Sycamore Hill Grass Fed Beef Is...

Delicious, juicy, & tender with rich beefy flavor!

Free of added hormones & antibiotics!

Healthier red meat!

Safer for you & your family!

Products & Purchasing:

Available July 2020

Grass fed beef can be purchased in bulk, gourmet bundles or by the cut!

All of our beef is dry aged 21 days and hand cut then vacuum sealed in plastic packs.

Download the Bulk Beef Order Form Here.

Scroll over the below images to learn more about our grass fed beef products.

Bulk Orders

Call us to discuss benefits of bulk orders and availability!

Quarter or Half of a Beef $6.50

A Whole Beef $5.00

Per Pound Hanging Weight

Gourmet Bundles

On the Grill $120

Approx. 12 lbs of grill worthy cuts.

Sampler Pack $70

Approx. 8 lbs total of variety cuts, including hamburger.

By the Cut

Price Per Pound

Ribeye $20       Fillet $22           Stew $9.50

NY Strip $20    Sirloin $16.50    Stir Fry $10.50

Ground Beef $10       Soup Bones $6

Brisket $10.50

Bulk Orders

Call us to discuss benefits of bulk orders and availability!

Quarter or Half of a Beef $6.50

A Whole Beef $5.00

Per Pound Hanging Weight

Gourmet Bundles

On the Grill $120

Approx. 12 lbs of grill worthy cuts.

Sampler Pack $70

Approx. 8 lbs total of variety cuts, including hamburger.

By the Cut

Price Per Pound

Ribeye $20       Fillet $22           Stew $9.50

NY Strip $20    Sirloin $16.50    Stir Fry $10.50

Ground Beef $10    Soup Bones $6   Brisket $10.50

Buy Sycamore Hill grass fed beef at the farm by appointment

Or

Starting in July:

Wednesdays 3 - 6 PM at the Cashiers Locally Grown on the Green market

or

Saturdays 8 AM - 12:30 PM at the Highlands Market in Kelsey-Hutchins Park

 

For bulk orders please fill out the beef order form. Bulk orders are subject to butcher schedule.

Please call or email us with any questions or concerns: 828-293-5936 katherine@bmbfmc.com.

About Sycamore Hill Grass Fed Beef

At Sycamore Hill Farm, our small herd of 25 brood cows is carefully tended as they graze the valleys and slopes of our mountain farmland. Our cattle are raised on farm grass lands from birth to harvest and USDA certified grass fed.  They are never given growth hormone supplements, growth antibiotics, or grain.

We do not use feed lot strategies, nothing but the fresh air and the mountain grass of this wonderful farm for our Wye angus herd! They live in an uncrowded open environment free to move from mountain pasture to valley meadows, following a field rotation cycle to help the grass flourish.

Sycamore Hill Farm is guided by NC Beef Quality Assurance Standards.

Click on a heading below to learn details!

Grass Fed
Pasture to Plate
Healthier Red Meat
Wye Angus
NC BQA
Grass Fed

The Benefits of 100% Grass Fed:

  • Safer for Everyone - No Growth Antibiotics & No Added Hormones.
  • Beef with Reduced Fat Content
  • Beef with Healthier Fats - Omega 3s
  • Happier Cows with Happier Guts
  • Delicious, Juicy & Tender Meat
  • Healthier Ecology & Environment

What Does 100% Grass Fed Mean?

100% grass fed cattle remain on open pastures and meadows and eat a diet of grass and forage for their entire lives.  Farmers shelter their cattle in the winter and feed them hay and dried forage to supplement grazing and keep them grass fed throughout the year.

Cattle prefer and are in fact designed to eat grass, and are much happier in a pasture than in an over-crowded feedlot.  Ruminant animals like a cow eat plant matter and digest their food by eating and chewing “cud," which is created by a special organ called the rumen.  They are designed to process grass not corn, which is the main diet of feedlots or grain feeding environments.  

Sycamore Hill Farm upper field with grass fed cattle grazing

We believe that cattle should be fed what their bodies were designed to eat: grass and forage! 

But Wait! Aren’t All Cows Grass Fed?

About 60% of cattle in the United State’s commercial beef industry spend the first 6 to 12 months of their lives on ranches grazing in pastures eating grass and other forage before being moved to a feedlot or CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) for approximately 5 months where they are fed a 70 - 90% grain (corn) and protein (often beef tallow) based diet with hormone supplements prior to being harvested.  About 40% of U.S. cattle in the commercial industry spend more than 8 months in a feedlot environment. The purpose of this strategy is to cause them to gain weight and become fat in a shorter period of time.  

