We raise angus and hereford cattle for freezer beef. We generally get these heifers and bull calves as bottle calves in November - December and will raise them up to a little over a year old. We raise them with no steroids or growth hormones and feed them non pesticide sprayed grass and alfalfa hay we bale ourselves. We feed a ground corn and supplement grain as well as access to natural minerals and clean water. These cow have a dry lot with 24/7 aces to their hay water and shelter. Because they are not much past a year old the meat is very lean. To give you an idea of how lean, the hamburger when cooked in a skillet leaves no fat to drain. We generally take them to be processed around October to December. You pay the processing and give the instructions on how you want your beef processed. We use Trenton processing center, they do not hold or stress the cows out before butchering, they do not do a lot of cows and limit the amount they process to allow them to be done properly. We believe happy cows makes better beef.
We like to know how many cows we need come time to get them and start finishing them out. Throughout the year we sometimes have a half or quarter of a cow available for purchase. We contact you every couple months and give you updates on how you beef is doing and then we let you know when we set a date to take them to be processed.
We raise a variety of chickens for eggs. We pride our selves on raising happy healthy chickens just as we do with all the animals on the farm. These girls are quite spoiled, they get daily treats of vegetables, fruits, grains, and breads. Electrolytes and Vitamins.
The girls have a spacious coop with a fan in the summer and heat in the winter. We have a chicken door to the out side play pen pasture for them so we can close it at night to prevent any predators for getting in.
We our very proud of our "Hen friendly, farm fresh Eggs". We are licensed through the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture and the inspector always comments how happy and spoiled are chickens are.
You can stop by and get them at the house for 3.00 a dozen M-f 8-8 and on most weekends although we do travel and camp with the horses on weekends periodically.
Find us at the Alton Farmers Market every Saturday 8-12 Brighton Farmers Market 5-7 with eggs, blackberries, tomatoes, cucumbers (when in season) and sassy reusable plastic egg cartons and towels for sale.