Spring Hill Farms

  (Newark, Ohio)
Heritage Breed Pastured Pork, Chickens, Grass Fed Beef
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USDA - Beef is Tender But What Else?

Picture The USDA has announced it's new 'tenderness' program designed to help consumers choose a good piece of beef.

The new USDA program allows beef companies to label products as "USDA tender" or "USDA very tender" if they are certified to make those claims.

Cargill will be rolling this out in the near future since they are certified to be able to do so.

While I've read a few articles about the whole issue, my take on it is a bit different.

Touting how tender a piece of beef might be is keying in on what consumers are duped with continuously. 

It's like the words 'extra creamy filling inside' on a box of junk food.

Yep - there probably is extra creamy filling inside.

The question is should you be eating it in the first place?

These type of labels are nothing more than emphasizing the taste or experience of a product while ignoring and totally playing down the real issues.

Does it contain GMO's?

Where was it made or grown?

I use these two examples because they are both being hotly contested in various parts of the country.

Maybe I'm wrong but I haven't heard any ground swell of complaints about how we need our beef products labeled for tenderness.

It's another case of attaching a solution to a problem that nobody but big biz knew was a problem.

Until next time..


 

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Are pastured chickens better for you than their supermarket counterparts?

This is a great video showing the nutritional profile of pastured vs conventional chickens. I will be ordering our last batch of birds next week. If you were thinking of ordering now is the time...

 

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Freedom Ranger Chicks Arrived - Video

Our Freedom Ranger chicks arrived at the farm today today. This video shows us putting them in the brooder.

These birds are from the Label Rouge program. We believe them to be better than the standard Cornish Cross chickens for the model we use to raise them. 

In my previous post  I outlined why I think they are superior to Cornish Cross for the pastured poultry farmer.


I will be showing you how these birds grow out this season so stay tuned for more videos.

 

Watch the video here.

 

Until next time...

 
 
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