(1) The amount of meat you get per lb hanging weight depends on how the meat is cut and the percentages above assume standard cutting. The more meat that is ground the less weight in cuts of meat you’ll get per pound hanging weight because of bones that are cut out. For beef, the difference in hanging weight to weight of the cuts is because the beef is dry aged and loses water in the aging process. For standard cutting all the lost weight is water weight. You'll still get all of the meat that's in the hanging weight in cuts of beef. Compare that to most beef in the store which is wet aged. Wet aging means not only did the beef not lose water weight it also had water added to it to increase the weight. For most beef and chicken in the stores you are paying for the weight of water or saline that was injected into the meat and it can easily be 15% of the weight.
(2) Non-GMO (genetically modified organism) is NOT the same as organic and it is in no way better than organic although all organic crops are also non-GMO. Non-GMO food that is not organic is full of chemicals including a wide variety of pesticides, herbicides, and petro-chemical fertilizers. Non-GMO crops are heavily sprayed and they are sprayed with more chemicals than conventional GMO crops. The chemicals used on feed crops collect in the animals that eat the crops and you injest those chemicals when you eat their meat.
We don’t use any chemicals, soaps, or cleaners to wash our eggs. Our eggs are only lightly hand rinsed with water alone to remove dirt but not disturb the cuticle which seals the egg keeping in moisture and keeping bacteria out.
Our eggs are from heritage breed hens that range freely on green pastures and are allowed to forage outdoors all day (with the cattle and pigs) without cages or pens or any confinement. Their forage is supplemented with only Certified Organic Feed (which is always Non-GMO).
Our cattle eat grass on pasture or hay when pasture isn’t available (winter or drought) and never get any grain or soy. For our poultry and pork, we use only Certified Organic Feed (which means it's also Non-GMO) to supplement their forage. You can download a list of the ingredients in our feeds here: BP Farms Feed Ingredients
All of our products are grown using only sustainable, environmentally friendly, agricultural practices without the use of antibiotics, hormones/steroids, medications, pesticides, herbicides, or genetically modified products (GMOs). All our livestock are humanely raised on pasture.
We raise 100% Grass Fed Beef, Organic Pastured Heritage Pork, Organic Pastured Brown Eggs, and Organic Pastured Free Range Chicken on our small family farm. We sell our products both direct to consumer from the farm and wholesale.
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We use only certified organic feeds & supplements which means they are also all Non-GMO. Non-GMO foods that are not organic are full of chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, etc.) and often more chemically loaded than GMO foods. It’s vitally important what the animals you eat eat. You should know what the animals you eat have been fed. That’s why we happily disclose our feed ingredients. Be leery of farms that won’t tell you what they feed their animals. Certified organic feed is expensive so if a farm doesn’t specifically state they are using only organic feed they aren’t! (See note 2 below for info on the difference between Non-GMO and organic.)
All seasoning and cures used in our pork processing are Certified Organic, soy-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free. This is rare and hard to find with farm-to-consumer pork. It’s also much more expensive. Many farms, even organic ones, take their animals to processors that use pink cure which is full of chemicals and artificial preservatives (nitrates and nitrites).
All orders are packed in boxes and stored in freezers at our farm until you pick them up and you can get your order most any time Mon - Sat. You don’t need to bring coolers or boxes when you come to get your orders. Most other farms you have to go the butcher to pick up your meat during limited butcher’s hours and pack the meat yourself when you get there. This also allows us to charge one price and you don’t have to pay the farm and processor separately. We simplify the process by placing the order with us and picking it up from us.
We only use butchers that don’t batch process. This means they will not to mix meat from different farms together! We make absolutely sure we get our meat back from our butchers and only our meat!! The great majority of butchers, even small local family run butchers, combine the trimmings from all the beef or pigs from all the different farms who brought in animals that week and grind them up together. This is a very common practice and they usually do it without the customer's knowledge. The sausage and ground beef you pick up from those butchers is a mix from all the different animals that were brought in that week and who knows what those animals were fed? We will not use butchers who do that.