Welcome to the Farm!
Our Farm is currently in the process of becoming certified with Animal Welfare Approved, the "gold standard" of optimal humane livestock certification as well as 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 standards, we cannot label an animal with the AGA designation if it EVER was treated with antibiotics in its lifetime. Ever.
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!
Calves are arriving throughout the year, and the 2014 goat kids are ready for new homes. We also will have available a select few yearling does as well. These goats are heavily Spanish, from 100% to no less than 5/8 Spanish. If you are looking for hardy (and hearty) goats, send us a note on the Contact Page.
2014 Kids Remaining:
2 Choice Bucklings
5 Grade Bucklings
We have the University of Kentucky results on kid growth as well as dam performance for this 2014 kidding.
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 on Mother Earth News:
*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