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Also, you may find the following link helpful: www.eatwild.com.
No, we encourage you to seek local producers in your area.
We raise a variety of breeds. We believe the way they are raised is more important than any certain breed. We also appreciate diversity in breeds.
No, we are not certified organic. We are a pasture-based farm and do not feed our animals any antibiotics or artificial growth hormones.
2 years for grass-fed vs. 12-14 months for grain-fed.
The USDA has stated that the recommended standard for grass-fed is the following: “grass and/or forage shall be the feed source consumed for the lifetime of the ruminant animal, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. The diet shall be derived solely from forage and animals cannot be fed grain or grain by-products and must have a continuous access to pasture during the growing season”.
According to many health experts, it is much healthier for us to eat animals that have been raised on pasture, eating what they are designed to eat. When on pasture they are also able to run and play, getting the exercise needed to keep them healthy. They then gain weight at a natural rate rather than being fed growth hormones to gain weight at an unnatural rate. The animals are found to be healthier and to be better able to resist illness and disease. Health experts are also reporting that animals raised on pasture have better proportions of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, along with higher levels of conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs) and more nutrients. We encourage you to not just take our word for it, but research this on your own too!
Hanging weight is the weight taken immediately after slaughter, but before the final trim. Typically, the final “take home” weight after trim is 65-75% of the hanging weight.
We accept cash or checks made out to Mark and/or Angela Mattison. We do not accept credit cards.