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American Grassfed Association Certified Grassfed Beef

American Grassfed Aassociation defines grassfed animals as those that have eaten nothing but grass and forage from weaning to harvest, which by definition also means grass and forage finishing. That means no grain, EVER! Also, under AGA's standards, grassfed animals have not been raised in confinement, and have never been fed antibiotics or growth hormones. If a grassfed animal is sick or injured and absolutely needs antibiotic intervention, that animal is marked with an ear tag and taken out of our grassfed program. In addition, all AGA-Certified Producers are American family farms and their livestock is born and raised in the U.S.

Grassfed meat is:

* Healthy for people. Research shows that grassfed meat is lean, especially Texas Longhorn meat, contains a high percentage of good fats – Omega 3s and CLA — and beneficial antioxidant vitamins and minerals.

* Healthy for animals. Cattle, goats, sheep, and bison evolved to eat grass and not much else. Feeding them a diet rich in grains creates an acidic environment in their digestive systems, leading to disease and the need for treatment with antibiotics.

* Healthy for the planet.  Pasture-based farming restores natural ecosystems and wildlife habitat, reduces reliance on petrochemicals, improves the soil with organic matter, and reduces greenhouse gasses, especially CO2.

* Healthy for communities. Small family farms provide jobs and strong economies in rural communities and create sustainable businesses for succeeding generations.

A little bit about the breed…

“The iconic breed of cattle known as Texas Longhorn evolved from select Iberian cattle that early Spanish explorers introduced to the New World from Spain and Portugal in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The cattle were brought initially to the Caribbean islands from where they were introduced into Mexico. Over the next two centuries, cattle numbers and ranching increased moving north into present day Texas and across the southwestern U.S., while others moved south into Columbia and Venezuela. The cattle were used as a source of food, leather, tallow, and oxen labor, playing a key role in early European settlements in the “New World.” As Spanish missions were settled and later abandoned due to conflicts, raids and diseases that killed indigenous peoples as well, the cattle roamed freely, unencumbered by man in the wild open spaces, eventually becoming America’s original cattle breed.

In the 1800s Anglo-European settlers arrived in Texas. They gathered the feral cattle for beef, rawhide and oxen labor while introducing other fattier Indian and European cattle, which they preferred for tallow production. Texas Longhorns fell out of favor in the beef industry because their horns did not fit well into rail cars and later into feedlots. By the end of the 19th century, following extensive cross-breeding and numbers reduction due to cattle drives, longhorn populations were seriously endangered.

Texas Longhorn cattle range in weight from 800 to 1200 pounds depending on the land on which they are raised. The Texas Longhorn is one of the most majestic and ecological cattle breeds today, known for their characteristic lateral, twisty horns that developed as a defense from predators. They are recognized for their healthful beef characteristics; their ability to thrive in harsh, marginal environments with little maintenance from humans; and the economic advantage to raising them due to their naturally evolved heartiness including disease resistance and fertility. Beef from the Texas Longhorn has a robust flavor, that echoes their wild heritage, with somewhat of a sweet taste.

Despite efforts to conserve Texas Longhorns, as of 2015 their numbers are still seriously at risk due to continued crossbreeding, herd reductions, retiring ranchers, and lack of public awareness of Heritage Texas Longhorn as a healthy edible beef choice. The Livestock Conservancy has classified historically correct, heritage Texas Longhorn Cattle (CTLR) as “Critically Endangered” — facing near extinction. According to a 2013 census by the Livestock Conservancy, conducted by CTLR, the global population of these purebred heritage longhorns may be just over 3,000 animals, with approximately 1,200 longhorns in the U.S.” - https://www.slowfoodusa.org/ark-item/heritage-texas-longhorn

We have 3 beef available for harvest December 2018. Taking deposits now!

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Whole

Approximately 370lbs of meat. Whole beeves are customizable. We will email you a cut sheet to fill out once we have recieved your deposit. 

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halVE

Approximately 140lbs of meat. Half beeves are customizable. We will email you a cut sheet to fill out once we have received your deposit.   