Cattle in a CAFO live in crowded, unhealthy conditions as many as 100 head in a half acre pen. Many cattle become ill from these conditions and the grain based diet then require the use of antibiotics and other medications. Illnesses affecting feedlot cattle include bloat, acidosis, compromised immune system, pneumonia, feedlot polio, and liver disease -- illnesses caused by the wrong diet and unhealthy conditions of a feedlot!

One of the most terrifying consequences of the feedlot cow’s changed diet, compromised health, and crowded living conditions are the increase of acid-resistant strains of E. coli. This common intestinal bacteria is usually killed off by the acid in humans stomachs, but the rumen of a corn-fed feedlot cow is nearly as acidic as our own, which has led to tougher strains of E. coli like 0157: H7. This strain is consequently prevalent in the manure of the pens and often becomes caked on the animal's hide, which then can enter the beef during meat processing.

So why are most cattle fed corn on feedlots in commercial beef production?  

  • Time 
  • Efficiency
  • Mass Production

A grain fed cow can be ready to harvest almost a year before a grass fed cow!

Beef cattle are typically brought to market weighing between 1,000 and 1,200 pounds.  Grain fed cattle pack on weight more quickly than 100% grass fed cattle, so they are ready for market earlier. Much of that packed on weight is in the form of fat. This makes grain feeding seemingly a win-win for the farmer whose animal grows larger more quickly, and for the consumer who wants the most tender, cheapest steak possible.

Feedlots are concentrated in the 5-state area of Nebraska, Texas, Kansas, Iowa, and Colorado. Learning about cattle that are finished in feedlots before harvesting is an indescribable and unpleasant lesson. If you would like to know more about this method of raising cattle for beef production please consult:

Be warned these reads and the descriptions of feedlots are scary and saddening.

At Sycamore Hill Farm, we firmly believe that cows are meant to eat grass in open pastures, and we are meant to eat cows who eat grass. 

Happier cows with happier guts!

We also believe that the farm to table model for purchasing beef is the ready solution to avoiding the inhumane treatment of cattle and red meat that is unhealthy!  

Our cattle are USDA certified grass fed!

This model lets you know with certainty the trail that your beef has traveled from pasture to plate. The “unknown” route of the industrial food chain drastically increases our health risk! Read more about how and why in the Healthier Red Meat tab.

We understand the allure of grain fed cattle, since farmers earn more the heavier the cow. But grass fed beef can be a win-win in its own respect much like organic agriculture where the farmer who invests the time and expense in 100% grass fed beef can be rewarded with a higher price per pound for his beef because consumers who want it are willing to pay more for what they feel is a safe, more nutritious, and an all-round healthier meat.

100% Grass Fed Beef Delicious, Juicy & Tender with a Rich Beefy Flavor!

flame grilled t-bone steak from Sycamore Hill Farm grass fed beef

100% Grass fed beef is often described as having a distinctively different taste from grain fed beef because 100% grass fed beef is flavored by the pastures the cattle graze on.  To read more about the difference check out this article.

Most tasters describe grass fed beef as meatier with an earthy or mineral flavor. Chefs who cook with grass fed beef encourage approaching this beef with different techniques because of the reduced fat content. Think low and slow for short-ribs or brisket and medium heat for shorter periods for finer cuts like fillets. For more cooking techniques for grass fed beef check out our How to Cook Grass Fed Beef page!

Probably the best way for a beef consumer to try 100% grass-fed beef’s flavor is with a burger.  Two tasting factors that are absent in ground beef for the most part is tenderness in the beef cut (ground beef) and aging.  Due to the lower fat content in a grass fed burger it will shrink less on the grill. The grass fed burger is bigger, beefier and has fewer calories and a bit more nutrition ultimately!

The best measure of 100% grass-fed beef taste is to try it for yourself.  Because we harvest our animals at peak time, Sycamore Hill Farm beef is delicious in both taste and tenderness characteristic of the Wye genetics and 100% grass feeding.

Pasture to Plate

Or the Farm to Table Model...buy directly from the farmers you know and trust.

The pasture to plate model is about building a relationship between farmers and consumers - buyers and sellers who can look one another in the eye and get to know one another, thus, building trust. Connecting with the source of your food is a powerful connection that contributes to a family’s nutrition and overall health.  

We believe that the farm to table model is the only meaningful guarantee of integrity in our food sources.  We must not put more work into choosing a mechanic, a house contractor, or buying technology than we do into choosing the person who grows our food.

Our cattle are USDA certified grass fed. You can verify our certification here.

Healthier Red Meat

Scientists and nutritionists have commonly linked health problems like cardiovascular disease and obesity to diets high in fat and red meat. New research suggests that the health problems associated with red meat may be owed less to the animal in question and more to the animal’s corn diet and that diet’s effect on the meat.

100% Grass fed Beef is Healthier for Everyone  .  .  .  We are what we eat!

close-up image of green grass food for the grass fed Wye Angus cattle

Healthier BEEF PRODUCTS: you are what you eat and so are cattle.  

