The animal's diet is fed only grass on pastures during grazing seasons and grass hay or grass silage during winter. There are no grains in their diet. They are also fed free choice minerals as needed.
The animal is supplemented with a grain diet that consist of non genetically modified organisms.
The animal is never fed or injected with steroids or hormones
Animals are never fed antibiotics or drugs. The animals are never treated with antibiotics unless they are in a life threatening situation which the veterinarian recommends. If an animal is treated, we double the withdraw period that is recommended from the veterinarian before harvest. We almost never have this situation, because the animals live in such a healthy environment. We feel it is ethical to treat an animal if necessary to prevent death.
The animals are always are on pasture during grazing season. Due to Midwest winter weather, animals are moved to shelter areas with feed and ability to roam freely. We feel it is ethical to move the animals shelter to stay warm and dry during cold and snowy seasons.
Animals are never fed animal-by products.
Some processors preserve meats using nitrate/nitrite to extend shelf life. We choose to keep is all natural and not to use nitrate/nitrites.
Most commercial processors age their beef for maybe a couple days before cutting the carcass for efficiency. One great benefit about our beef is we dry aged it for 14 days. The extra time helps to tenderize the beef and make it better tasting!
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to food. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that's "generally recognized as safe," but its use remains controversial. We choose to not use it because we want to keep our meats all natural.
All our animals are slaughtered at a local family owned butcher facility that is USDA inspected. They take the slaughtering process serious and follow all the proper procedures to ensure the animal is handled calmly and given a humane death.