With the growing popularity of grass-fed
beef, more farmers are marketing
their beef as grass-fed. But all grass-fed
beef is not the same.
Beef wandering freely in a 100 acre pasture
are grass-fed. But for the best taste and
nutrition, cows should rotate through small
2-3 acre pastures every several days, as the
cows at Weatherbury Farm do.
Weatherbury cows eat organic grass, unlike
many cows which graze on pastures that have
been sprayed with herbicides and
Weatherbury cows are grass-fed and
grass-finished. They never eat grain.
Types of animals sold
Weatherbury cows are born and live their
entire life on the farm. Many farmers, to
avoid overwintering costs, purchase calves
(often of unknown origin) at the auction.
Surprisingly, we have even seen farms advertising
for "cull cows" (cows that a farmer is
getting rid of) to raise as grass-fed beef.
Weatherbury Farm beef is sold (cut, wrapped
and frozen) by the amount of beef you
receive. Many farmers sell by the hanging
weight. The finished weight is at best 60%
of the hanging weight and the price doesn't
include processing. So what looks like a
great price ends up per pound two to three
times what it appears to be.
Finally, Weatherbury Farm beef is
butchered locally by a small family-owned
butcher shop that does just one animal at a
time. Thus you can be assured that the meat
you receive is Weatherbury Farm
grass-fed beef. Frequently, we hear a
"horror story" from yet another farmer who
used a large butcher and the meat he
received from the butcher was not from the cow he sent in.