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Why grass-fed beef instead of grain-fed beef?  For the best explanation, we recommend visiting http://www.organicgrassfedbeefinfo.com/.

 

Why we believe our beef products are superior?  Our animals are better cared for on our farm than any other farm.  They are free to graze in sunshine along with having shade for protection.  In winter they have barn protection from severe weather.  They have water that is treated or conditioned as if for human consumption.  Their pastures have a variety of different grasses and legumes.  Remember, if it is in the animals’ feed, it’s in our food.  If it is in our food, it is affecting our health.  We are what our animals eat and drink.

 

Why we believe our eggs are superior?  In addition to being fed certified organic grains, our hens are free ranging year round.  In the winter they have all day access to the outdoors and are free to roam.  In addition to the grain they receive green hay.  The eggs have dark yellow yolks and sell for $4.50/doz.  Visit the Free-Range Pastured Poultry page under Our Products for more details.

 

Do we test our water?  We test our water yearly for quality.  Our well was installed beyond limestone to filter out any chemicals such as nitrates.  By doing this we have high iron in our water.  After researching the effects of iron on mineral absorption we decided to install several iron filters to rectify the problem for our livestock.  Now they drink the same quality water as we do.  Again, we are what our animals eat and drink.

 

Why our beef Cattle?  We chose Murray Grey, Devon and Angus beef cattle because they have escaped genetic tampering and have not been modified to a grain based diet.  They are moderately framed, efficient and finish well on pasture.  Our cattle average 1050 to 1150 lbs. at finish and are well marbled.

 

What grasses grow in our pastures?  We plant grasses that produce the carbohydrates cattle need to finish.  These include Meadow Fescue, Orchardgrass, Festulolium and Timothy.  We also plant or frost seed legumes such as Alfalfa, Red Clover and White Clover, which provide the protein animals need for growing.  Dandelion, chicory and other native plants and grasses are also naturally occurring in our pastures and are a great liver cleanse for them as well as adding variety and needed minerals.

 

What do we feed our animals in the winter?  In spring when there is an over abundance of pasture we cut and bale feed and make it into baleage.  Baleage is hay that has a higher moisture content that can be made quicker than dry hay.  Which means it can be baled sooner and has a higher feed value quality.  We are less at the mercy of Mother nature for providing us with several days of hot sunny weather that is needed for dry hay.  Next to pasture it is their feed of choice.

 

Who are our processors?  For our beef, we use Sorg’s Quality Meats and Sausage.  They are located at N4290 Hwy. 14, a half mile south of Hwy 11, Darien, WI.  They can be contacted at 262.724.5554 or 262.724.3364.  They are small, family-owned plant that works closely with our customers.  They are located only 3 miles from our farm so our animals are minimally stressed during transportation.

 

How much beef will you take home?  With an average market weight (live or on hoof) of 1,150 lb. and the average yield of 58-60%, the typical steer will produce a 650-690lb. carcass (dressed weight).

The dressed beef (or carcass) will yield approximately 450 lb. of red meat and trim (take home meat, which includes the average weight of 27 lb. of variety meat: liver, heart, tongue, tripe, sweetbreads and brain), and 146 lb. of fat, bone and loss. 

This is roughly a yield of 60-65% from the dressed or hanging weight.

For those ordering a ¼ (split half), take home meat will be approx. 110-120 lb.; for those ordering a ½ steer, 220-240 lb.

These are estimates. Weights will very due to finished weight of cattle, cutting instructions and grading.

 

What cuts will you get with a ½ steer?  You get more flexibility in cut choice when ordering a ½ steer.  You are not at the mercy of splitting it with another person should you want specific sizes or thicknesses for your cuts.  Please click here for a list of the cuts for a ½ steer.  You can also go to our  Grassfed Beef  page under Our Products for more details on pricing and cuts.

 

What cuts will you get with a ¼ steer (split half)?  When ordering ¼ steer (also called a split half), you are splitting a ½ steer with another person.  As you are well aware, no two families are alike and therefore will want to each order according to their needs and likes.  To make it fair to both parties splitting the ½, we leave it up to the processor to do a standard cutting order on split halves; therefore there is little flexibility in cut thicknesses or amounts.  Please contact us for more information or questions.  Please click here for a list of the cuts for a ¼ steer.  You can also go to our Grassfed Beef page under Our Products for more details on pricing and cuts.

 

How much freezer space will you need? A ¼ beef will require a 5 cu ft freezer; ½ beef will require an 8 cu ft freezer; a whole beef will require 12 cu ft freezer.

 

What methods can you use for payment? Currently we accept cash or checks made to VDB Organic Farms. We do not take credit cards at this time.