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FAQ'S

Q: Are we Certified Organic?

A: While we do practice organic practices/processes,but we are      not certified organic.

Q:What does it mean when we say that we are fully  sustainable?

A: Fully sustainable means that we raise everything we need for our cows here on the farm! They don't ever leave our farm unless they are headed to Camp Kenmore. 

We have an extensive irrigation system that keeps our pastures and hay fields watered and gloriously green. Since we were previously a dairy farm we have systems in place for spreading our own manure for natural fertilization. The only thing we bring in for the cows off farm is salt and mineral supplements.

Q: Why is it important to us to have closed pastures and use intensive rotational grazing with our herd?

A:Did you know that when you feed a cow, you're really feeding the bacteria in their gut?

The large number of epithelial, immune, neural and commensal bacterial cells lining the gut and their complex interplay's makes the gut the MOST important organ for animal health and performance.

Being fully sustainable and implementing intensive rotational grazing gave the cows gut the ability to perform at optimal physiological functions and helped the animals maintain gut homeostasis which in turn provides a more marbled meat.

Q: What is a closed herd system and why is it important to us. 

A: We choose not to vaccinate or administer antibiotics(we choose to NOT pass that on in our meat) so a closed herd and good bio-security is the key to the best management policy for keeping infectious diseases out of our herd.       

Introducing new animals to your herd will always have    associated risks of importing diseases. 

 

Q: Can we ship meat to out of state?

A: Yes we can!! Shipping rates will vary.

 

Q: What's the difference between grass fed vs. grass finished?A:  Recently the FDA has decided, due to the difficulty in regulating, to distinguish between the two as follows.

  • Grass fed ~ all cows are fed grass at some point in their life. It no longer means your beef only consumes grass throughout its life. Your beef may very well be grain finished without the need to disclose those finishing practices.   

  • Grass finished ~ no grain is EVER fed to grass finished animals. 

Q: Why does grass finished beef have a higher cost?

A: Since grain is never fed to grass finished animals this process will typically take from 24-36 months (compared to the 12-14 months for feedlot cattle). This is the largest factor of why true grass finished beef will cost more than feedlot beef (the traditional grocery store meats). You also must take into account over-wintering and our time, cost, and quality of hay being fed. 

 

Q: What cuts of meat do I get when I wholesale order a whole, half and quarter of beef?

A: Please refer to our Wholesale Buying Guide page and remember this is an example. What you receive depends on the cuts you request from the processor.

Q: Do heritage turkeys taste better than commercially raised turkeys?

 A: Bon Appetit 

"Testers mostly preferred the taste of the heritage turkey, but the eating experience is far from the only factor at play here. Thanksgiving is a symbolic holiday, a time when it makes more sense than ever to be mindful of the environmental and moral issues that come along with eating. It's as good a day as any to ask yourself "Should turkey really cost just $2 a pound?" If you decide that you're willing to pay a premium, heritage turkeys provide an opportunity to support endangered breeds and to eat a bird that lived the lifestyle of its turkey dreams."

~Elizabeth Gunnison

Q: Why are heritage turkeys so expensive?

A: Heritage turkeys are a much slower growing bird as compared to the commercial turkeys in most stores. Adding onto that, we feed all organic/non-GMO feed which increases their growing time by 9-10 weeks because the feed lacks the high fat boosters that commercial feeds contain. Our turkey poults hatch in early Spring and we have them until...well, THANKSGIVING!!