Browse Some of Our Most Asked Questions
IS THIS BEEF GRASS-FED?
We only sell grain fed cattle. They are fed mostly corn, but barley and wheat are also fed depending on the price of commodities. What this really means is they are fed what is called a high concentrate, low roughage diet. The reason we sell this type of fed animal is because we feel it tastes better. This type of ration produces more fat in the meat, and the fat is what flavors the meat. That is true of any animal that we eat-- if there is less fat, the flavor changes. I find that it isn’t possible to get a grass-fed cow fat enough to taste the same as grain-fed cattle no matter how long you feed them. The other reason we feed this way is for economic reasons-- cattle grow faster and can therefore be marketed faster when fed grain.
ARE THERE ANY HORMONES IN THIS BEEF?
We do not use hormones on our facility. However, since I am speaking on the subject, you should know that there is no way for anyone to know or test for hormones in the meat. Obviously you can test blood for hormones, but the hormone that is given is an estrogen pellet, but there is estrogen in every cow and there isn’t enough of a difference in the levels to be noticed. The injection is given enough time before slaughter that hormone levels will be back to normal. Most feedlots use this hormone; most beef you will buy anywhere will have had that hormone at some time in its life, and there is no way you the consumer would ever know. However, it is naturally used up there is no excess hormone in any of your meat no matter what has been given. “Why do they advertise that it’s hormone free if all beef is?” you ask? Because they are good marketers!
ARE THERE ANTIBIOTICS USED ON THESE ANIMALS?
There are no antibiotics in the meat at the time of slaughter, and they can test for that fairly easily. This doesn’t however mean that they have never been given any antibiotics. It is very difficult to raise animals without them ever getting sick. Just like people, when they are young they are more susceptible to disease, and therefore antiibioticare used to keep them alive and healthy.
ARE YOU A FACTORY FARM?
I'm not, but that depends on your definition of "factory farm." If you're asking if we're one of those huge operations you've seen from drone footage on Food Inc, then no, I am not a factory farm. I have always qualified as a small business by any standard. If you are asking if we are a CAFO, then yes, we are. We use CAFOs to create a supply of beef that does two things. First, it creates a supply of beef year-round rather than once a year. Second, CAFOs allow producers to efficiently use all the cattle available. Cattle are born on dairies every day--we raise those animals into quality food for you.