The old Scottish breeds of Galloway and Highland form the backbone of the breeding cow herd and are valued for their easy-keeping natures and winter -proof coat qualities. Galloway Shorthorn beef crosses produced by this farm are born of this exclusive grass-based cow herd . All calves are of minimum 50% Shorthorn breeding as a consequence of using purebred Shorthorn bulls. Shorthorn crosses mature within 24 -30 months of age and with higher degree of fat marbling.
The cow herd consumes local meadow hay round bales over winter and transitions to grass/legume pasture for the calving season. Calves are born outside on grass beginning in May and stay with mothers until late fall when they are weaned and started on hay.
Finishing one- to two- year old cattle are wintered on a combination of grass hay and forage annual silage harvested in green-leaf stage while seed heads are still immature. They graze grass/legume pasture exclusively for at least 3 months prior to harvesting for beef. No grain, soy or corn silage is fed.