The beef we sell are born and raised on our farm. They drink from the same springs my grandfather used to collect water from and have woods to walk through, pastures to graze on, and hollows to explore. We have 63 acres devoted to our cattle broken up into 10 paddocks.
BQA Certified - Six Gen Farms is Beef Quality Assurance certified to ensure we are providing quality beef to consumers.
Grass Fed, Grain Finished - Our cows have access to grass their entire lives. A few months before they are scheduled for the processor, we give them an increasing amount of feed each day as their body adjusts to it. The cows love the feed and run to the troughs when they see us coming with it. The feed helps the cows create the marbling that everyone loves in their steaks and roasts. This process takes longer than beef from a feedlot that you buy in a grocery store but creates a great life for our cows.
No Medicated Feeds - Giving beef cattle daily antibiotics is unfortunately a normal, everyday practice in the beef industry to produce larger, healthier, and faster growing calves. Previous to 2017, antibiotic/medicated feeds were given regularly to beef cattle to help them grow and stay healthy whether they were sick or not. In 2017 the USDA initiated the Veterinary Feed Directive which required a veterinarian prescription for certain medications to go into feeds. This is not a problem for feedlots where the vast majority of grocery store beef comes from because they have veterinarians on staff for the prescriptions and still use medicated feeds. Smaller farmers are also easily able to get medicated feeds through antibiotics that are not regulated through the Veterinary Feed Directive. Many farmers feel that since these antibiotic feeds are not regulated they are not giving medication. Check with your local co-op and you will find that 3 out of 4 bulk feeds they offer are medicated. We feel that it is wrong to give antibiotics to an animal that is not sick. We also do not sell beef that has had any antibiotics. If any of our beef calves require antibiotics they are sold at the stockyard.
Implants, Steroids, Hormones, and Antibiotics - We do not utilize implants, steroids, hormones or antibiotics in the cattle that we sell as beef. This is not the normal practice in the beef industry and is more expensive and time consuming, but it is the right way to do things for the cattle and the consumer.
Rotational Grazing - We utilize rotational grazing in which the cattle herd is given a paddock of land to graze for a certain period of time. After the herd eats approximately half of the available forage they are moved to another paddock and the paddock they left is not utilized until the grass has grown back. This helps the environment by spreading out manure to fertilize the land and it allows the cows to get a fresh, new salad bar on every move. The cows have learned when it is time to move and will stand at the gate and bellow until we come and open the gate. The cows then each run to their favorite section of the new pasture with their calves following behind.