About Us

Our Farm

South Glanton Farms is mixed farm just north of Forrest, Manitoba. The farm is a third generation family farm including Ryan and Sarah Boyd, their daughter Piper and son Bingham, and Jim and Joanne and Janelle Boyd.

Our family has a long history of farming and conservation. We are focused on embracing the principles of agroecology to create an extremely diverse and resilient farming system.

“Soil health and Regenerative Agriculture have been the focus of our farm for many years.  Holistic management guides our decision-making process, keeping economics, ecology and social dynamics in balance.”

Ryan Boyd

Our Farm

South Glanton Farms is mixed farm just north of Forrest, Manitoba. The farm is a third generation family farm including Ryan and Sarah Boyd, their daughter Piper and son Bingham, and Jim and Joanne Boyd.

Our family has a long history of farming and conservation. We are focused on embracing the principles of agroecology to create an extremely diverse and resilient farming system.

“Soil health and Regenerative Agriculture have been the focus of our farm for many years.  Holistic management guides our decision-making process, keeping economics, ecology and social dynamics in balance.”

Ryan Boyd

Why Boyd’s Beef?

The Boyd’s Beef brand was launched with a goal of supplying our local community with high quality beef and creating a more resilient business model for our farm.

 

Boyd’s Beef is all natural, grass fed beef that is born and grazed on our farm and processed locally.  All beef that we sell has not been treated with antibiotics, chemicals, and is free from synthetic hormones. 

Beef in general is a highly nutritious food and grass fed beef has been shown to have elevated levels of omega 3 fatty acid and CLA, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. 

The environmental benefits of our perennial farming system are obvious when compared to annual cropping.   When large rain events occur, the pastures soak up rain water like giant sponges and drastically limit the amount of run off that occurs.  This reduced runoff protects public infrastructure down stream from our farm and enhances the quality of ground water and streams locally.

Boyd’s beef is a climate friendly choice.  The pastures on our farm have shown significant increases in carbon content since the perennial grazing system has been established.  New research is showing that methane emissions from grazing ruminants are significantly reduced when vibrant microbial communities exist in the pastures.  These microbes process the methane before it leaves the field and goes off into the atmosphere.  Furthermore, methane is a short-lived greenhouse gas that is naturally reduced to carbon dioxide and water vapour in the atmosphere.  Both molecules are critical to future plant growth in the pastures.  Natural systems have checks and balances in place and we work diligently to allow these cycles to function on our farm.

Grazing System

The grazing system that we use on South Glanton Farms mimics the natural prairie ecosystem that once existed on the northern great plains where we live. The cattle are given fresh pasture daily and do not return to that same area of pasture until several months later. By moving cattle daily, the density of the animals on pasture stimulate the soil microbial community through the physical hoof impact on the soil and an even blanket of manure. This enhances nutrient cycling within the soil and promotes more diversity of plants and animals in the pasture. New seedlings can establish during the rest period between grazing and wildlife have free range of the pastures throughout the year.
Weeds do not exist in our pastures as all plants make good forage for the cattle. Instead of fighting the diversity that mother nature craves (ie. weeds in annual cropping systems) we embrace biodiversity and the new life that follows.
By focusing on grazing management our farm has eliminated the need to use chemical fertilizer and pesticides on our pastures and the continue to improve naturally each year.
In the winter months cattle graze crop residues, which are a by product of local grain production and are given strategic supplementation when necessary in the dead of winter. Occasionally, cattle graze annual cover crops that are used to build fertility on annual crop fields.

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