THE Best Grass Fed Humane Farm Animal Care & Raised Beef
in the Local Atlanta area!
If you are looking for pasture grass fed cows, grass fed beef or grass fed beef steaks in the local Atlanta area, look no further! You have found THE place where you can get pasture grass fed, humanely treated Angus bred cattle. Our cows provide the best tasting beef steaks you can find in the local Atlanta Georgia area!
Beef Quality Assurance Certified!
Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production. Big Hickory Farms is certified by this program which raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality. The program requires the producer to work cattle quietly and calmly so cattle are not scared and panicked and view a trip to the barn as a dreaded event.
History of beef cattle: The domestication of cattle for food dates to about 6500 B.C. in the Middle East. Cattle were not native to America, but brought to the New World on ships by European colonists. Americans weren’t big eaters of fresh beef until about 1870, due to the enormous growth of the cattle industry in the West. The introduction of cattle cars and refrigerated cars on the railroad facilitated distribution of the beef.
“Beef” is meat from full-grown cattle about 2 years old. A live steer weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat. There are at least 50 breeds of beef cattle, but fewer than 10 make up most cattle produced. Some major breeds are Angus, Hereford, Charolais, and Brahman
“Baby beef” and “calf” are 2 interchangeable terms used to describe young cattle weighing about 700 pounds that have been raised mainly on milk and grass. The meat cuts from baby beef are smaller; the grass fed meat is light red and contains less fat than beef. The fat may have a yellow tint due to the vitamin A in grass.
A grass-based diet produces a lean, healthy meat rich in cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins E and A. Low in fat, rich in vitamins.
For our cattle, we use rotating pastures to provide the best grass feed so they are raised as naturally as we possibly can.
We also follow a health management protocol that helps the cattle to live a stress-free lifestyle. And as far as possible, we use only 100% natural methods to maintain the health of our herd.
You have our personal guarantee that the beef you’re eating from our farm is free of hormones and antibiotics. And we stand behind that guarantee — we can trace every one of our animals from conception to the processor.
Besides the natural diversity of woodland and creek bottoms, our farm pastures contain diverse grasses, herbs, and legumes. The health of the soil, and the plants supported by it, are dependent on a variety of grazing animals such as cattle and horses, and browsers such as goats. Big Hickory Farms cares for a mix of animal species to utilize the array of pasture plants and improve the soil under attentive management.
We graze our stock in rotation on our pastures, breaking the life cycles of parasitic organisms. Gently working with, not against, our animals’ environment in this way, and closely monitoring them for their health and parasite resistance, we’ve had success overcoming parasite burdens in our livestock. Our grass-fed animals are never reared in crowded unhealthy conditions, so they do not suffer from many of the ailments commonly associated with intensive livestock units
The inclusion of growth promoting substances such as hormones, antibiotics, and heavy metals in livestock feed rations and the use of all kinds of strange and unnatural feed items (newspaper, sawdust, poultry litter, and meat and bone meal) have become acceptable practices for some farmers. Other farmers may simply not realize the livestock feeds they purchase from the farmers’ co-op contain these, and other, non-organic substances.
Rest assured, we never buy in animals from the sale barn to sell for beef. Your farm-raised grass fed beef comes only from animals raised on our farm. Knowledge of the animals’ origin, and attention to the animals’ well-being, assures you of the integrity, quality, and purity of the meat you eat.
Soil quality, animal husbandry, water protection, co-habitation with wildlife, woodland management, grass production, respect for diversity, community strength, and healthy food are inseparable elements of Big Hickory Farms. All of our endeavors must be aligned with these guiding principles, or we will not continue to pursue them. Our objective is to produce & sell wonderful, delicious farm-raised beef in ways that are good for the land we farm, good for the animals we raise, and good for people, like you! If you are looking for the best, grass fed, grass-finished or “free-range” all natural, highest quality beef you can buy, Big Hickory Farms is for you!
Our natural, delicious tasting beef is from Black Angus crossed with Hereford or Gelbvieh steers grown “free-range” in the open air on excellent quality pasture. Steers are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished.
Direct from our farm to your table: Buying meat directly from the farm means you know exactly where your food comes from, and how it’s treated on the way from the fields to your plate.
With increasing concerns being raised over food safety, farm-direct food sourcing is becoming a growing trend. If you know your farmer, you can trust the way your food is raised and prepared.
Plus, buying locally-grown food is a great way to help the environment. The less distance it has to cover to get to you, the less fuel gets burned, and the less carbon dioxide goes into our atmosphere.
We’re always delighted to get to know our customers, and we’ll be happy to show you around our farm at any time. We want you to see how much care and love we give our cattle, so you can trust the quality of the grass fed beef you’re eating!
Cattle are herbivores. Their natural diet consists of grasses and legumes, and we’ve found that raising them on this diet produces the very best grass fed beef available. And yet, most large-scale factory farming operations use synthetic growth hormones, antibiotics, and high-protein feeds — and raise their cattle in confined pens — to get the fastest growth rates and the biggest profits.
By eliminating these factors from our farm operation and raising our cattle naturally, we completely avoid any unnecessary health stresses on our cattle. We only feed them on natural plants and vegetable-based feeds. From mid-April to early December, they graze on premium pastures, eating a lush mix of Fescue, Rye and other grasses. In wintertime, they are fed fresh-cut hay. We spend time with our cattle every day. We believe that giving our animals the very best living conditions for their health and well-being, gives you the best grass fed beef you can find anywhere…
Free-range pasture raised —year round.
Our land is carpeted with fescue, and a blend of white clover, bermuda, winter wheat and annual & perennial rye grasses. This rich mix gives our cattle an excellent spectrum of nutrients — which makes your grass fed beef highly nutritious as well.
It’s hard to improve on Nature, so we try to work with it to get the best results. We think you’ll find that the way we treat our cattle translates into the best grass fed beef you’ve ever eaten.
When you sit down to dinner, will you give thought to the source of your food? When you visit the grocery store, do you ever complain about the cost? Did you know that on average, the American farmer receives only 16 cents out of every dollar spent on food at home and away from home? The rest goes for cost beyond the farm gate: wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution. Americans enjoy a food supply that is abundant, affordable overall and among the world’s safest, thanks in large part to the efficiency and productivity of America’s farm and ranch families.
Prepared the old-fashioned way
Our beef is processed at a local, family owned and government-inspected butcher shop. Our butcher is a professional who knows exactly how to give you the best cuts out of a side of beef. He then vacuum seals your cuts in clear wrap. Immediately after cutting, your meat is fresh-frozen. This keeps it safe from bacteria. And because beef freezes so well — losing none of its flavor and texture — you get the convenience of being able to enjoy it at any time.
Why are we letting our amazing beef go for such a low price?
There are two reasons. First, because we’re a small family operation, you can buy your beef from us directly with no retail markup.
And second, we want to get the word out about our beef. The best way to do that is to have as many people try it as possible — and we don’t want price to be an obstacle for you!
We only produce a limited quantity every year. So make sure you order before we sell out.
“No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.” – Booker T. Washington