Buggy Ridge Farms

100% Grassfed pasture raised beef

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Connie is one of our best Belted Galloway cows and the basis for much of our future herd.

100% Grassfed - Buggy Ridge Farms is a small-scale family farming operation located in central lower Michigan. Our cows are 100% grassfed Angus/Belted Galloway with the majority of our cows being purebred Belted Galloway. All of our cattle live on pasture and are 100% grassfed.

We chose the Belted Galloway breed for our cows for several reasons. They are well suited to the Michigan climate with harsh winters and they have superior meat flavor and quality. They are also considered a very rare breed. Buying beef from us helps to maintain a registered herd of Heritage breed cattle into the future.

Belted Galloways are an ancient breed of cattle that originated in the rugged hill country of southwestern Scotland. They are related to the Angus which was developed in northeastern Scotland. While the Angus was selected for rapid growth on better feed, the Galloway was selected for its ability to thrive on poor forage in a cold and wet climate. They were first imported to the states in the 1850s. They are still rare in North America, and worldwide only number about 10,000. Their popularity is now increasing with the renewed interest in grassfed beef.

The Galloway, unrivaled as a grazing breed, have the ability to produce a very high quality beef product directly from grass. Due to the breed’s naturally dense, insulating coat the Galloway does not layer on excessive outside fat. Results of a multi-breed research project conducted by a Canadian Government Experiment Station, reveal that the Galloway ranks second only to the Buffalo in hair density tests. The robust, hardy nature of the Galloway is especially suited for northern harsh climates. The claim that Galloway beef is juicy, tender, and flavorful is substantiated in recent USDA tests of Galloway crossbreds, when compared with eleven other breeds. Results of the Cycle IV Germ Plasm Evaluation (GPE) Program at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), Clay Center, Nebraska, showed the Galloway crosses placing at the top of the chart for flavor, juiciness and tenderness.

The CLA Advantage
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring free fatty acid found mainly in meat and dairy products in small amounts. CLA was discovered by accident in 1978 by Michael W. Pariza at the University of Wisconsin while looking for mutagen formations in meat during cooking. The most abundant source of natural CLA is the meat and dairy products of grass-fed animals. Research conducted since 1999 shows that grazing animals have from 3-5 times more CLA than animals fattened on grain in a feedlot. Simply switching from grain-fed to grassfed products can greatly increase your intake of CLA. (Dhiman, T. R., G. R. Anand, et al. (1999). “Conjugated linoleic acid content of milk from cows fed different diets.” J Dairy Sci 82(10): 2146-56.)

Omega 3’s
Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid for human growth and development. We must have it to be healthy. Grassfed beef is an excellent source for this essential nutrient. The source of Omega 3 is the green leaves of plants. When cattle eat their natural diet, beef becomes a great source of Omega 3. Grain is not a rich source of Omega 3, so standard, cattle-finishing practices cause the Omega 3 level to decrease dramatically.

We are not breeding massive commercial cattle but stocky cattle with short legs and good muscling. A typical 1000 pound steer normally produces about 550 pounds of hanging weight.* We process our beef typically from 900 to 1000 pounds. These smaller cattle make for smaller portions that are well suited for the health conscious consumer. They also do not take up as much freezer space.

Building our customer base and retaining repeat customers is our priority. We feel that once you have tried our beef, you will settle for nothing less and continue to buy from us. Read some of our recent feedback from happy customers at the bottom of this page.

For more information on the advantages of grassfed pasture raised beef, click on these articles from the Mother Earth News: Healthy Grass-fed Beef and Why Grass Fed is Best and the latest article

The Amazing Benefits of Grass-fed Meat

 

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Call or email for current price. A $200 deposit is required to hold a whole beef

Add about $0.45 pound for cutting and vacuum wrapping from the processor

Click here for Beef cut spreadsheet

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We also sell ground beef. Call or email for current pricing and availability.

You won't find better or more healthy ground beef at any price!

