Flathead Farms: The Finest Quality Highland Beef
Highland cattle are noted for meat that is lean and low in cholesterol. Rather than adding a layer of fat for winter protection as other breeds do, Highland cattle grow long hairy coats, an under-down and a longer, coarser outer layer, protecting them from excessive cold and wind. The result? Naturally low fat, low cholesterol beef.
Flathead Farms is a proud member of the American Highland Cattle Association’s Quality Highland Beef (QHB) program and subscribes to its guidelines. When you buy beef or breeding stock from Flathead Farms, you can be assured that the cattle are raised according to these principles (taken from the AHCA):
- The animals are at least 50% Highland steers, heifers, or bulls.
- The animals have been raised and handled in a humane manner. (When an animal is under stress, the meat is affected.)
- No added hormones, anabolic steroids or sub-therapeutic feed antibiotics have been applied/fed to the animal.
- The animals will be slaughtered between 14 and 36 months of age, except bulls, whose maximum age is 24 months.
- The minimum live weight requirement is 900 pounds and minimum carcass weight is 450 pounds.
- The carcasses will hang a minimum of 14 days, depending upon back fat.
- Finishing during the final 90 days should be such that each animal gains 1.5 pounds per day.
These guidelines ensure that the beef is of the highest quality attainable for leanness and low cholesterol. Second, being raised humanely, finished slowly on natural pastures, and slaughtered humanely, the animals are never stressed, so the quality of the meat remains high. Third, besides the items mentioned in guideline #3, no animal proteins are ever fed to these cattle.