- Sidie Hollow Farms
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Beef you can trust, start to finish. From our farm to your freezer.
We are now taking reservations for 2023 Spring Season. Beef will be processed June 28th and July 5th. You will have your meat 4-6 weeks after processing.
PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS CAREFULLY - IT HAS IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS
YOU ARE MAKING A RESERVATION FOR MORE BEEF BY MAKING THIS PAYMENT... PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS!
Sidie Hollow Farms beef are raised on a state of the art paddock design that moves them 1 to 3 times daily during the growing season and every 3-7 days in the winter months. This method of limited disturbance and long stretches of rest promote incredible benefits to our soil. And... We are soil farmers!
The same animals that are blamed for global warming might be the only solution to combat it. Our grazing methods sequester carbon from the atmosphere, allowing us to truly be "farming carbon". We operate around 5 basic soil health principles and believe them to be the future of our resource base and a way to correct years of degradation.
Soil Health "LAWS" (On our farm)
- Limit disturbance - tilling years apart the house x
- Armor the soil - protect the soil x
- Diversity - no where in nature is a monoculture. Diversity enhances ecosystem function x
- Living roots in soil - feeding soil biology by providing its basic food source, carbon. Fall seeded biennial x
- Integrate animals - nature does not work without animals grazing of plants stimulates the plants to pump more carbon in the soil by cycling more carbon out of the atmosphere and putting it in the soil we are harvesting carbon and moving in the right direction for global warming
Now onto the animals:
My philosophy is to put our cattle to work for the benefit of the soil while also keeping them as comfortable as possible. They are incredible animals that can survive in difficult conditions but I do believe we go above and beyond to make sure they are comfortable, as long as it fits within our soil health "Laws".
What do they eat?
Forage, grass, forage and Grass. I describe forage as plants growing out of the ground. We plant diverse cover crop mixes that go beyond grass trying to heal our soil and give the cattle a diverse diet. Want to see how planned our grazing operation is? Here is a picture of our field plan. Each color group provides different food options for the cattle and different areas that don't only benefit the cattle but all of the wildlife we strive to see flourish.
The "cover crop fields are warm & Cool season annuals and cool season perennials that consist of clover, grasses, sorghum, kale, collards, radishes, oats, trit, barley, chicory, pollinators, pumpkins, gords and much more. We also give them clean up our garden at the end of the year - Cucumbers, Zucchini, Tomatoes, peppers, and much more.
How do we treat them?
We strive to give them a life with—open air, fresh feed, and low stress handling techniques. We also treat them with the utmost respect while giving them a lot of love. I truly believe showing them love translates to healthier animals and it forces us to care for them in the best way I know how. As I always say, "We strive to give our animals the best life possible, with only one bad day for them, and us."
We believe this results in meat that is higher in nutrients and healthy fats than conventionally raised alternatives. Raising a new standard isn’t the easiest way, but we believe it’s the only way forward.... It also tastes... AAAAAmazzzzing!!
What are the health benefits of Grass Fed Beef?
There are a few that I will list below, but for the most part you are buying the way these animals were raised. All grass fed beef are not created equal and neither is grain fed. We are not trying to put anyone down, but our practices are formulated through science and research to accomplish a perfect dance where nature thrives and so do the animals.
According to Healthline Nutrition:
“You are what you eat” applies to cows, too.
What a cow eats can significantly affect the nutrient composition of its beef. This is particularly evident when it comes to fatty acid composition.
Grass-fed beef usually contains less total fat than grain-fed beef, which means that gram for gram, grass-fed beef contains fewer calories (2Trusted Source).
However, the composition of fatty acids is also different:
- Monounsaturated fat. Grass-fed beef contains much less monounsaturated fat than grain-fed beef (2Trusted Source).
- Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats. Grass- and grain-fed beef contain very similar amounts of omega-6 fatty acids.
- Omega-3s. This is where grass-fed makes a major difference, containing up to five times as much omega-3 (3Trusted Source).
- Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Grass-fed beef contains about twice as much CLA as grain-fed beef. This fatty acid is associated with a few health benefits (4Trusted Source, 5Trusted Source).
In short, there are some significant differences in the composition and amount of fat in grass- and grain-fed beef.
Moreover, the breed and cut of meat considerably affect the fat composition of beef (2Trusted Source).
Grass-fed beef may contain less total fat than grain-fed beef, but a lot more omega-3 fatty acids and CLA, which are both linked to health benefits.
I hope I answered the majority of your questions here and we appreciate your business more than you know.
How Much Do They Cost?
What you are buying right now is the initial reservation and processing cost that we have already paid to the butcher. Please remember there will be an additional charge when your meat is ready. Read the directions carefully.
(1/2) Half: $4.15/lb Hanging Weight
+ Processing Fee ($0.94/lbs (as of July 1, 2022))
(1/4) Quarter: $4.25/lb Hanging Weight
+ Processing Fee ($0.94/lbs (as of July 1, 2022))
We will contact you when your meat is ready to pick up and depending on your selections for processing they will have a "PROCESSING ONLY" bill for you when it is ready.
When Do I Get It?
Current Butcher Dates:
You will be notified in 2-4 weeks after the butcher date that your meat is ready.
Here is how you order:
Step 1: Select either a 1/4 or 1/2 with the month you'd prefer to reserve your animal. (First come first serve)
Step 2: Pay a reservation fee that covers the initial cost of slaughter at the butcher
Step 3: After your reservation is set you will be sent to the "cut selection" page and you will be sent an email. Fill out the form.
Step 4: Nordik will let us know what the weight is of your beef and we will send a separate invoice for the hanging weight.
Step 5: We will contact you when your meat is ready to pick up and depending on your selections for processing, Nordik Meats will have a "PROCESSING ONLY" bill for you when it is ready.
Step 6: Once everyone is paid, you will go home with some of the best grass fed beef you can find and I'd recommend cooking your favorite cut that night! (Or making the best burgers ever - Taylors personal go to)
How Much Meat Do I Get?
Everything below is based on a FULL BEEF, so make sure to take into account if you are getting 1/4 or 1/2.
Average Beef Live Weight: 900 lbs. to 1,200 lbs
Beef Hanging Weight: 600 lbs to 750lbs.
Beef End Cuts (This varies with you choices): 350 lbs to 400lbs