Q: Where does my beef come from?
A: We buy our calves from local Indiana farmers and finish them on the rolling hills of our Whitewater River Valley farm. They spend as much of their time in the pasture as possible. However, during the winter months, we bring them into our bedded, open-air barn.
Q: How is my beef fed?
A: Our cattle begin eating limited grain and all of the grass they desire. Over time, they gradually move toward being able to eat all the grain and all the grass they desire. Every morsel of grain and every blade of grass they eat is grown on our farm.
Q: How is my beef processed/packaged?
A: Your beef is picked up from the farm, butchered and then hangs for about 14 days to age before it is cut. It is USDA inspected, packaged, and frozen for transportation to your home. All of this occurs in an inspected, certified facility, so you can feel assured your meat was carefully prepared.
Q: How do you process your ground beef?
A: Our beef is naturally processed, meaning nothing is added to the beef during processing. We trim the fat closely and then grind the beef and all of the marbling within. We do not add fat, water, color, etc. to the ground beef.
Q: Where is my beef butchered and processed?
A: This Old Farm in Colfax, Indiana.
Q: When will my order be ready?
A: When you place an order, we will contact you to confirm and arrange the pick up or delivery. For our smaller orders, we keep beef on hand for shipping. If we run out of a cut or you order a quarter or more, it typically takes about 2 to 3 weeks to butcher, age and package your beef. We work hard to fill our orders quickly, however when it comes to producing quality tasting beef, this is not a process we want to rush.
Q: I live locally. Where can I pick up my order?
A: You can pick up on our farm. Call us to organize a special delivery.
Q: Do I need coolers to transport my beef?
A: This depends on how long your order will be out. If your beef is shipped, it will arrive in an insulated container. If you're picking it up, we will work with you to come up with a plan to get your beef home safely.
Q: If I decide to ship, what will my shipping costs be?
A: All prices include shipping. There are discounts for picking up on the farm.
Q: How long will a bulk of beef last?
A: It depends on how often your family likes to eat meat. Here's how long it takes most families to go through a 1/4 beef:
Small Family (1-3 meat eaters) Estimated Time 6-12 months
Medium Family (4-6 meat eaters) Estimated Time 3-6 months
Large Family ( >6 meat eaters) Estimated Time < 3 months
Q: How much freezer space do I need?
A: One cubic foot of freezer space will hold 35-40 pounds of cut and wrapped beef.
Q: Can I customize my order?
A: Of course! There are many ways we can customize your order. Let us know how we can help!
Q: Do your cattle receive hormone treatments?
Q: Do you give your beef antibiotics?
A: We work closely with our veterinarian to help prevent and manage illness. When an animal gets sick, we administer antibiotics to help. We strictly adhere to all FDA requirements as it comes to antibiotic administration. We use the least or lowest dosage necessary to ensure the animal's health and recovery. At the time of butchering, all beef are free of antibiotic residues as is required by the FDA. We do not use antibiotics with the intent of growth promotion.
Q: Is the corn in your feed GMO free?
A: For now, the corn we produce on our farm is GMO. We continue to monitor the research on GMO's to make sure we're doing the best for our land, our animals and the people we feed.
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