We take great pride in raising happy and healthy animals. Feeding cattle grass instead of grain is one thing; taking a holistic approach toward raising a herd is another. That's why we are an Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) producer and are Certified Grassfed. Our slaughterhouse/butcher is also AWA certified.

[Certified Grassfed by AWA] is the only certification and logo in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100% grass and forage diet, raised outdoors on pasture or range, and managed according to the highest welfare and environmental standards on an independent family farm. While other grassfed labels exist, none can match the breadth, integrity, and transparency that Certified Grassfed by AWA offers.

Herd Composition

We maintain a herd of approximately 50 animals, including cattle of Pinzgauer, Simmental, Devon, Hereford, and Angus heritage. Selecting the best genetics from a variety of English and Continental breeds generates a herd that is sustainable, efficient and, of course, results in the highest quality beef. Our selection and breeding process looks for animals who are:

  • slower growing than typical beef cattle, leading to beef with a greater depth of flavor
  • well-suited to being fed and finished exclusively on grass
  • able to thrive in the Vermont climate
  • efficient and productive grazers who work well with our grazing techniques
  • well-tempered and who will succeed as part of the herd at large
  • good mothers, in raising offspring and milk production, to ensure healthy calves. 
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