranch
Motto: Heart-healthy beef from our home to yours!
Location of Picolet Farm & Ranch
Dwight, KS (25 miles from People's Grocery Cooperative)
Are you open to farm visits or tours?
You bet! We are registered with Kansas Tourism. (By Appointment Only)
How long has your farm been in existence?
Please share a brief synopsis of the history of your farm.
Dallas started operating on his own in 1976 with a few heifers and a small amount of crop land. Now, together with his youngest daughter, the farm is over 1000 acres. We calve in the spring and keep the calves to produce Oatie Beef.
What animals do you raise?
What farm management/operational practices do you use?
Describe the type of grazing system you employ. (For example, do you rotate your pastures/rangeland? Do you use fertilizer or throw seed/ plant seeds for forage?)
We use rotational grazing during the spring through fall and sometimes into winter. We have planted over 100 acres back to grass.
How large is the roaming area for your animals?
Each pasture is different…however they range from 20-60 acres
Which chemicals (hormones, antibiotics, etc.) do you use? How often?
No hormones or antibiotics are used.
When supplementing your feed, what type of feed do you use? Do you make an effort to avoid GMOs?
We raise the alfalfa on the farm and do not use GMO or chemicals. Oats have not been modified yet, so all of our feed is Non-GMO.
Do you feed your animals vitamins?
Our animals receive salt and mineral. Neither of these are medicated.
Where is your meat processed? What are your slaughtering practices?
Farview Meats in Topeka, KS and Krehbiels Specialty Meats in McPherson, KS
What would you like People’s Grocery Co-Op shoppers to know about your products? What sets you apart?
We have had our beef tested at Kansas State University twice and know that our beef is heart healthy. It is higher in protein and lower in sodium than corn or grass fed beef. As far as we know, we are the only family or cattle operation feeding animals this way. Feeding the animals oats does cost more, but we feel the health benefits of the beef makes it worth it.
What vision do you have for the future of your farm and/or the future of food?
We want to continue to supply the local region with Oatie Beef for years to come. We hope to set up farm tours for schools and families so that everyone has the opportunity to experience life on the farm. It is important for us to open our doors so that the public can see how much we care about the well-being of our animals.