It is our belief that farmers who grow food for others should also
grow food for themselves. Our family does that. Farming/ranching
organically since 2008 and Certified in 2011, we’re located 10 min. west
of Willmar. Our family farm, with its rolling hills and refreshing
creek, has been in operation since 1941.
We specialize in grass-fed Highland grass-fed beef, lamb, soy-free pastured pork, chicken
and holiday turkeys. We do not feed medicated feeds or hormones and all
of our meat products (eggs included) are naturally grown & always
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What is 'Solar Beef'?
We are solar farmers. The energy of the sun is used by and
stored in the grasses of our restored prairie pastures. In other
words, the grass and plants are the solar cells and
our pastures are massive solar banks of these solar collectors. Healthy soil is
medium or electrical connections. Without good healthy soil, our
solar cells cannot efficiently store the sun's energy.
So what is solar beef? When our cattle graze
our certified organic pastures, they are harvesting the energy of the sun
and converting it into beef - natural, healthy beef. There are no
artificial hormones, herbicides, insecticides or antibiotics in, on or
around our cattle. We consider it as pure as sun light.
We want to help promote the benefits of pasture-based farming/ranching... and let
others know that we all have a healthier, local choice of where we buy
healthy beef. When you buy 'solar beef' directly from us (the
rancher), you know
where your food comes from and how it is cared for.
Being pasture based is a philosophy - a practice of the old school style
of ranching/farming. In addition to raising Highland grass-fed
also raise and sell pastured ducks, chicken & eggs, lamb, and pork.
We are especially proud of our free-range Heritage Holiday Turkeys.
This is what one of our customers told us, "The turkey was
FABULOUS! We received rave reviews, it was moist and tender... it truly
made our Thanksgiving dinner a feast."
Pastured-pork, lamb & turkey will, again, be available in
the fall. We will have chicken, eggs, garden produce & bakery goods
for sale throughout the summer.
To learn about the Top 10 Reasons To Eat Grass-fed Meat...
Qualities of Highlanders
Where's The Beef?
Our healthy, naturally raised 'Solar Beef' isn't found in your grocery stores.
It's found right here, at the farm. Highland Premium Beef, on
its own, is
some of the leanest beef of any breed of cattle, with the exception of
Buffalo. Like the buffalo, Highland cattle keep warm using their
double coat. Most beef animals have a layer of fat to insulate them
from the weather. And unlike standard beef breeds, Highland Premium Beef
is naturally marbled. The present day
beef market demands leaner meats, and Highland Premium Beef
cattle are and have always been
superior in this department as well
Cattle, in general, are meant to eat grass. That's how they're
made. Grass-fed Highland beef is high in Omega-3 and Beta Carotene, which
we all know is important for good health. Cattle that consume a
diet primarily of grain are, in general, unhealthy. Most are fed
antibiotics. Solar Beef is healthy beef.
Highland Premium Beef
cattle are known for their gentle
disposition and they are “a naturally laid back beast.” They are gentle
and loving creatures. Cows will nurse their calves and then leave them
lying behind a clump of grass for long periods of time. This is quite
normal for Highlanders. Out on the moors of Scotland, the cows would
have to forage some distance away from their calves, to find their daily
requirements. For protection, herds have been known to form a circle around the young
in order to
keep them safe from predators.
A Breed Apart
The Highland breed has a long and famous
ancestry. It has been described as charismatic, beautiful and noble.
Throughout the centuries the breed has developed and adapted, often in
adverse conditions, until we have the extremely efficient and versatile
animal we see today. There is no finer sight than a Highlander with a new
born calf at her feet.
Cold weather and snow have little effect on these cattle.
They have a thick skin and long shaggy coats to protect them, even in
blizzard conditions and temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero.
They have been raised as far north as Alaska and the Scandinavian
countries. The cattle’s food intake does not
increase until 18 degrees F, whereas most breeds of cattle’s needs
increase at 32 degrees F. Thus proving that the Highland Cattle are well
adapted for harsh conditions. Highlands are slow growing creatures and
are known for their ruggedness.
The Breed for Health
Highland cattle represent one of the
best ways to produce beef and preserve our landscape. The cattle are
experts at improving unproductive land and maintaining a balance of
plants. They will thrive on rough fodder enabling less competitive
grasses and flowers to flourish. In winter, their diet is naturally
healthy as they don't require feed compounds that are now
suspected of being a disease risk. The breed's natural immunity to many
diseases eliminates the need for antibiotics and other medicines. Our
pastures & cattle, together, create naturally lean, healthy Solar Beef.