Yellowbird Farms is a sustainable, grassfed, family-owned farm tucked away in central Tennessee. The farm is bordered by the beautiful Collins River and is located in one of the most ideal grass and forage growing climates in the country. Yellowbird Farms is a refuge for diverse plant and wildlife communities; these natural resources are protected by responsible stewardship, careful planning, and collaboration with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services. In recognition of their commitment to sustainable farming practices, farmers Deanna and Jim Malooley were named 2013 Warren County Conservation Farmers of the Year.
Growing up, Deanna loved the summers at her grandparents’ farm in Arkansas, while Jim grew up in Indiana, also surrounded by working farms. Though both had previous careers when they met, farming was always a shared dream. This dream was realized through dedication and hard work, and the couple now has an established farming business raising AWA sheep for their loyal customers. In setting up their operation, Jim and Deanna decided to raise Katahdins, a traditional American lamb breed. These are “hair sheep” bred to produce mild tasting, remarkably delicious meats but no wool. Deanna says that the Katahdin sheep are perfectly suited to Tennessee’s humid, sub-tropical climate and thrive on their lush pastures.
Animals at Yellowbird Farms spend their lives grazing freely on a diverse range of grasses and forages. They are moved daily which ensures they always have access to fresh pasture and avoids the potential build-up of internal parasites. The Malooleys’ sheep are never given subtherapeutic antibiotics, artificial hormones, or animal byproducts. “We are passionate in our commitment to sustainable land stewardship and humane animal stockmanship,” Deanna explains. “By allowing the animals to live as they were designed to, they are naturally healthy and stress free.” The farm is also a member of the American Grassfed Association.
On joining the AWA program, Jim says, “We are proud of the way we care for our animals and feel that our AWA certification is a great representation of our values and practices. Our AWA certification is tremendously important to us.”
Lamb from Yellowbird Farm’s AWA-certified sheep flock (as well as a great collection of lamb recipes!) is available online at yellowbirdfarms.com. Orders may be shipped directly to the customer, or picked up at the farm. Visitors are welcome see the farm in person—just call (931) 743-0376 to make an appointment.