Not only is our beef Grass-fed, its Grass-finished. Why do we emphasize this? We feel very strongly that finishing beef on grass is the most important step to creating healthy, wholesome and great tasting beef, and that cutting corners on this step would diminish the health benefits and/or the tenderness and eating experience.
Rotational grazing is very, very, very important to get a good finish on truly grass finished cattle, so our cattle get moved to a fresh “salad bar” nearly every day. These daily moves let the plants rest, and then re-grow for at least a month before they are once again re-grazed, improving our soils. Diversity of grass and legume species is also very important, both for the animals and for improving the soil. We work to extend our grazing season as much as possible, by stockpiling pasture and by growing “cover crops” which the cattle can graze at the times when regular pastures are in short supply, either because of drought or the end of the growing season has arrived. Winter feeding is done with high quality diverse forages, and once again, NO grain, and no GMO’s.
We have a quality mineral program from a GMO free supplier, which helps to keep our animals healthy and this combined with healthy forages prevents the need for antibiotic treatments. We do NOT administer hormone implants to any of our cattle - We feel they are unnecessary and our customers (and us) don’t want artificial hormones, making it an easy decision to stay away from implants. The daily moving of our cattle to fresh pastures helps to keep the cattle calm and quiet, which is definitely important to be able to sort and load cattle for the trip to the abattoir with a minimum of stress to the cattle.
Our Cow Share program is designed to guarantee you have a freezer order of beef with us every year for the length of this 5 year investment opportunity (renewable at the end of the 5 years) without having to worry about getting your order in first! It is also designed to help us, your farmers, to know that we have a market for the beef we are producing and a predictable cash flow.
You are investing into a farm that is healing the land and environment in your local community, creating a local economy that supports other local businesses, and rewards you for years to come with healthy nutritious food for your family! This really can be a win-win situation for us all! It shows your neighbours, friends and family that you are serious about not only protecting but improving the environment, and providing safe healthy food for your family. By removing yourself (at least partially) from the industrial food system, it also means that you are no longer supporting the very industry that you may have previously been trying to stop!
This exciting opportunity for you to make an environmentally friendly investment in your community and in your family’s food supply will be re-paid to you in Grass finished beef (a discount on your beef purchase) over the next 5 years! We’ve finished paying back customers who signed up for the initial shares in this program 5 years ago so it’s a good time for us to offer this again. If you are happy with your beef and want to keep purchasing some every year, by investing in this Cow Share program you will not have to worry about getting your order in first!
Some families have even purchased more than one Cow Share! The Cow Share means that you have the right to reserve a split half of beef (mixed ¼) for each Cow Share you invest in, or if you don’t want to receive that much beef, you can choose to have your bigger discount/repayment applied on your split half. (For example, if you buy 2 beef Cow Shares, your repayment would be $220 off of your beef each year, instead of the $110 off with a single Cow Share).Further details are below.
You know the source of your beef! We raise our beef as a 100% grass-finished product so that you receive the healthiest beef possible. (For more info on the health benefits of grass-fed meats visit www.eatwild.com) No grain, GMO’s, hormones or antibiotics are given to our cattle. As a Cow Share member you are first in line to reserve Dalew Farms beef, and you get a 10% bonus on your investment each year when we re-pay you the $110 in beef!
Many locavores tend to stress themselves out trying to source their local meats and remembering to order in advance every season for the upcoming year. We help to take the stress out of that because you don’t have to remember to order each year. We will simply contact you to remind you about your order and ask for cutting instructions and payments when they are due!
We get peace of mind with a predictable income to help us pay for expenses related to raising your beef. We can borrow less money from the bank. And once again; we also know we have a home for the beef we are raising.
To summarize, your Cow Share investment will reserve a split half (1/4) of beef for you for 5 years. Each year, $110.00 will be subtracted from your final beef bill. The value of a Split Half is currently approximately $700 to $950 depending on the size of the animal. Your initial Cow Share investment and deposit(a deposit will still be requested in the spring as in the past and is also subtracted from the total cost) helps to break down the cost so you don’t have to pay the full amount all at once when you receive your freezer order!
As usual, if you have any questions please feel free to email us!We look forward to being able to produce healthy & wholesome Grass-finished beef for you and your family for years to come!