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 an 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
fresh pasture in the summer and baled hay and 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
150 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 that 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.
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 privileged to produce this product. We hope you enjoy it.
Why do we raise "Certified Organic" beef?
There continues to be a growing interest in the U.S. in the safety of our food
products. As more health problems are linked to the use of practices of the food
industry that place the quality of food products in jeopardy, customers have
begun to seek products that assure healthy food production and the avoidance of
harmful production practices. In 2003, the USDA formalized this process with
published national standards for organic beef production. These standards assure
that the animals are raised humanely and in an environment that is free of
agrichemicals, pesticides, antibiotics and hormones. They also require
documentation of the life history of the animal from birth to slaughter.
These practices should provide the safest, healthiest beef product for the consumer.
To produce our certified organic beef there are several important steps:
Our certified organic beef carries our Beltie Beef brand label.
Why do we also raise "Natural" beef?
National Certified Organic Beef standards assure that the animals are raised
humanely and in an environment that is free of agrichemicals, pesticides,
antibiotics and hormones. They also require documentation of the life history
of the animal from birth to slaughter.
The humane treatment of animals requires that injury or illness be treated to
relieve the animal of pain and suffering and restore it to health. While we
feel this treatment is appropriate and we wouldn't want to raise animals any
other way, it does exclude a number of our animals each year from our
Certified Organic brand, Beltie Beef.
Caldwell Farms sells the meat from these animals as "Natural" beef.
These animals are otherwise raised by organic standards and fed organic feed,
but the chance administration of therapeutic antibiotics, even for a brief
interval, usually early in their life, eliminates them as certified organic
Our "natural" beef carries our Caldwell Farms label.
Please contact Lorna or Michael Caldwell at (715) 457-6765 or toll-free
at (877) 846-5721 for availability of beef and breeding stock or with
any questions you may have concerning our operation. Our current email
address is: firstname.lastname@example.org