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quarter

Quarter/Split Side of beef is restricted to our "Classic Variety Cut" Package. Approximately 70lbs of meat. 

Our butcher does not allow custom cut orders for any bulk beef orders smaller than a half/side of beef and does not allow substitutions for this package. The following is what you can expect in a quarter/split side of beef:

• Rib Steaks 3/4 inch thick 2 per package
• Bone-In Chuck Roasts 3-4 lbs. 
• 1 Boneless Arm Roast 3-4 lbs. 
• 1/2 of the Brisket
• Short Ribs 4 per package
• Stew Meat in 1 pound packages
• T-Bone Steaks 3/4 inch thick 2 per package
• 1 package of Tenderloin Steak 3/4 inch thick (the rest of the tenderloin is on the T-Bone) 
• Boneless Sirloin Steaks 3/4 inch thick 1 per package
• Boneless Sirloin Tip Steaks 3/4 inch thick 1 per package
• Round Steak 3/4 inch thick 1 per package
• Boneless Rump Roasts 3-4 lbs. 
• Each Split Side will have either a Flank Steak or a Tri-Tip Roast in their order (there is only 1 of each per side of any beef) 
• Ground Beef in 1 pound packages (at least 90% lean)

**A $10 handling fee is added to all split side/quarter of beef orders due to the level of complexity.**

Offal Notice:
Offal must be requested at time of slaughter by the grower. Please let us know if you would like any of the offal.  
If you wish to keep the all-fall, a $10 handling fee will be assessed. 
Our butcher has no control over offal and cannot provide it if it is requested too late.

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eighth

Roughly 35lbs, mixed package that may include a variety of steaks, roast, ground and other types of cuts like stew and kabob. 

individual cuts available

  • Ground Beef in 1 pound packages (at least 90% lean, more close to 95-96% lean): $6

  • Ground Beef 10 pound packages (at least 90% lean, more close to 95-96% lean): $57.50

  • Bones to make bone broth or for Fido: $3/lb

  • Beef meaty soup bones: $4/lb

  • Beef short ribs: $6/lb

  • Beef t-bone steak: $14/lb

  • Beef sirloin & sirloin tip steak: $16/lb


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How to get our Grassfed Beef

For bulk shares, including 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 & whole, we will contact you often with details regarding your purchase, including date of butcher, cut sheets (if applicable), and when you can expect your beef to be available for pickup. 

Once farmers market season starts, for ground beef and individual cuts, you can visit our booth at the Colorado Farm & Art Market every Wednesday from 3pm-7pm hosted by the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum, or visit our booth at the Colorado Farm & Art Market every other Saturday from 9am-1pm, hosted by the Margarita at Pine Creek. Please be sure to check our event calendar to double check the Saturdays that we will be at the CFAM. 

Once ground beef and individual cuts are available, there will be a purchasing option above ↑. Those items will also be available for delivery, farm pickup and farmers market pickup. 

Farmers market pickup

Place your order anytime before Tuesday at noon for Wednesday CFAM market pick-up or Friday at noon for (every other) Saturday CFAM pick-up. 

Wednesdays:      3pm-6:30pm    Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum 215 S. Tejon Street Colorado Springs June 13-October 10

Every other Saturday:          9am-1pm            The Margarita at Pine Creek         7350 Pine Creek Rd Colorado Springs June 16-October 13

Please see our event calendar to double check farmers market dates

farm pickup

Place your order and we’ll follow up with you to schedule a time to pickup at the farm.               

22755 E Garrett Rd  Calhan, CO 80808

DELIVERY

We offer farm door-to-front door delivery service to the Colorado Springs area. No need to be home! Just leave a cooler and payment at your front door, and we'll drop off your order.If you live in the Colorado Springs Area, you can receive Door-to-Door Delivery, but you must be pre-qualified before signing up for this option.  Please E-mail us to determine if your location qualifies - Fee of $5.00 per delivery, or free delivery with $20 minimum order.

FARM STORE

Our on-farm store is in the works! But until its open, please take advantage of our farm door-to-front door delivery or take a little drive to pick up at the farm.


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