Beef

100% Grass Fed & Grass Finished Beef

 

Humanely Raised on Pasture, 100% Grass Fed & 100% Grass Finished Beef

No hormones, No antibiotics, No medications, No Grain Ever!

Dry-Aged for Premium Quality

High in Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Beta-Carotene, Antioxidants, CLA, and other minerals & nutrients [1]

Leaner, Less Saturated Fat, Low Omega 6 Fatty Acids, Less Calories, Always Non-GMO

Significant cost savings by buying a share (by the side)

 

Our beef is 100% Grass Fed and Grass Finished and we raise our beef according to the guidelines from the American Grassfed Association. This means our cattle eat grass and forbs on pasture or as hay when pasture isn’t available (winter or drought) and never get any grain or soy.  Grass fed beef is both more flavorful and much more nutritious than grain fed beef while maintaining a high standard of tenderness, juiciness, and quality. We also don’t use hormones, antibiotics, or any other medication for any of our animals. Our beef is dry aged for two weeks for premium quality beef.

We have ground beef, stew beef, and soup bones in stock that can be purchased without pre-ordering but the best value is to purchase a share (1/4, 1/2, etc.). We have shares of beef available year-round. Generally we run about 3 to 4 months out but occasionally the wait is shorter. Contact us for current availability and an up to date price sheet.

Why Grass Fed?

Cattle are ruminants and were intended to eat grass and forbs. Cattle were never intended to eat grain. When you feed cattle their intended diet, the cattle are healthier and their meat is much healthier. Healthy animals have healthy meat!

Grass fed beef is much more nutritious than grain or corn fed beef. Grass fed beef is much higher in vitamin E, vitamin A (as much as 4 times more E and A), vitamins B (thiamin and riboflavin), omega 3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, antioxidants, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, as much as 5 times more), calcium, magnesium, potassium, and other nutrients and minerals than grain fed beef. Grass fed beef has an ideal omega 6:3 ratio of about 0.16:1 compared to conventionally raised beef that is well over 20:1. This is similar to the omega 6:3 ratio found in salmon, without the risk of mercury or other contamination. Grass fed beef is also about 10% saturated fat while conventionally raised beef is usually well over 50%. [2]

You’ll also get much more meat per pound with grass fed because you aren’t paying for as much fat that will be trimmed or cooked off. We regularly get 70% or more of the hanging weight in cuts of beef for the freezer where conventionally raised beef is usually only around 55% to 60%. We also cooked one grass fed steak weighing 14 oz. and one grain fed steak weighing 16.5 oz. After they were cooked together on the grill they each weighed 10 oz. That’s about 40% loss in weight for the grain fed steak compared to only 28% for the grass fed steak. Due to the meat being much leaner, grass fed beef tastes much meatier/beefier without a greasy or fatty taste. Grass fed beef tastes like beef is supposed to taste!

Cost & Hanging Weight

We have ground beef, stew beef, and soup bones in stock that can be purchased without pre-ordering but the best value is to purchase a share (1/4, 1/2, etc.). The prices are listed on the price sheet and the prices for the shares are per pound hanging weight. There are no additional fees to the per lb hanging weight price. Hanging weight is the weight of the animal minus the hide, legs, head, and organs; just meat and bone. This is the way the meat hangs in the butcher’s refrigerator. If you compare prices with other sides of beef, keep in mind that usually butchering and other processing fees are added separately and they are significant, usually between $.60/lb and $.90/lb for beef. Also, some other producers will include the organ meats in the hanging weight which will significantly increase your total. We don’t include the weight of the organ meats in the hanging weight for beef or pork.

Purchasing beef this way will save you considerably from purchasing grass fed beef in the store; it will be around half the cost of purchasing grass fed beef in a local retail store and is still a little cheaper than buying CAFO (confined animal feeding operation, aka feedlot) beef in the grocery.

Each half, quarter, or eighth is approximately 30% Steaks, 30% Roasts, and 40% Ground Beef or Stew Beef. An average half of beef will have a hanging weight of approximately 260 to 320 lbs. You can expect to get 65% to 75% of the hanging weight in beef for your freezer. For example, a 300 lb (hanging weight) half will yield about 195 to 220 lbs of beef that goes into your freezer. With grass fed beef, you get more meat per hanging weight than you do with grain fed beef.

Ordering

To place an order for ground beef, stew beef, or soup bones tell us what you’d like (product and quantity) and when you’d like to pick it up at our farm in Dundee and we’ll have it ready for you when you get here. To place an order for a share of beef, please contact us with your name, address, phone, email, and the quantity of beef you’d like to purchase and we’ll reserve it for you. There is no fee for the reservation list. Delivery time will depend on when you place your order, what animals we have ready, and how busy the butcher is. About a month before your beef share will be ready we’ll email you an order form where you can choose how you want your beef cut up. All orders are picked up at our farm in Dundee Monday through Saturday 8 am to 8 pm. Unless prior arrangements have been made, orders must be picked up within two weeks of when they’re ready.

Orders for a half of beef can be butchered however the customer likes, limited by what the butcher will do. Orders for quarters and eighths will get more common butchering options since the entirety of each half has to be butchered the same way and we have to choose options that work best for all parties getting meat from the half. After butchering, all meat is vacuum packed in freezer wrap and frozen to preserve quality. Your beef will be frozen when you pick it up. It can be stored in a zero degrees or below freezer (preferable not frost free) for up to a year.

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[1] Grassfed Beef Review 2010; University of California Summary; Benefits of CLA

[2] Journal of Animal Science