Frequently Asked Questions
In our years of farm tours, and recently at the Farmer's Markets, we've had our fair share of questions. We love them -- we love to tell our story, and how it connects to the end consumer. We love to hear your questions and know what is important to you.
What is dry aged beef and why?
Dry Aged Beef is a tradition that's gotten a little lost over time - phased out for speed and efficiency. Benefits from dry aging are additional beef tenderness and a concentrated flavor that you can compare to a premier steak house.
Our whole carcass beef is hung on the rail in a temperature and humidity controlled hanging cooler for at least 21 days at a USDA inspected facility. We know this process concentrates the flavor and adds extra tenderness to an already high quality side of beef.
The dry aging process requires more time, effort, expertise, and expense. But it's the type of beef we love and appreciate and know you will too!
It is definitely "Worth the Wait!"
How is this different than Wet Aged Beef?
Wet aged beef is packaged in large cuts right after rigor lets up - and placed into packaging so it doesn't lose volume during transit.
When wet aged beef gets to its destination - it's portioned up into steaks and roasts for the consumer's end use. There's the most amount of benefit to the packer and retailer in this scenario.
It's exactly the opposite of what we're trying to achieve.
Are your animals grassfed?
Mostly. They're born on pasture and finished on pasture and eat what they want.
We feed them too so they get a consistent diet all year round, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. It's a high quality TMR (Total Mixed Ration) of crops we've grown right around our farm - a blend of cornsilage, alfalfa haylage, protein, a mineral mix and even cottonseed. our TMR is specifically formulated by a ruminant animal nutritionist to meet all of our cattle's growth needs.
We can achieve really great marbling on our feeds that you can't find in a lean or straight grassfed beef, with the additional advantage of a predominantly forage (grass) based diet.
Where do your dairy products come from? Are they made from your farm's milk?
Milk from our dairy cows is direct shipped to a AA Grassland butter plant in Greenwood, Wisconsin and occasionally the Alcam plant in Richland Center, Wisconsin where it is made into Grade A Handrolled butter.
You'll appreciate Grassland butter -- grading AA, the highest grade for quality solids and quarters, unmatched in taste and quality.
Do you use Bovine Growth Hormone?
No. Our beef animals are non-implanted and do not contain any extra hormones, no more than they would naturally. We want our animals to progress through a natural maturing process.
Do you use rBST?
No. Our dairy cows are given no extra hormones, especially not recombinant bovine somatotropin, or rBST. We want our animals to progress through a natural maturing process.
What about antibiotics?
Yes, but only when necessary. We work closely with our Veterinarian for any extra needed care We don't blanket treat any group of our animals with antibiotics for any preventative reason at all. We believe that an ounce of prevention and high quality animal care beats a pound of "cure." We treat our animals as we do our kids --- using antibiotics only when necessary for their health.
We know which animals receive extra treatment because we use herd management software that we can access anywhere and anytime. We follow all withdrawal guidelines and are used under the direct supervision of a licensed Veterinarian.
Animals in our direct dry aged beef program are never ever treated with any antibiotics. If one of our beef animals needs antibiotic treatment for any reason, it's no longer eligible for our premium beef program and works through regular withdrawal protocol and otherwise sold. That way we can do right by the animal and be honest and transparent about the meat we sell.
Are you organic?
We are not organic, but we are as clean of a program as possible. We use high quality animal care standards that are independently verified through the F.A.R.M. program. We practice sustainable farming methods, such as cover crops, buffer strips, and waterways for erosion control to do the best we can for our environment, our kids and our future.
What about GMOs? Do you feed them to your animals?
We feed both conventional and nonGMO feeds to our animals. Almost everything that goes into our cows' diet is grown by us, right around the home farm, using progressive and sustainable farming practices.
Tell me about the plastic that the frozen beef is packaged in?
Our dry aged beef and Duroc pork is packaged in a high quality cryovac plastic that does not contain Bisophenol A, otherwise known as BPA. This plastic is rated for deep cold, and temperatures up to 149 degrees. We've tested it straight into our sous vide cooker and love it frozen to finish.
Are you hosting another Breakfast on the Farm?
We love this question, and we love Breakfast on the Farm. Yes, we've offered to host in the future. For now, we are enjoying breakfasts on the farm of our neighboring farmers in the county. Join us!
Where is the Creamery?
We do not have our own Creamery. Our farm is named after a creek that is locally called Creamery Creek. There used to be a Creamery on it, but there is not anymore.