Our ground beef comes from our 150 acre cattle farm in NE Ohio. We run a 70 head Black Angus Cow Calf operation. The primary goal of the farm is to maintain a permanent herd of brood cows who raise calves for later sale.
We practice intensive rotational grazing where our cows are constantly on the move accessing fresh forages, mineral and clean drinking water. This management allows both the cattle and the land to maintain optimal health.
Because we raise our cattle in this manner, we eat them too. We feed them to our friends and family (who continue to ask for more.) As a way to service that demand, we began CompletelyGrounded.com to continue sharing our ground beef with all of you.
About the Product:
"The Big Mama" ground beef box is literally named after the "mama cows" from which the beef comes from. Because our herd is comprised of females who's primary function is to “get bred” and raise a calf, our beef comes from cows that either fell short in their ability to raise a calf or "get bred."
When a cow (or heifer) is "open," she is typically in excellent body condition. In other words, when she is not carrying or nursing a calf, she is putting on fat. A fat cow is a tasty cow, so we "harvest" her instead of shipping her to an unknown fate at the sale barn.
- Most cattle consumed in this country never reach the age of two. This is because it is more profitable to fatten cattle as fast as possible using "inputs..."
- It takes longer to finish cattle on grass.
- Our average slaughter age is 4 yrs old.
- Many foodies, particularly in Europe, believe older cows have more depth of flavor...
- Much of our nation's grass-fed beef comes from Australia, New Zealand and South America ...The USDA still allows this beef to be packaged as "Product of the USA" so as long as it is packaged in the U.S. which is misleading...
Do you feel bad for the cattle that you slaughter?
Yes. Like most farmers, we do this because we love animals, nature, and the environment.
The farm is a microcosm of the world. There is life and death. Mothers reject calves. Calves die. It is horrible.
Each life is treated with respect and reverence. Cattle are incredible creatures. So are the wild turkeys that scratch at their manure patties and the fighter-jet-like barn swallows that pick off the flies around their heads.
There are few better demonstrations of life than watching calves, just weeks old, bounce around a pasture like a kangaroo testing out their legs for the first time.
The world is a YinYang symbol. Order and Chaos. Life and Death. Opposing elements that depend on one another. You can try to hide from this fact or you can eat a cow.