George Highlanders is located in the rolling hills of western New York and keeps a herd of Scottish Highlanders for the sheer pleasure of it. We do baby them, and prospective customers are welcome to come and see the herd anytime—and the windmill in their pasture.
Organically raised in a rotational grazing herd as a hobby, they are on fresh grass daily from May to November, and receive no grain, hormones or antibiotics. We are not “certified” organic, but that is the way we operate.
We sell Grass Fed Freezer Beef as custom slaughter by whole or halves. If a half is too much, find a partner or group to split it with. A typical half from a 30-month-old animal will have a hanging weight from 225 to 300 pounds. We do custom slaughter only in the fall to take full advantage of fattening the animals on the lush fall grasses.
Highlanders are an exceptional beef animal, but they grow a little slower than the popular commercial breeds. We think this slower growth results in superior flavor. It is our conviction that we can produce a high quality, healthy product at a lower cost than grain fed animals, and we are pricing the hanging weights accordingly. Please email for current prices.
Cattle are taken to a USDA inspected slaughterhouse where they are custom processed to your request, wrapped and frozen. To be legal, you must pick up your frozen packages at the slaughterhouse, with Saturday mornings being a convenient time.
We have received many requests for Grass Fed ground beef and are trying to satisfy those requests. This year, we will slaughter at least one steer for 100% ground. This will not need to be seasonal in the future. It will be a premium product with the steaks, roasts and all the prime cuts included in the grind. To sell ground beef legally from a custom slaughter, we need to sell a fractional portion (maybe 1/8th) of the animal, but would price it, fully processed, picked up frozen at the slaughterhouse, for $4/pound packaged weight; discounts are available for larger quantities.
Grass fed ground beef makes an exceptional hamburger, with no waste, and seems to be more in demand than any prime cut. One-eighth of an animal will yield about 40 pounds of top quality ground beef. If you are interested in the ground beef, please send an email, as emails are the preferred way to contact us. Pictures of the herd available on request