About Our Certified Organic Beef Farm
Belted Galloways "Belties" are a beautiful heirloom breed from Scotland. We chose this
efficient beef breed for several reasons. They are great foragers and are the perfect
breed for grass-fed beef production. Central Wisconsin winters are cold. Most cattle
breeds adapt to winter by adding a thick layer of body fat for insulation. Belties grow an
additional hair coat in winter getting to 4,000 hairs per square inch. This coat provides
such efficient insulation to keep body heat in that the snows of Wisconsin will not even
melt on their back. Thus the animal is comfortable in the cold, and does not lay down
the excessive back fat found in some other breeds and therefore provides and increase
in beef yield.
Grass-fed diet - Grass-fed beef tastes different from feedlot beef because the cattle
are raised on a different diet. Our grass-fed cattle are on a diet of haylage in the
winter. Our haylage consists of alfalfa, clovers and grasses which we harvest in the
summer and preserve in our silos for winter feeding. When you drive past our farm
you will see over 200 belties living on grassland that has been free of agrichemicals
for three years or more. This is one of the requirements to be a certified organic farm.
About Our Beef Products
Our Belted Galloway grass-fed beef is flavorful and lean, yet moist and well-marbled.
Because grass-fed beef is leaner than grain-fed, it needs about 30 percent less cooking
time than most common beef. Grass-fed steaks are best if cooked medium-rare to medium.
If the Meat Thermometer (in thickest part of steak) registers 135 degrees F, it means
the meat is still rare. You want a temperature between 145 and 155 degrees F for medium-rare
to medium. Anything above that will cause your steak to lose moisture and tenderness. Visit our beltiebeef.com website for product information
Our goal - combine the right animal, our God-given talents and a healthful environment
to produce the best grass-fed beef possible for our customers.
We feel priviledged to produce this product.
We hope you enjoy it.