Well Done Beef (WEDOBECO)
Our beef cattle are on pasture their entire time at Well Done Beef. They feed on grass during the growing season and eat hay that we raise here on the farm during the winter months. While we do feed grain to our cattle, grass and pasture still make up ~80% of their diets. We source our corn locally from a neighbor. We add supplement to the corn to give the animals the vitamins and minerals they need to be healthy. The supplements are also hormone and antibiotic free. Corn provides the energy in the diet and is what causes the beef to "marble" and allows us to reach prime beef status. This makes the steaks juicy and tender, melts in your mouth!
We get asked, but are not certified as organic beef. We raise our own alfalfa and grass hay for the cows and do use fertilizer on the hay ground to maximize the yield potential. We do not use any harsh chemicals or sprays though on our hay or pasture fields.
Traditionally we would sell our beef word of mouth as a half or quarter (split side) of beef. Our customers really rave about the marbling and flavor of the beef, and many times tell friends to spread the word! In its inaugural year we joined the Hoosier Harvest Market (hoosierharvestmarket.com) that incubated here at our local Purdue Extension office in Hancock County, Indiana. Essentially the HHM is like an on-line farmers market where customers place their orders and then product is delivered once a week. We have been able to reach a larger audience and it is exciting to see all of the new customers buying from us every week! Through this process we have also started selling locally grown retail beef directly from the farm.
We have all of our beef processed a state inspected processing facility and they do a wonderful job working with our customers. They also do a great job with our "value added" products we sell through HHM and from the farm - customers love the beef jerky and the summer sausage! They do not use any of additives that make these products "shelf stable", therefore we recommend refrigerating the jerky and summer sausage. Not typically a problem, as it tends to disappear pretty quickly!
~~~Pasture Raised, Grain Finished~~~