Grass-fed beef at the Manitou

In 2019 we entered into the grass-fed beef cattle business, and are trying to do so in the most sustainable fashion possible. Our property has been used to raise cattle for decades, and we are putting a spin on it which suits our needs. Rather than maintaining a herd year-round and producing our own calves, we are instead purchasing yearling cows in the spring from the local auction house, and then selling the beef direct to consumers at the end of the fall season. This allows us to produce high quality beef but without having to be on site through the winter or to maintain all the infrastructure needed for a year-round operation. Our 10 cattle for 2019 came from from three different local farms in western Quebec and eastern Ontario.

  • Life cycle of beef cattle
  • Grass finished vs. feed lot finished beef

We are selling our beef by the 40 pound box, which is a bit less than 1/8 of the meat from a full steer. Each box will contain a proportional amount of the cuts that would be found in a whole animal, which should work out to about 16 pounds of ground and/or stewing beef, 10 pounds of steaks, 10 pounds of roasts, and 4 pounds of other cuts (e.g., ribs, brisket). All of the meat will be in reasonable size portions, each vacuum packed and labeled.

If you are wondering how much space this much meat occupies, each 40 pound box of beef should fill just over one cubic foot in your freezer. For reference, a typical full sized fridge/freezer combo would have 12-18 cubic feet in the fridge portion, and 3-6 cubic feet of freezer. A big chest freezer can hold an entire beef of 450 pounds of meat.

In selling our beef we are able to meet the same price range as what you’d find at the grocery store. For this price you are getting locally, ethically and sustainably raised grass-fed beef. You do, however, need to buy it in 40 pound increments. Our price for a box of mixed cuts is $10.50 per pound plus taxes, putting the total price for a 40 pound box at $517.39. If you order at least a quarter beef (80 pounds), we can give a 5% discount, and if you order a half beef or more (160 pounds), there is a 10% discount.

We are hoping that most people will be able to come to pick up their meat at our place in Sandy Hill, which is very close to downtown and the 417 highway. If the butcher is on schedule, I will retrieve the boxes of frozen meat on Friday December 6, with pickups happening Friday evening through Sunday. If you are interested in buying but cannot come to pick it up at that time, please get in touch with me to discuss options.

The boxes of beef mentioned above will include only the ‘typical’ cuts of beef. It may also be possible to get some of the other parts of the cow that aren’t always used for human consumption, such as the organ meats, bones, oxtail, tongue, etc. If there is enough interest I will figure out what could be done in terms of delivering these other parts of the cow to you.

If you would like to place an order for beef or have any questions about our beef or the farm, you can reach me at craigdonavinanderson@gmail.com.

Our cows filling up on grass as they lounge on the road through the farm.