100% Grass-Fed & Grass-Finished VT Beef
Maple Wind Farm beef is produced entirely on grass making it one of the healthiest sources of beef you can buy. We raise Angus-Devon cattle—a cross-breed that is proven to do well on a grass-only diet. For the best flavored meat, we process our animals during June-October when the nutritional value of the grass is highest.
To promote fertile soils and reduce erosion, we utilize a management-intensive grazing system. Our cows are moved daily onto fresh pasture. Cows are not returned to that same pasture again until the grass has had time to fully regenerate. They are prevented from grazing on wetlands or near water sources to reduce potential for pollution.
Antibiotic & Artificial Hormone Free
The only feed supplements that our cows receive are all-natural Fertrell free-choice minerals to increase fertility and general health. There are no added grains, antibiotics or artificial hormones used in the production of our beef.
Higher in Nutrition
Beef produced using only grass contains higher levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs) than conventional grain fed beef. Omega-3s and CLAs have been linked to reduced risk of heart disease, some cancers and adult onset diabetes.
Maple Wind Farm beef is dry-aged for 14-21 days before packaging to ensure maximum tenderness. We sell locally, whereas, the average conventionally-produced steak travels 1000 miles before reaching your table.
Maple Wind Farm beef is processed locally at a USDA-inspected facility. We offer fresh and frozen beef depending on butcher availability. We sell both direct and wholesale. Customers can buy our beef by the cut at our farm in Huntington by appointment, or at the Richmond summer and Burlington summer and winter farmers' markets, as 20 and 40 lb. farmer-selected mix cut packages, or as custom-cut half and whole animals. You can also find our beef on the menus of various area restaurants and in area food markets and coops.
What’s the Difference Between Maple Wind Farm Beef & Conventional Beef?
Maple Wind Farm Beef
|No vaccinations||Vaccinations (immuno-depressant)|
|Late spring calving||Winter calving — stress|
|No antibiotics or growth hormones||Daily doses of antibiotics & hormones|
|Compost and natural soil amendments||Chemical fertilizers|
|Complete prevention of access to wetlands||Generally unlimited access to ponds and streams
— fecal contamination
|Forest fenced out — biodiversity encouraged||Inappropriate grazing areas, forest and steep hillsides|
|Forage feeding — permanent ground cover; no chemicals or tillage||Grain feeding — expensive, erosive ecologically unsound|
|Forage feeding — permanent ground cover; no chemicals or tillage||Grain fattened — fat inside muscle (marbling) and high saturated fat|
|Local transportation — produced, processed and sold locally||Long distance transport — 1000 miles for average steak in the U.S.|