100% Grass Fed Beef
Belted Galloway cattle originated in the rugged hill country of Scotland. Over the years, the Galloway breed came to be celebrated for their efficiency on rough forage, maternal ability and high quality beef. They are well adapted to cold, rugged climates. They are one of the few breeds of cattle that grow a shaggy hair coat in the winter. In the summer they shed this coat and tolerate warm climates better than do most other cold adapted cattle. This makes them well suited to life in Canadian climate. Due to their striking appearance, the Belted Galloways have been nicknamed "Belties" and have also been called "Oreo Cookie Cows".
At Greener Pastures, from Spring until Fall, we practice intensive rotational grazing. This involves giving the cattle access to only a small portion of pasture for maximum 3 days at a time. After this, they are moved to the next section of pasture. In this way, the cows are able to fully graze the smaller sections as well as act as natural manure spreaders in the process.
In winter, the cattle remain out on pasture and we practice bale grazing. This allows us to mimic the natural process that takes place in the warmer seasons. We spread out hay in strips along the pasture to again allow the cattle to fully graze and fertilize the land evenly, despite the cold temperatures and snow.
Being 100% grass fed means our cows are never fed corn or grain, not even for “finishing” them before processing. In addition to the pasture, we do provide a free choice mineral buffet for the cattle which includes natural trace mineral salt, diatomaceous earth, kelp meal, and a bovine mineral.
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