Cave Springs Farm currently has a herd of Red Poll and Red Poll cross cows. Red Polls are an older, dual-purpose breed of cattle, meaning they produce a calf for meat while serving as the family milk cow.
A select number of weaned calves are not sold, but kept and finished as grass fed beef on the farm's pasture rotation system. Rotating pastures give the grass sward a chance to recover while maintaining vegetative cover to prevent erosion. Grass fed beef is leaner and higher in Omega 3 fatty acids (good fat).
A 1,000 lb steer will typically produce about 450 lbs of meat. A side of beef, 225 lbs; Half side (quarter beef), 110 lbs. Cave Springs Farm can work with customers to provide multiple family orders to reduce the amount per order as needed.
While amounts will vary from animal to animals, typical cuts from a whole beef are as follows: