This resource was created by Ron Dziembowski, Lauren Salvatore, Von Scully, and Kate Reilly.
“Farming is the profession of hope”
– Brett Brian, Canadian Poet/Novelist
Duke Farms is known for many incredible sights - from the rumble of the Great Falls to the stillness of the abandoned Old Foundation. But one piece of the property has always been a bit of a mystery to our visitors: the actual farm!
Although it encompasses significant acreage, the research and day-to-day work of the Agroecology Department mostly takes place in less visible areas that are not publicly accessible. These operations contribute to the overall Duke Farms mission and we invite you to learn more through these regularly occurring posts.
There are three main cattle breeds that make up the Duke Farms flocks - the majority are Simmentals, a breed that dates back to the middle ages. Simmental cattle have a long and successful history, making them a perfect baseline for our operations. This breed technically includes a few other European varieties, including German Austrian "Fleckvieh" and the French "Pie Rouge" but the word "Simmental" comes from Swiss Simme Valley, which is where the breed was most likely first bred.