Address: 39531 Trousdale Rd., Asher OK 74826 / (405) 333-2769
About Us / Double R Farms, LLC History: Eggs, beef, and pork from Double R Farms are Animal Welfare Approved. Available for purchase direct from the farm, call or email for availability. \n\nIn 2006, after living for their careers in various parts of the country, Rory and Patrice Whittle chose to return to Rory’s home state and begin new lives as ranchers in central Oklahoma. While their previous jobs didn’t give them the knowledge they would need for their new venture (Rory managed a bakery and Patrice traveled the country running software trainings), they worked extremely hard and did their homework. While researching the production methods that they would eventually employ at Double R Farms, LLC, it became clear that pasture-based farming would produce the quality of food that they want to consume – and that the public wanted, too. \nRory and Patrice recognized the importance of researching and choosing traditional livestock breeds that would thrive in their climate. They knew the animals must be able to grow and flourish in a pasture-based farming system and would need to cope with the temperature extremes of Central Oklahoma. They also wanted to select rare and endangered breeds. \nWhile Double R Farms began as a meat goat farm, the Whittles soon switched to beef cattle, laying hens, and pigs. After being disappointed by the meat quality of the original cattle breed that they started with, the Whittles identified an uncommon breed called Criollo cattle. Introduced to the Americas by the Spanish in the 15th Century, the Criollo is recognized as a hardy and self-sufficient breed with very lean yet tender meat. It was a good choice: the Criollo cattle have proven themselves to be great foragers and resilient in the varying temperatures experienced at Double R Farms. And, as Patrice and Rory were advised when they bought the cattle, their meat’s texture rivals that of the famous Kobe beef. \nPatrice and Rory have also been very pleased with the traditional hog breed they chose, the Large Black hog. “This rare breed doesn’t do well in confinement,” Rory explains. “They need to be swimming in the pond and living on pasture. The pork that our pastured Large Black hogs produce is such a different color than “the other white meat” that consumers are used to that they often mistake it for beef. While it may seem counterintuitive to eat a rare breed to save it, it’s one of the critical components of rescuing these breeds. Without a market for these animals, farmers have no incentive to raise them.”\nForaging on pasture with the hogs and cattle, Double R Farms’ growing flock of laying hens includes Black Austrolorps, Delawares and Rhode Island Reds. These pastured hens enjoy pecking and scratching for bugs and grubs outdoors all day and only come into their chicken coop to roost at night. \nBy regularly rotating these different animals across the farm’s pastures, the Whittles are helping to rebuild their land’s soil fertility, which was badly depleted by years of cotton farming. Enhancing the soil quality through careful management ultimately improves the grass. “Better soil grows better grass, resulting in better tasting and healthier meat and eggs,” Rory explains. “If you can’t grow good grass, you can’t grow cattle—or anything else.”\nRory and Patrice chose to pursue Animal Welfare Approved certification to reaffirm that they were indeed using the sustainable, high-welfare practices that they knew were the best for their livestock and their land. “We were doing all the stuff already, so why not be recognized for it?” Patrice says. Farming this way is hard work, but the couple doesn’t regret their move from the suburbs to the country. “There are days that can test our patience, but we would not trade one day for the old grindstone,” adds Patrice.\n\nAWA-certified pork, beef and eggs are available from Double R Farms through the Oklahoma Food Coop, an online market which allows members to place monthly orders of items produced in Oklahoma, with deliveries to centralized locations throughout the state. Double R Farms products are also available at farmers’ markets in Oklahoma, as well as direct from the farm. Call, email, or visit www.DoubleRFarmsOK.com for more information and availability.