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Heritage Radio Network
interviewed restaurateurs Laura and David Shea of applewood restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Hardwick Beef is featured at the restaurant. Listen to it here
Hardwick Beef is featured in a report on East Village restaurants selling burgers made with Hardwick Beef cattle, fed on New York or Vermont grass. View it
Ridge Shinn is quoted on the website for Harvest to Heat: America's Top Chefs and Farmers Cook Together, a book to be published by Taunton Press in 2010. More.
Ridge Shinn is featured in an article in a national magazine. Read the article
entitled "How Cows (Grass-Fed Only) Could Save the Planet."
An editorial in the Worcester Telegram
praises the Mass. House of Representatives for an amendment to a bill banning junk food in schools and getting more products from local farms into public schools and colleges; it notes how producers like Ridge Shinn would benefit from the change. Read the editorial.
our Rotokawa Cattle Company brochure.
Hardwick Beef, a 100% grass-fed
and finished meat company based in
Massachusetts, has discovered the
quality and quantity of Rotokawa®
Devon influence in steers harvested
in their 100% grass-fed program.
Hardwick Beef is offering a premium
on steers or heifers sired by
Rotokawa Devon bulls. www.hardwickbeef.com
Our mission at the Rotokawa Cattle Company is to establish
local, sustainable economies based on 100% grass-fed beef
production that benefits everyone: the animals, the producers, the
consumers, and the environment.
Artificial insemination is an inexpensive way to upgrade your herd without the expense and care of a bull. All of our Rotokawa Devons stamp their progeny with the traits that characterize this herd: hardiness, early maturity, good temperament, and volume of high-quality meat. Read more here.
We have developed an important new tool called a spider graph for evaluating and demonstrating the strengths and weaknesses of a bull or cow's body conformation. The conformation is a critical indicator of how well the animal will function for the producer. Ridge Shinn notes, "I first saw a graph of this type in France, used to illustrate progeny performance in sheep, and I applied the concept to evaluating cattle."
Click here for a description of Spider Graphs.
Cattle that thrive on 100% grass: No corn, ever.
By now it is clear to most people that we must change what we eat and how we produce food. One way to solve global problems making headlines -- climate change, energy shortage, depleted soil, human health problems such as mad cow and E. coli -- is to end our reliance on petroleum-based agricultural practices, primarily raising corn to feed livestock. By feeding cattle only grass, legumes, and hay -- no corn or any other grain -- we address all these problems.
Only about 10% of the total land area of the world can be cultivated to produce plant food for humans. The remaining agricultural land is covered by grass, shrubs or other plants that only ruminant animals, including cattle, can digest. As world populations increase, according to Oklahoma State University's Department of Animal Science, "... it is likely that we will be forced to depend more and more on ruminant animals to meet the increased demands for food."
Key to this strategy are rugged cattle that will thrive on grass -- even in harsh climates and on marginal land -- and convert energy from the sun into protein for humans. We have identified the Devon breed as ideally adapted to a 100% grass-fed diet.
The goal of the Rotokawa Cattle Company is to establish local, sustainable economies based on 100% grass-fed beef production that benefits the animals, the consumers, and the environment--and makes family farming a viable livelihood once again.
We sell cattle and semen, and offer consultation on 100% grass-fed cattle and high-quality meat. Our sister company, Hardwick Beef, sells 100% grass-fed beef.
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