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We consider ourselves first and foremost, Farmers.

Our Pastures

It all starts with the pastures.  Our pastures are Certified Organic, consisting of fescue, clover and native grasses.  No herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers reach our pastures.  All products used on our pastures are OMRI (Organic Material Research Institute) listed and certified.

Our Cows

Our Cows forage on our organic pastures, their native diets. They are not fed grain, soy and other supplements nor treated with hormones or growth- promoting additives commonly found at commercial feed lots.   Animals raised in factory farms are given diets designed to boost their productivity and lower costs.  The main ingredients at these feed lots are genetically modified grain and soy. To further cut costs, the feed may also contain “by-product feedstuff” such as municipal garbage, stale pastry, chicken feathers and candy.   Our cows feed and grow on our organic pastures as nature intended.

Finished product: Salem Hills Farm carries the following regulated certifications.

  • 100% Grass Fed
  • No added hormones or antibiotics
  • No animal byproducts
  • BQA (Beef Quality Assured)
  • Black Angus certified

Nutrition

We are what we eat. A major benefit of 100% Grass Fed Beef is less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and calories.  It is richer in antioxidants; including vitamins E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C and a number of health promoting fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid or CLA.   100% Grass Fed beef does not contain traces of added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs.

Read more about the nutritional benefits

Humane Treatment and Environmental Degradation

Ruminants are designed to eat fibrous grasses, plants and shrubs.  When they are switched from pasture to grain, they can become afflicted with a number of disorders, including a painful condition called “subacute acidosis.”  To prevent more serious and sometimes fatal reactions, the animals are given chemical additives along with a constant, dose of antibiotics.  Feedlots also deposit large amounts of manure in a small amount of space resulting in ground and water pollution.

When you choose to eat meat, eggs and dairy products from animals raised on pastures, you are improving the welfare of the animals, helping to put an end to environmental degradations and helping small ranchers and farmers make a living from the land.

Read more about the environmental differences between factory farming and grass fed productions