ABOUT CLAY HILL FARM BEEF


VERMONT BLACK ANGUS

Clay Hill Farm has been raising Black Angus beef since the early 1990s on their 95-acre farm in Hartland, Vermont. Originally from Scotland, Black Angus is an adaptable and hardy breed well-suited to Vermont winters. The breed is esteemed for the quality of their meat, particularly for even marbling.

GRASS-FED & GMO-FREE, CORN-FINISHED, ALL NATURAL BEEF
During the summer months owner Guy Crosby, with the help of neighbor Mike Finley, practice intensive rotational grazing, moving the cattle every 24-48 hours to fresh, lush pasture for optimum nutrition. Fresh well water is supplied daily to ensure the cattle always have access to clean water.

During the fall and winter months the brood cows are fed free-choice high quality farm-raised hay and free-choice salt and minerals. Calving starts in late January and ends in late March. The cows and calves are put out to pasture in mid-May and are rotated through the summer until the calves are weaned mid-September. The weanlings, along with calves purchased off the farm, are put on a ration of free-choice second-cut farm-raised hay, non-GMO corn silage produced on the farm, and non-GMO cracked corn and soy, plus free-choice salt and minerals.

For optimum health and growth and to develop even marbling throughout the meat, the meat animals remain on this ration along with pasture for 16-20 months until market ready. This regimen contributes to the juiciness and exceptional flavor that sets Clay Hill Farm’s beef apart from solely grass-fed beef.

NON-GMO BY CHOICE
Guy and his family prefer to eat GMO-free meats, and have chosen to offer their customers all-natural and healthy products—free of antibiotics, artificial hormones, and genetically modified organisms.

PASTURE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Clay Hill Farm practices intensive pasture rotation to prevent overgrazing, the depletion of nutrients, and soil erosion. Their fields are fertilized with composted manure from the farm and fresh manure from a neighboring dairy, as well as wood ash from Casella Organics in NH, to provide a source of potassium that replaces lime. Commercial fertilizers may be used in spring to top dress the fields to ensure even yields. In fall before the cattle are moved to winter pasture, round bales are strategically placed in the fields as an additional source of feed and to naturally fertilize and reseed pastures with clover.

USDA-INSPECTED
Sixteen to twenty month old cattle are processed on demand at PT Farm, a USDA-inspected processing plant in nearby New Hampshire.

HOW TO PURCHASE CLAY HILL FARM BEEF

  • Farm-born-and-raised quarter, half and whole beef—cut, cryovaced and frozen— can be pre-ordered from the farm.
  • Individual cuts of frozen steak and packaged ground beef can be purchased at the farm by appointment.
  • Our ground beef is also available at:
  •  The Hanover, NH Co-op Food Store; as well as through Sunrise Farm’s CSA program in White River Junction, VT.
  • Clay Hill Farm’s feeder cattle (weanlings purchased outside of the farm) are raised to market weight and sold directly to Black River Meats.