Oak Hollow Livestock is owned, operated, and enjoyed by Carl & Sara Davis and our children. Our farm is located in scenic western Massachusetts, in the beautiful town of Shelburne. Our small farm provides our family with the opportunity to connect more deeply with our environment and the animals we raise while improving our food security.
We do our best to provide optimal care and nutrition to our animals while simultaneously improving our natural resources. We utilize targeted browsing practices to reduce the number of invasive plant species on our property and maintain a thriving pollinator habitat at the edge of our open fields.
The direct application of animal manure during grazing increases the organic material on our pasture, leading to increased nutrient availability and drought resistance as a result of improved soil health. Preventing overgrazing and the exposure of bare soil helps us lessen the risk of soil erosion and compaction.
We employ managed rotational grazing, which provides intense grazing pressure for short periods of time. This leads to more uniform grazing behavior and increases both biodiversity in plant species as well as the amount of forage produced per acre. Because our livestock are being frequently moved to a new section of pasture, their exposure to internal parasite larvae is minimized and their level of nutrition is optimized.
In addition to traditional mixed grass and legume pasture, our goats enjoy browsing a variety of woody perennial shrubs. Especially during times when the level of infective parasite larvae on pastures peaks, we offer the goats access to browse to reduce their exposure to internal parasites.
We are working toward establishing silvopasture areas to improve our forest health and productivity, as well as contribute to carbon sequestration and help balance the impact our activities have on climate change.
Boer goats are the world's premier meat goat. Our breeding program hinges on functionality and productivity in a forage-based system while also selecting for fast growing, structurally sound, low maintenance animals with excellent maternal ability.
Our registered Saanen dairy goats provide our family with a steady supply of fresh milk. We feel good knowing our milk comes from animals who are well cared for enthusiastically volunteer to share their delicious milk with us.
Horned Dorsets are an ancient and versatile breed of sheep, being raised for their fleece and meat, and historically also for milk. Since sheep have different grazing habits than goats, the addition of sheep to our farm helps us manage our pasture land in a more natural way, while also adding diversity to our diet.
We raise pedigreed Mini Rex rabbits that our children show in 4-H and ARBA shows. Mini Rex are a very soft, small breed, maturing around 4 pounds.
American Chinchilla rabbits are a rare breed of rabbit, developed for their beautiful coat and efficient growth, maturing around 11 pounds.
Cayugas are a beautiful and hardy dual purpose heritage duck, being productive layers of dark eggs as well as excellent meat ducks.
Muscovies are active foragers who fly well and don't quack. They are heavy birds that are extremely fast growing and make an excellent table duck.
In the spring, we will have a limited number of hatching eggs and chicks available from our French Black Copper Marans, who lay dark chocolate colored eggs.
An assortment of free range laying chickens provide us with colorful eggs, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and dark yolks full of beta carotene. We offer eggs to other local families when we have an abundance.
Raising our own meat gives us control over the care, feed, and medications used in the food we serve our family. We also provide meat to our local community to help support our small farm.
We offer pork, chicken, goat, lamb, duck, and rabbit as available. Our supply is limited in order to provide the best possible care to the animals we raise and be conscientious of our commitment to preserve the health of our local environment.