Local Southern Maryland farm fresh beef
Battle Creek Beef is a “natural” beef product.
Our Angus cows have their own pastures where they live their lives on grass. They are brought closer to our barnyard a few months before calving so that we may assist with the delivery if necessary and make sure the calves get off to a good start and are comfortable around people. My family has been raising cattle on this farm for many generations and has a good working application of proper animal husbandry practices.
The cattle we raise for meat are kept on rich pastures until they are a year old.
At that time, we offer a ground corn ration with leafy alfalfa hay, all raised by us on our farm, while they continue to graze. This grain and alfalfa mix creates marbling in the beef, which enhances the flavor. No growth hormones, medicated feeds or animal by-products are ever fed. Free choice minerals are provided to address any deficiencies that might exist in their diet.
The cattle are always handled using humane methods.
We walk among them daily to keep them calm and check for any issues that might exist. Using rotational grazing, the cattle are moved monthly to fresh pasture which decreases parasite activity and keeps them growing and healthy.
We chose USDA approved facilities that use humane procedures to process the animals.
Our beef is dry-aged for 14 to 21 days to enhance flavor and tenderness. It is vacuum sealed and quick frozen to ensure freshness and lengthen its preserved time.
“Natural”- livestock raised for meat production entirely without growth hormones, direct fed antibiotics or animal by products
Dry Aging– a process that tenderizes meats, concentrates flavor, produces a superior taste and texture. It is costly because the process requires time and expertise. Moisture is evaporated from the meat; which allows the meat’s natural enzymes to break down connective tissue in the muscle leading to more tender meat.
Humane treatment– animals are able to express normal behaviors and are in an appropriate and comfortable environment that includes sufficient space with access to outdoors and/or pasture. Animals are provided proper facilities with food, water, shelter and company of their own kind
Grass fed/grain finished-access to pastures while adding alfalfa hay and ground corn the last 60-90 days for better flavor and tenderness.