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- All our beef is dry aged -

Dry Aging

Dry aging is a process of letting the beef hang in a cooler for a specified period of time. Beef that is dry aged has a more "beefy" taste that most people find more appealing. Click on the link below for more information on dry aging. Our Belted Galloways are dry aged for the best flavor possible. Dry aging is rare these days as most commercial grocery store beef is rushed to the consumer and wet ages in the package it is sold in.

Click here for more info: Dry Aging

Please e-mail for additional info

 

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This is the forage found in all of our pastures. Our forages are a combination of 4 cool season grasses including smooth brome, timothy, orchardgrass and ryegrass; 3 types of clover including medium red, alsike and ladino; and birdsfoot trefoil and alfalfa. This photo was taken in October after months of drought.

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We also feed free choice dry hay at all times to balance out the feed ration. This is 3rd cutting hay that is a combination of various grasses, clovers and alfalfa. I seek out the very best hay in the area that I buy form one or two local small farmers. The cattle and goats eat this stuff like candy. We feed no by-products, hormones, grain or cornstalks. Beef fed this way is full of vitamins and protein. Data shows that grassfed beef has less cholesterol than lean chicken and just the right Omega 3 to 6 ratio.

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Our contented cattle raised on pasture produce the highest quality beef. Notice how clean our cattle stay. Our goat herd grazes with our cattle and eat any weeds that pop up. Our goats are primarily from New Zealand and are the Kiko breed. Even though we have had months of drought, our pastures stay green with our intensive rotational grazing system that increases levels of soil organic matter that retains more soil moisture.

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We have bred our best Belted Galloway cows to an Angus bull in the past and currently a Shorthorn bull for 3-way crosses. The results from our crossbreeding program have been very promising with our latest calves showing outstanding health and vigor. Rate of gain and growth has been remarkable in just a few months. Full belts are common in purebred Belted Galloways although some are not always perfect.There are mismarks. Crossbreds from our Angus bull usually have partial belts. Some have had full belts and some just minor white markings.

 

Customer Feedback

We send out a feedback form after a sale asking for customers to rate our quality and service. We use a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being the highest score.

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How would you rate your communication with me prior to the sale? 5 excellent communication! Could not ask for better!

How satisfied were you with the quality of service from the processor? 5 They were very easy to work with and their facility was very nice.

Did the quantity of your meat and packaging meet your expectations? 5. We really like how the ground is put into tubes and the other meat is packaged in clear so we can see exactly what it is.

Was your beef as tender is you like? 5 Perfectly tender

How would you rate the flavor of your beef? 5. The ground is so flavorful we have not put any type of seasoning on it. Usually we flavor our burger with salt and pepper and have not had to do that!

How close was the final estimated price of approximately $4.50/pound for the amount of meat you received? Our price was considerably lower than the estimated price and we were very happy with that. The higher quoted price helped us set aside enough money to cover it all.

Please write any additional comments below: We are very pleased with your service and also Jones Service. I will definitely be in touch with you for next year and you can count on us as a repeat customer. We will also recommend you to our friends that are looking for a grass fed beef. Your beef far exceeds the one we received from OH farmer last year!!

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How would you rate your communication with me prior to the sale?

5 – knew exactly what the situation was at all times.

How satisfied were you with the quality of service from the processor?

5 – everything was packaged as requested, easy pickup when finished.

Did the quantity of your meat and packaging meet your expectations?

5 – yes. No surprises.

Was your beef as tender is you like?

5 – the first steaks we had melted in our mouths.

How would you rate the flavor of your beef?

5 – as expected.

How close was the final estimated price of approximately $4.50/pound for the amount of meat you received?

5 – I didn’t figure it precisely, but it was right about there.

Please write any additional comments below:

Great beef. The transaction was smooth and we will certainly purchase again.

 

* hanging weight is the weight after the animal is processed and aged and ready to cut up. Expect up to 10-15% loss from this weight due to the removal of bones and any excess fat as well as some shrinkage by the curing process.