Cattle are much healthier when living and feeding on pasture. Steers on pasture have better feet and legs and less lameness than cattle that live on cement, along with a daily diet of primarily grain. They tend to live longer, and there is less calf-hood mortality. The animals are generally cleaner, because they are not paying in areas where manure becomes concentrated in confinement buildings or feedlots.
Consumers who make grass fed beef a part of their diet, benefit from the animals' diet as well. Grass fed beef is lower in total fat than conventional beef, and is higher in "healthy fats". "Healthy fats" include Omega 3, which are thought to help improve and maintain brain function. They also support heart function and help the human body absorb nutrients. Grass fed beef contains more vitamin B12; vitamin E; and vitamin A than conventional fed beef.
Grass based production is also much better for our environment than conventional. Pastures act as a carbon sink, meaning that they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and concentrate it in plant tissues. This is especially important in an era where we are very concerned about greenhouse gases. Grass prevents erosion, with it's strong root systems, holds the soil in place. The plants absorb and hold the rain water, unlike cement-like surfaces, which encourage rain water run-off. Since the animals fertilize the pastures with their manure, 75% of the plant nutrients remain in place, keeping the soil healthy and keeping us from having to use artificial fertilizers.
Yes it does. However, most people agree that the taste of grass fed meat is superb and much more flavorful than conventional beef. Many describe our beef as more "full bodied" in flavor.
Just like anything else, when you buy food, you get what you pay for. Grass fed production requires land area and a longer period of time, much longer than conventional practices, which result in the quality product you will get with grass fed beef.
1/4 Grass Fed Steer: 4 cubic feet freezer
1/2 Grass Fed Steer: 8 - 10 cubic feet freezer
Whole Grass Fed Steer: 16 - 20 cubic feet freezer
On our "Shop" page, you will see options to purchase either 1/4; 1/2; or a whole grass fed steer. Please select your preferred option to place your deposit to reserve your bulk purchase.
You will see the processing date listed in the description. The processing date is the date the processor will be at Wholesome Food Farm. He will return to his place of business, where the animal will dry age for approximately 14 days. You will submit your cut sheet to the processor within 7 days from the date the animal is processed at Wholesome Food Farm, so that he can complete your order to your specifications. You will be notified by the processor to pick-up your order, at which time, you will pay for the total processing fees.
You will be responsible for the remainder of your Wholesome Food Farm invoice, prior to pick up from Mountain Main Mobile Processing.
You will be charged for the hanging weight, which is about 60% of the live weight. Costs are as follows:
1/4 grass fed steer = $4.50 lb
1/2 grass fed steer = $4.25 lb
whole grass fed steer = $4.00 lb
Please note processor fees are additional, and can be found at
LIVE WEIGHT: The weight of an animal before it has been slaughtered and prepared as a carcass.
HANGING WEIGHT: This is the weight that the butcher gives us after the animal has been taken back to the butcher shop to hang. The weight difference from live to hanging is from loss of blood, head, hide, hooves, viscera, lungs and heart. The hanging weight is usually about 60% of the live weight.
TAKE-HOME WEIGHT: The weight is lost in 2 ways. About 4% is water weight lost during the 10-14 day period that the carcass is hung (or “cured”). Then about another 30-35% is lost during the cutting process. This amount is variable based on 2 factors – one is the amount of fat in the meat, and the other is the cuts that a customer requests. Higher fat means more loss. (Our grass-fed beef animals tend to be lower fat, so the loss tends to be closer to 35%.) Also , the more boneless cuts requested by the customer, the lower the final weight. (Note that the lower weight doesn’t mean that you are receiving less meat – rather, you are receiving fewer bones).
You are able to choose your own cuts of beef. You will need to complete and submit a "cut sheet", which can be downloaded below. Please note that your cut sheet must be submitted within 7 days from the date the animal is processed here on the farm.
When your order is completely processed by Mountain Man Mobile Processing, you will receive a call to pick up your order at his facility located in Reinholds, PA.
Our next processing dates will be November 16 & November 23, 2023. Thanks for a great 2022!
The Moseley Family