Frequently Asked Questions

What do your cows eat?

  • Lush Grass Pasture (spring & summer)

  • Quality Alfalfa/Grass Hay baled by Shannon Family Farms (fall & winter)

  • Salt Mineral Block

  • Free Choice Water

Do you use growth hormones in your cattle?

  • Our cows never receive any type of hormones or implants. They are raised slowly on grass and take longer to finish out. Growth rate is slower and it takes longer to reach processing weight, thus an increased cost to the consumer.

Do you routinely use antibiotics in your cattle?

  • Because we do not overstock our land and they are not confined to a feed lot, we do not need to routinely administer antibiotics. Occasionally, a cow or steer will become ill and our veterinarian is contacted. If he deems it necessary, antibiotics will be given. It is recorded in the health record and FDA withdrawal times are followed closely.

What is the history of the beef and traceability?

  • Each animal on the farm can be traced from the birth place all the way to the processor. Many of animals are born here on the farm and never leave until they are sold or processed. On occasion, we will buy a newly weaned bull calf from a trusted farmer neighbor.

Is your beef considered organic?

  • We do not qualify as an organic farm according to the USDA. We have not completed paperwork. To qualify as organic, our pastures for grazing would have to be certified and every field we bale hay from would need to be certified as well. We feel confident in our methods that we don't need to carry the organic label. As always, we encourage farm visits so you can personally see how things are done.

What type of cattle do you raise?

  • Our cow herd is a mix of Hereford (brown and white) and Red Devon.

  • Once per year we breed those cows to an Red Devon bull.

  • Calves are a Herford/Red Devon cross or purebred Red Devon.

  • If we purchased a newly weaned bull calf, they are Red Devon.

Whole and Half Beef Costs

Purchasing beef in bulk is a great way to lock in a low price and feed your family a wholesome meal each day.

Our cattle are raised naturally on lush pastures for their entire lives. There are huge benefits to knowing your farmer and how they raised your meat.

How does buying a whole, one-half, or one-quarter beef work? As cattle get close to finishing, we schedule a processing date with a local processor and deliver it there. Currently, we are using This Old Farm in Colfax, IN for processing. Your meat will be federally inspected (USDA). You will work directly with them to specify the cuts of meat you desire. We are able to talk with you on filling out those cut sheets.

Two separate payments are made for your beef. The first payment is made to Shannon Family Farms a few days after the live animal is delivered to the processor. This purchases the actual animal. The second payment is made to the processor when you pick up your meat. This covers the cost of cutting and packaging.

If you are interested in purchasing a whole, we will happily deliver the animal to this any processor of your choice.

We also sell individual packages of beef and pork if you are hesitant about buying in bulk. Contact us about what cuts are currently available.

The Beef and Pork Whole Animal Buying Guide (pdf) published by Iowa State University Extension Service is a great resource for determining what cuts are available and how much meat you will receive. If needed, we will work with you to put a more accurate estimate of meat and cost together.

Blank cut sheet from This Old Farm. Use this to get an ideas of what cuts are available.

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