On any dairy farm, there is always the dilemma about what to do with the male calves that are born, as only females can give milk. On our farm, we have decided to take advantage of this opportunity and create a desirable product that is generally difficult to find. Some of the bull calves are raised on pasture with the other calves until they are around 1-½ years old and near 1000 pounds. Dairy breeds, especially those that are raised on grass for beef are much lower in intramuscular fat than most beef breeds. Despite what you may have heard, this does not make the meat any less tender, less juicy, or less flavorful. In addition, animals raised on grass are higher in beneficial fats such as the Omega-3 fatty acids and Conjugated Linoleic Acid as well as Beta-Carotene and Vitamin E. Overall, grass-fed beef is a healthy and tasty alternative to grocery store or conventionally raised beef!
Where’s the Beef?
We sell our beef at the farm and several of the farmers markets we attend. Everything we have is available in the freezer in the sales room on our farm. At the Huntingdon, Ligonier, and Juniata (Altoona) farmers markets, we usually bring our ground hamburger, beef patties and several select cuts, such as steaks and roasts. If you would like to buy more than just a few cuts, you can also buy a half or whole animal from us and have it processed and frozen for your whole family to enjoy throughout the year.
We sell our animals at the end of the grazing season, in September or October. They are sold by the whole, half, or quarter hanging weight, as weighed by the butcher of your choosing. A hanging weight is the weight of the animal after the hide, head, feet, and viscera are removed. In ordering an animal from us, by state law you are contracting for us to give a healthy animal to the butcher. At the same time you are contracting with the butcher to custom cut and package the beef as you desire, and you pay the butcher his going rates for that processing. We have been working with a local butcher in the past few years. We will deliver animals to that butcher for free. If you choose a different butcher you may need to pay mileage and make arrangements to get one whole animal processed by the same butcher.
If you are interested in purchasing a large quantity of beef from us, sign up below for our annual newsletter that we send out each fall (usually in August or September).