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Original Stine house before 1955.
The short story...
Two Thumbs Ranch...a centennial family farm reminiscent of long ago days when everyone grew or raised their own groceries (or had a neighbor who would share).
Wendell, Ginny and Tres Stine strive to manage a wide variety of livestock using natural and sustainable practices.
All livestock on Two Thumbs Ranch are raised on a rotational pasture system. This allows us to raise healthier animals without hormones or antibiotics.
Anytime you would like to come and visit our "zoo" (I mean farm), just give us a call. On any given day from spring to late fall, you can see beef and dairy cows, sheep, chickens, turkeys and some years pigs and ducks!
No matter where you live, we encourage you to get to know some local farmers. Get to know where your food is coming from. Not only will you be amazed with the flavor and quality of locally and naturally-grown food, you support the livelihood of your local farmer. Thanks for your support!
-Wendell, Ginny & Tres
Bellevue, MI 49021
How we got to this point...
Two Thumbs Ranch is a centennial family farm established in 1867. The farm was originally purchased by Wendell's great, great grandparents, David and Marianna Hugget, and has always belonged to a family member. Wendell became the owner in 2001 and farm production was re-established in 2002 with the addition of a few beef cows. Ginny began managing the farm in 2003 and laying chickens were added, followed by sheep. Hogs were added in the winter of 2004 in preparation of Wendell's surprise wedding proposal at Christmas. Wendell and Ginny were married in August of 2005 at the farm and a hog was roasted for the celebration. In 2006 meat chickens were added and we began making improvements to the land in preparation for the dairy farm addition. In the spring of 2007 dairy cows started arriving. We also started raising turkeys in 2007 and added ducks in 2008. We added our first human addition in September 2008 and Tres is completely enamored with tractors and chickens.
Despite all the additions to the farm, one thing has remained constant... Our commitment to naturally raised livestock and poultry. For us this means all livestock and poultry are raised outside in the grass and hay is our primary source of winter feed. Those critters requiring grain for survival are fed a custom blend of grain. Cows and sheep are given small amounts of grain as needed during the winter months to maintain body condition.
ANTIBIOTICS ARE NEVER USED AS A PREVENTIVE MEASURE.
WE NEVER GIVE OUR CRITTERS GROWTH HORMONES.
We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!