Certified "Pasture Centered” by GAP
We have historically treated and raised our animals in a caring and humane way. It was exciting for us to discover that our animal husbandry practices, in use on the farm for decades, satisfied the requirements to earn a “Pasture Centered” Step 4 Rating from Global Animal Partnership. The only way to earn the highest Step 5 rating is to have a meat processing plant on site.
We Breed for Feed Efficiency in addition to Growth & Carcass Traits
We invest hours of consideration in making the decisions involving arriving at the optimum mating of our exceptional bulls and cows. When we purposefully breed for highly efficient genetics that require less feed per pound of gain, this results in producing animals that have a smaller carbon footprint and produce less methane which in turn reduces the global warming impact of the beef that we produce. Since 2008, every bull used to sire the calves for Brasstown Beef has been tested for Residual Feed Intake (RFI) or feed efficiency, utilizing the cutting edge Grow Safe System.
Ridgefield Farm Recognized for Excellence
The leading edge selection criteria to produce the finest beef at the least possible cost has been recognized by the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association by awarding Ridgefield Farm as the Seed Stock Producer of the Year. Ridgefield Farm has also chosen Breeder of the Year by the Braunvieh Association of America. The farm’s leading edge practices and use of technology has been recognized in national articles published in “Farm Progress” and in “The Progressive Farmer”. Ridgefield Farm has ongoing collaborative beef cattle research projects with both the University of Georgia and North Carolina State University.