Frequently Asked Questions

Q1

Do you have a store with hours?

We currently do not have a store with hours.  The exception is our 24-hour self-serve honor system egg stand at the end of our driveway!  We operate with our online farm store website.  We store our USDA Inspected beef and pork in various freezers on our farm where we live and our animals live.

Q2

How do I pick up my order?

After ordering, call or email us to arrange a time for pickup on our farm.  We’re usually available evenings and weekends.  We accept PayPal or Credit Cards through our online farm store, or Cash on pickup.  

Q3

How many people are involved in your operation, and how big is your farm?

Husband and Wife, Jason and Pam, work together on all aspects of managing our 40 acre farm outside of Ransom, Illinois.

Q4

Why is there a price difference in grass fed beef as compared to grocery store beef?

Our grass fed and finished beef, with no added hormones or fed anti-biotics, takes almost three times the amount of time to get to market size.  The additional time growing means that we have to feed hay, or dried grass, to the cattle over the winter, which is very expensive.   

Q5

Is there a difference between store bought grass fed beef and your grass fed beef?

Yes, there is a difference. 

The majority of grass fed beef sold in stores is imported from Austraila, Uraguay, or Brazil.  Unfortunately, large companies are playing marketing slight of hand tricking consumers into thinking they are buying cattle that have eaten only grass.  Companies often label beef “Grass Fed” if at some time in its life, the cow ate grass.  Additionally, store bought grass fed beef can still be injected with growth hormones or fed anti-biotics to hasten growth.  If you don’t know the farm from which your beef came from, you just don’t know.

Q6

Do you use anti-biotics or hormones?

In rare instances, we will use an anti-biotic to save an animal’s life.  For instance, our bull once got his foot caught in a fence and it got infected.  This required a single use of anti-biotics.  However, we do not feed our animals anti-biotics, which is a standard practice on most feedlots.

Q7

How long will one of your 1/4 or 1/2 cows last me?

This depends on the size of your family and how often you cook beef.  For a family with 2 adults and 2 kids eating beef 3-4 times per week, a 1/4 beef will feed your family for 3-6 months and will last 8-12 months for a 1/2 beef.    Our 1/8 beef package is great for a single person or a couple, and will last about 2-3 months.  

Q8

Are you Certified Organic or Certified Humane?

Due to extreme cost of being certified, we have elected not to certify organic or humane.  However, you'll find most of our farming practices to match or exceed the standards in either of these certifications.      

Q9

Do you ship?

We offer shipping for select packages.  We currently offer a Grill Box and a Beef Box, each weighing about 18 lbs.  We will only ship these perishable items to those areas within a two day FedEx Ground transit time to ensure items arrive frozen. 

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