Our Farm has been certified by Animal Welfare Approved, the "gold standard" of optimal humane livestock certification for our cattle and goat breeding stock operation and has already been endorsement with American Grassfed Association which is the tops for 100% grassfed certification.
We feed no grain to our cattle and goats, just forage in the field and occasional hay, and our policy is not to use antibiotics unless there is a reason. Following American Grassfed Association standards, we cannot label an animal with the AGA designation if it EVER was treated with antibiotics in its lifetime. Ever. Our meat products will also be AWA certified in the near future.
What will this mean for you, the purchaser of a SteelMeadow Farm animal? That your calf, kid, bull, steer or cow (and soon USDA retail meat cuts from our farm) was raised according to the most humane and stringent of requirements. No confinement, open access to pasture 24/7, stress-free handling and optimal husbandry.
We will upgrade our progress throughout this lengthy certification process, so stay tuned!
2014 Kids are Sold Out!
If you are interested in Spanish Goats for 2015, please send us a note via our Contact Page.
All our Irish Dexters are now sampled and test results in! The entire herd is officially PHA free! Each Irish Dexter is also DNA Genotyped and tested for Beta Casein.
We test each calf, regardless of parental results, for Chondrodysplasia, Pulmonary Hypoplasia with Anasarca (PHA), Beta Casein, color profile and we DNA genotype both males and females.
Results of these and additional tests are posted with each Dexter on the Irish Dexter Cattle page.
Look for our blog posts:
*About Irish Dexter Cattle
*Perfect Sandwich Bread
*Pre-Spring Hive Workup
*How to Calculate How Many Animals Per Field
*Steelmeadow's Pre-Kidding Checklist
*Lazy Gardener's Tomato Sauce
*For the Love of Pole Barns; New Goat Barn, Part I
*Roasting Green Coffee Beans at Home
*For the Love of Pole Barns; Part Two
*Best Ever Pickled Asparagus
*Multi-Species Grazing (Goat Rancher magazine; Sept and Oct 2014 issues)
*Purple Fingerling Sweet Potato Salad