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Peaceful Pastures, LLC
69 Cowan Valley Lane
DescriptionWHAT IS PEACEFUL PASTURES? Peaceful Pastures is a direct market, all natural, grass fed, meat business producing and selling beef, lamb, goat, pork, duck and goose. All of the species are pastured in the 300 acre scenic valley where we live. In addition, we maintain and manage an additional 2200 acres and over 400 cow/calf pairs.
WHO IS A TYPICAL INTERN? All of our interns are people dedicated to a summer of learning and diversity; they are eager to accept responsibility and step up to a new level of intensity and growth. They look forward to being independent from family and “High School Ways and Days” for a time of personal achievement.
The scope, size and diversity of our operation allows us to offer outstanding internship opportunities in several areas, yet being a small family run business provides one on one learning, coaching and evaluation.
We are very unique in that we make provisions for our large animal interns to build their veterinary experience by volunteering with a local vet. These vets have a very hands on approach—not just job shadowing. It is truly excellent learning!
HOW DOES A PEACEFUL PASTURES LARGE ANIMAL INTERNSHIP COMPARE TO OTHER ANIMAL INTERNSHIPS? In any animal internship, you will spend time and gain experience in three main areas: husbandry, housing and feeding.
Our approach is to focus on disease prevention rather than treatment, so if you expect to doctor sick animals day in and day out for the summer, you will be disappointed. Here you will function more as a primary care physician for the animals than an ER doctor. By observing what is normal, healthy behavior and physiology, it will better help you detect when an animal is not feeling well or functioning properly. There will still be plenty of hands on work and you will detect and treat illness and you’ll also learn how large animals fit into the rural lifestyle and business.
You’ll see the animals from a case management view point Vs. “catch and release.”
Because of our sustainable agriculture approach, our operation is more varied than most; you won’t spend as much time on routine chores and you’ll be outside most of the time. Our days tend to be species concentrated-for example, one week you could spend 3 days doing nothing but working beef cattle, then not visit with a beef cow again until the next pasture rotation. In addition, all of our interns attend farmers markets.
ResponsibilitiesWHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS I’LL LEARN? You’ll learn: to identify, assess and treat common ailments in beef, sheep, swine and goats; to handle livestock in a low stress manner whether herding, in the chute on hands on; to administer injections IM and Sub Q to various species; to detect estrus; to draw blood; to ear tag, tattoo and freeze brand for; various methods of castration. Additional opportunities include: agricultural based GPS uses; livestock water development practices; pasture improvement technologies; safe and responsible tractor operation; basic mechanical skills; the role and importance of secure fencing; and knowledge of what goes into putting a quality product on the retail store shelf.
RequirementsWHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS? You MUST be: at least 18 years old; able to repeatedly lift and carry 50 pounds; drug, alcohol and tobacco free; have a drivers license, reliable transportation, and follow a basic dress code.
In addition successful applicants will demonstrate a helpful, “can do” mindset and be capable of working steadily with minimal supervision while alone or in a group. You need a teachable attitude and realistic expectations.
A written application (ours) and on farm interview are REQUIRED.