Four Generations Growing Food for God's Glory in Palmer, Alaska
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Fat or "Finished"?
"Finished" is a trade word in the cattle industry for animals that have hit their peak weight without excessive body fat. This three year old barren heifer has a lot of the beef frame we are breeding for but couldn't give us any calves. She has been on the same feed as the rest of the herd- hay, grass pasture, and cull carrots. I'm guessing the marbling will be great on this carcass but would need an ultrasound to know for sure how much body fat there will be. She probably weighs 1400 pounds.
Grass "finished" beef happens naturally with the Galloway breed. It only happens in most of the exotic breeds with antibiotics, hormones and high octane feeds that are forced. That's the source of most of the commercial meats in the stores.
The driveway to the farm is almost hidden so we solved that problem by planting a 24 foot carrot at the entrance. You can learn more about Wolverine Farm at www.wolverinefarm.com
Three Generations- 1987
Four Generations- 1999
The Ralph and Maxine progeny have evolved into a family with international roots that include Korea, Scotland, and India. In like fashion, the products of Wolverine Farm have expanded from potatoes and dairy to carrots, beef, eggs, berries and a broad spectrum of products. It has morphed from a sole proprietorship to an umbrella that covers a variety of businesses that market directly, through farmer's markets, and through commercial outlets.