Walnut Grove Farm
Siloam Springs, AR
What makes us different than conventionally raised beef?
- Healthy Hereford Beef is raised exclusively on grass
- No Hormones
- No Steriods
- No Anti-biotics used for preventative or growth purposes
- Up to 6 Times more Vitamin E
- More Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- 4 Times More Beta Carotene
- Clean Water from Water Tanks -- Not Ponds
- Less Fat -- Fewer Calories -- Great Taste
- Naturally Improved Pastures -- Environmentally Friendly
Walnut Grove Farm pure-bred Hereford cattle are grazed in our pastures of mixed grass. The summer pastures are primarily Bermuda grass, White Clover, Red Clover and Lespedeza. Late summer and early winter the cattle graze on Fescue, Red and White Clover and Lespedeza. Late winter and spring find the cattle feeding on Annual Rye Grass, Wheat and Fescue.
Cattle being prepared for harvest are fed Alfalfa Hay while grazing on Bermuda Grass based pastures heavily fortified with a blend of Clovers.
Walnut Grove strives to rotate pastures and or use highly managed intense grazing. This allows us to never graze forage which is older than second stage growth; this assures both high nutrient value and the wounderful flavor of Walnut Grove Farm Healthy Tasty Beef.
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Definition of Dry Aged Beef:
- Forty years ago, most of our beef was dry aged. In the early 1960's the process of vacuum packing beef became the norm for most processors.
- The advantage of this process was that they could "wet age" the beef in the bag and not lose any of the weight of the beef. Wet aging was much more cost effective for the processors so a weaning of the consumers' taste buds began to occur. Slowly, the consumer forgot what the real taste of steak was.
- Beef is aged for 7 to 21 days. During this process a crust forms on the outside of the loin, very similar to the texture of beef jerky. This layer is trimmed away, leaving steaks that are superior in tenderness and flavor. During the dry aging process, the juices are absorbed into the meat, enhancing the flavor and tenderizing the steaks.
- Research from major universities, including Kansas State University, indicates the enhancement of flavor and tenderness occurs in this Dry Aging process. Dry Aged Steaks are very popular in the fine, white linen steakhouses on the coasts.
- The dry aging process takes special care and requires a relatively large inventory. It is very time consuming and expensive, requiring extra effort, storage and high-quality beef.
- Up to 20% of the original weight of the loin is lost during the dry aging process. This is why dry aged steak is offered only in fine restaurants, upscale grocery stores and gourmet steak companies.