The Start of a Great Relationship. CFHR 100% Grassfed Cows!!

A Mooooove in the Right Direction.  CFHR Co-op Grass Fed Cows.

 Last week on Thursday, I drove down to Windsor, VA to visit Pete, the owner of Windhaven Farms.
We toured much of Pete’s 1500 acres of open pasture and I got to see how he raises his nearly 200 cattle.
Pete has been raising cattle on a natural grass diet in open, untreated (no pesticides) pasture for a quarter of a century…and he’s good at it.  He truly cares for the well-being of his cattle and for the quality of his beef.  Pete traditionally “grain-tops” his cattle on corn for the last 30 days prior to their slaughter.
After meeting with Pete and discussing our interest in 100% grass-fed, he has agreed to set aside 5 cows solely for CFHR.  This is a big deal.  Going totally grass-fed adds nearly 6 months to the timeline of these cattle and that affects how Pete runs things.  However, I feel there is a strong local market for this and I want to prove it to Pete.  He willing to risk on us and he’s doing it a a price you will not find anywhere else for 100% grass fed. 

Pictured above are the cattle from which our 5 will be selected.  I walked into the massive plot of pasture in which our cattle will remain until they are ready for us.  There is a large pond, tons of open land, and lots of standby hay for the summer months in case rain is scarce and the grass stops growing.  Pete has planned ahead.

In our family’s quest to live healthier, a few realities have come to light:
  1.  We must harness “grown-up” thinking and face the reality of where our food comes from.  My children will know where their meat, veggies and fruit come from.  In fact, they will participate, at some point, in the care for these animals and the growth of their veggies.  I will not be a slave to industrial farming.
 2.  Eating healthy now is MUCH cheaper than the costs that await at the age of 55 following a life of NOT eating healthy.
 3.  We must set the example of resource stewardship for our kids.  I’m not talking Greenpeace here.  I’m talking about seeking out local, humane and sustainable food resources…avoiding factory farming and large farming operations (which are usually at the expense of the local populations’ well-being).

If you have questions about the above 3, just read The Omnivore’s Dilemma , The Omnivore’s Dilemma for Kids or watch Food, Inc.

We have 5 cattle that will be 100% grass fed and set aside for us.  They will be ready late summer to early fall.  Money is not due until the meat is delivered.
You can purchase a whole, half or quarter cow at the following estimated prices (the price is based on the weight of the cow at slaughter, so this may vary some…but not much).  The prices and weights quoted are the estimated maximum.  The meat will be picked up at Windhaven farms (45 minute drive from CFHR), and we can work a group pickup date.  You pay Windhaven farms, not CFHR.  We just set this up.

WHOLE COW (appx 600 lbs of meat) – $3000
HALF COW (1 Side, appx 300 lbs of meat) – $1500
QUARTER COW (appx 150 lbs of meat) – appx $750

This comes to an average of $5.00 per pound.  Compare that to grocery store meat (which is CAFO raised crap anyway).

The meat you will get has been humanely raised, processed safely in a sanitary facility, vacuum sealed and frozen.  It is 100% grass-fed, with no antibiotics or hormones. The grass is pesticide free.  Pete invests a LARGE amount of money into vitamin and mineral supplements for these cattle (especially in the summer months if the grass dies and he reverts to hay).  I know this because I went around with Pete as he took care of these animals. 

To  reserve a Whole, Half or Quarter, Please e-mail me directly at
I will make an announcement when it’s all been reserved.
By e-mailing and reserving, you are committing to this.

I will be putting together a field trip down to Windhaven for CFHR members and their families on  Saturday Jun 12th.  More to follow on that.

For those of you who do not wish to buy that much meat at one time, or for those who can’t afford grass fed beef on a regular basis, Pete’s current product is, by far, the next best thing.
Pete is interested in setting up a central hub for delivery in our area and we’re trying to make the drop off point CFHRCheckout this site for how to order or find Windhaven meat.  Note that they will be at the Port Warwick Farmer’s Market in May.   The best way to pick it up and to get a feel for Pete’s methods is to drive the 45 minutes down to the farm (directions on their website) on a Saturday from 9am-4pm.

The natural, healthy environment and the diet of nearly 100% grass set this meat far apart from grocery store meat.  Not to mention you are supporting a local family farm and paying nearly the same as you would at a grocery store. Because Pete grain tops for only 30 days, the fatty acid composition shift in the animals is not nearly as dramatic as for feedlot cattle (what you find in a grocery store).  This means there is still a higher composition of Omega-3 in Pete’s cattle than in feedlot cattle.  And, after discussing this with OPT, it is his opinion that the lower concentration of corn in diet pretty much eliminates the potential for food sensitivities.


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