Hickory Lake Beef is continually studying holistic ranch management methods to produce healthy cattle and be good stewards of the land. We do not use any chemical fertilizers. Instead, we spray our pastures with compost tea to build up and improve the soil biology. We believe the foundation of healthy beef is healthy soil.
Hickory Lake Beef uses rotational and mob grazing techniques to help enrich our soils and grow grass naturally. Years ago, nature did this with buffalo herds. Their process produced organic matter in the soils that would help feed living microbes, encourage earthworm activity, and grow beautiful healthy grass.
We mimic their method by using electric fences to control where and how long our cattle graze in each area. The result is a gradual improvement of soil health which leads to healthier grasses and in turn healthier cattle. Nature at work will produce microbes and earthworms in the soil, and dung beetles working on the soil surface, creating a rich healthy environment. Our compost tea enhances this process whereas chemical fertilizers inhibit or destroy it. We believe nature has the better way.
We do not use pesticides and our grass fed cattle are never given any hormones, growth steroids, or antibiotics. They do not need them because of the healthy environment in which they are raised. Our low-stress methods of working with our cows help them thrive naturally. We truly have contented cows. We wean our calves when they are about 8 or 9 months old, using a fence line method of weaning which creates very little stress. Our calves are then put on our best grasses–lush green oats in the winter and warm season, new, succulent pastures in the spring. Our calves are never fed corn or any other grains.
Our cattle are Devon and Devon/Angus cross. The Devon breed is noted for gentleness and is genetically adapted to grass finishing. Both breeds are known for their tender, tasty beef.
We sell by the quarter, half, or whole and we process at reputable, state-inspected processing plants. The cattle are humanely handled at processing, vinegar-washed, hung for 2 weeks and then cut into choice pieces and vacuum sealed or paper wrapped (your preference with paper wrap being cheaper) for your freezer. We will deliver FREE in San Antonio and the close surrounding areas. No shipping. Please visit our website or call/email to order your 1/4, 1/2 or whole calf TODAY!