The Hereford has long been the icon of the cattle industry. Their breeding is seeped in tradition and has steadfast supporters.
Large framed, red bodies with their trademark white faces, Herefords populate cattle pastures the whole world over.
One would be hard pressed to find a more resilient and overall outstanding breed of beef cattle, which has so thoroughly conquered the beef business.
Of British origin, the Hereford evolved from the native red cattle of western England. These early animals were much larger than their easier fleshing, modern counterparts. Always a hardy breed they were able to efficiently convert grazing into body mass making them exceedingly popular in their region and attractive to all cattlemen.
In 1817, Henry Clay imported the first three Herefords to the United States. While they initially drew attention, the Herefords were quickly absorbed into the general cattle population. It was in 1840 that William Sotham and Erastus Corning brought them back into the public eye by active breeding and marketing within the New England states.
Our beef cattle are 100% grass-fed on certified organic pastures and hay. We never feed them grain, corn or soy. No GMO anything ! No hormones, antibiotics, or anything artificial.
We raise Angus, Hereford and Longhorn that have been 100% grass-fed since they were weaned and until they are finished (shipped to market).
Organic meat can be produced without regard to what is “right” for the animal or the environment. Some organic beef and pork are not given access to pasture, are fed primarily corn and soy products and do not contribute to a sustainable environment.
At Ridge, our cattle are rotationally grazed over 200 acres of fresh organic pastures consisting of a variety of grasses, clovers, and alfalfa, which are what nature intended for them to eat. The cattle mob-graze the tops of the plants allowing the plants to re-grow quickly and healthy. They leave behind healthy plants, naturally fertilized. We rotate the cattle twice a week onto fresh pasture.
Our cattle are never confined. In the winter, they have a wind block and a very dense bedding pack that keeps them warm even on the coldest nights. They are very happy cattle. You be the judge !
Our beef is extremely lean, healthy and delicious.