Kirkhaven Farm Dexter Beef

How it's raised, how it's processed, and what it costs . . .

A special kind of beef:

Kirkhaven Farm Dexter steers are special animals. They are thrifty, hardy, calm, and easy to handle. Because of their size and their unique browsing habits, they can be raised in ways that are environmentally friendly and environmentally beneficial. And since we can raise such wholesome food in such a sustainable manner, our steers are highly prized. We are grateful for every steer born at Kirkhaven Farm. They produce the best beef we have ever eaten! 

How our beef steers are raised:

Kirkhaven Farm Dexter steers live a special life. They stay with their mothers in the breeding herd until weaning (7-9 months of age). Then they are moved to the steer pasture where they drink water from spring-fed creeks, graze on lush grasses, browse on the hillsides for blackberries, and wander onto wooded trails to nap in the shade. They are also fed a small supplementary ration of all-natural pelleted grain each day as we check each animal to monitor their overall health. Their lives are peaceful ones, enjoying the bounty of this rich farmstead with their contented herd mates.

How our beef is processed:

Our steers are processed at about 24 months of age. Their average hanging weight is 406 lbs and they produce an average packaged-beef weight of 264 lbs. All processing is done at a USDA facility where the beef is inspected, custom aged, custom cut to each client's specifications, vacuum packaged , and labeled with each package's weight and cut type. The beef is beautifully marbled with appropriate fat cover, and the right aging adds complexity and depth to its rich flavor. The tenderness is superb!

How much it costs and how much beef you can expect to receive:

We sell our steers as a farm-to-client product: whole or half portions are available. Although every steer is unique, and each client's cutting choices vary, on average, here is what to expect from one whole or one side (1/2 a carcass) of  Kirkhaven Farm Dexter beef.

 

One whole (2 sides) approximate yield:

  • average hanging weight: 406 lbs

  • cost per-pound hanging weight: $5.60

  • average packaged weight:  264 lbs

  • this is about 6 boxes of frozen packages (each box is 13" x 21" x 7")

  • you can fit it into 14 cubic feet of freezer space

One half (1 side) approximate yield:

  • average hanging weight: 203 lbs

  • cost per-pound hanging weight: $5.60

  • average packaged weight: 132 lbs

  • this is about 3 boxes of frozen packages (each box is 13" x 21" x 7")

  • you can fit it into 7 cubic feet of freezer space

Wholesome, old-fashioned food:

With Kirkhaven Farm Dexter Beef, you know what you are eating. Hormone free. Antibiotic free. No growth enhancers. Our specialty beef is from historic, purebred Dexter genetics, hand-raised with compassion and care.

 

If you are a beef connoisseur that values quality, tenderness, and taste . . .

If you care about environmentally-friendly farming practices . . .

If you want to eat fresh, compassionately raised food . . . 

 

Then Kirkhaven Farm Dexter Beef is your kind of beef!

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