Humane Certification & Videoclick here to learn what it means to be animal welfare certified.
Lucas greets Bob in the morning when he goes to check on the cattle. Around age 1, some beef cattle allow their curiosity to overcome their shyness and they seek contact.
Joan brought Lucas some kale to see if he liked it, but a bigger kid stole his treat. And then he came to make his complaint. I gently walked off the bully;-) Lucas has discovered an advantage to being friendly, instead of shy. Yes, he enjoyed that kale.
In the winter, we feed out the bales we worked so hard to make in the spring. Last May we mowed the grass and then baled it while the moisture was about 50%. We then wrapped it in plastic to set up fermentation, thus enhancing the nutritional value. Probiotics, energy and protein all in one large bale.
In the space of two weeks, we went from the best grazing weather to a surprise 10″ snowfall, which brought grazing to an abrupt and stressful end. The cattle cannot find the grass. Three weeks early, we need to feed hay. Will we have enough? The summer was so dry that the second cut of hay was barely worth the effort and expense.
A tale of adventure: We had planned on celebrating the end of a successful season of grassfed beef production, as soon as we loaded our last two British White cattle into the trailer. But the trucker was late, arriving after dark. The driver backed into the barn and opened the trailer gate with bright lights illuminating the interior of the trailer in an otherwise pitch black barn. The heifer was drawn to this novelty and slowly climbed in to check it out. (We closed the divider gate behind her.) But where’s the steer? We shone our flashlights into every corner of the barn, until we saw the twisted gate. Free into the night! Given the escape route taken, he either turned right and was up a quarter-mile-long dead-end farm road, or he turned left with access to West Shore Road. We could be up all night! We jumped into the ATV and tore up the dead-end lane, hoping for the best. Had we closed all the gates? The ones leading to the 80-acre north field? And there he was — looming large in our headlights, but just as quickly stepping outside their focus and floating away like a ghost — a fast ghost. Quick! Call for help to close off the West Shore Road access, putting up electric fencing so that there was only one lane, and it led to the barn. Then out again in the ATV to find our steer and guide him in. After that, it was easy. He seemed to want to go back to where he would not be so alone in the dark. Shakespeare said it best: “All’s well that ends well.” We DID get to celebrate.
A visit from other farmers is always special. The Papineau family spent some time with the herd, took a few photos of calves and the kids tried out our cattle scratcher.
In the name of agritourism, we are now offering 2 campsites. Our Saturday camper jumped in to help with farm chores, like feeding milk to our bottle-fed calf and setting up temporary fencing for the next cattle move. We can be booked via hipcamp.com or our own website https://healthherofarm.com/farm-stay/. We can accommodate 2 families or a small group.
If you have been thinking about purchasing a side of beef so that you can have the best possible beef at the most economical price, please contact us. NOW is the time to reserve your side, as supplies are limited. Our cattle are certified 100% grass fed, as well as Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World. Perhaps you have already tried our Porterhouse or rib steak at Hotel Vermont or enjoyed our stir fry through the Intervale Food Hub’s Omnivore CSA share. If you order a side of beef, the steaks and roasts can be cut to your specifications, and you can decide how much ground beef versus other cuts you want. We deliver your order to your home free of charge. Our price is $4.20 per pound (hanging weight), plus butcher fees. If you get together with friends and order the whole beef, it’s only $3.95 per pound, plus butcher fees. There’s a lot of good press about the benefits of grass-fed beef, and this is a great opportunity for you to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Buying in bulk gives you all the steaks and roasts for the price of ground beef. If your freezer space is limited, we also offer several size packages on our website to stock up and save. Please contact us to sign up for a year of really great beef!!!