Beef that is 100% grass fed from birth to harvest is leaner with fat content that is healthier.  Grass fed beef is lower in calories, contains more vitamins A and E, has higher levels of antioxidants, and has up to seven times more beta-carotene.  It contains more alpha-linolenic acid (ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid) as well as more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a natural trans-fat that may be one of the most potent defenses against cancer.  Omega-3s are essential for brain and heart health.

On the other hand, grain fed beef has higher saturated fat and omega-6s and less omega-3 fatty acids, which health experts link to numerous health problems.

Specifically, a 6-ounce grass fed beef tenderloin may have 100 fewer calories than the same cut from a grain fed cow. "If you eat a typical amount of beef per year," Jo Robinson points out in Pasture Perfect, a book about the benefits of pasture-raised animals, "which in the United States is about 66.5 pounds, switching to grass-fed beef will save you 17,733 calories a year.”

We do not mean to imply that 100% grass fed beef is a superfood replacing vegetables and other sources of this nutrition, but the fact that 100% grass fed beef is so much leaner than grain fed (corn) is something to get excited about when considering beef as a protein source.

For more on the health benefits of grass fed animals read eatWild - a website by Jo Robinson and "Comparison of muscle fatty acid profiles and cholesterol concentrations of bison, beef cattle, elk, and chicken" Journal of Animal Science May 2002.

Safer BEEF PRODUCTS: no grains, no hormones, no antibiotics means less deadly bacteria and antibiotic resistance!

As we discussed in the tab on grass fed beef, feeding ruminants grain (corn) causes significant health issues for cows. This combined with the over-crowding in pens at the feedlot causes increased susceptibility to disease, which then forces farmers to use antibiotics, administered hormones, and other medicines to control. New deadly strains of E. coli are some of the scariest consequences of grain feedlot environments; cattle living in these conditions have a significantly higher count of E. coli as compared to grass fed cattle.

At Sycamore Hill Farm there are no grains, no hormones or antibiotics used because when these chemicals are used, they show up in the meat and ultimately in our bodies. The health of the cattle we consume as beef is inextricably linked to our own health by this web of relationships.  

We also ensure safety at harvest time when our processors have FDA Inspectors present assuring the consumer the finest in food processing safety.  We also follow NC BQA Standards, treating animals humanely and with the respect they deserve! 

Grass fed cattle are better for the environment!

Grass feeding cattle also contributes to overall ecological and

Wye Angus grass fed cattle graze in open pasture at Sycamore Hill Farm

 environmental health. CAFOs or feedlots produce 

significant environmental problems: polluted water and air, toxic wastes, and deadly pathogens not to mention the dependence on the fossil fuel industry (fertilizer and pesticides). One estimate calculates that a 1200 lb. grain fed steer for all intents and purposes consumes 35 gallons of oil in his lifetime.

The manure problem generated by large feedlots is a serious issue even when it is trucked to nearby farmland to fertilize crops the excess nutrients overload the land causing nitrogen and phosphorus to wash off and drain into the water system.

Whereas a grass fed cattle farm is it’s own closed ecological loop with the manure serving to re-fertilize the grass and the grass feeding the cows. Furthermore, pasture land is excellent at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and harnessing solar energy while holding on to top soil and moisture.

Wye Angus

In 2016, we decided to bring to the farm Wye Angus, a breed that originated in the USA from the Wye Plantation in Queensland, Maryland.   This breed of cattle can be traced back to early Scotland and the British Isles.  They are gentle, calve easily and are good mothers; they have few lactation problems and are intense grazers on mountain grasses and fescue.  They have sufficient fat content and marbling and are, thus, superb in taste and tenderness.  

Wye Angus grass fed cattle graze in mountain pasture at Sycamore Hill Farm - center is Ferdinand the bull!Our Wye Angus genetically is from one of the most unique Angus herds in the world.  This cattle breed began in the USA in the early 1900s by Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. of the Wye Plantation, Queenstown, Maryland, and his team of bovine professionals, in particular Jim Lingle, who managed the Wye Plantation Herd for Houghton.  Houghton traveled to Scotland and purchased for his Maryland Farm a number of Wye Angus bulls and these bulls are the genetic line to our cattle at Sycamore Hill Farm.  

Jim Lingle, farm manager for Houghton had great dreams of great cattle, he was determined to create the greatest beef cattle that the world had ever known; cattle that would be great in size, great in quality, and economically profitable to the commercial breeder and cattle farmer. 

Mr. Houghton’s Wye Plantation cattle research continues today at the University of Maryland where he gifted a major portion of his herd for continued cattle research.  This research program today is a balanced mix of both basic and applied research, educational outreach through Extension, and education and training of undergraduate and graduate students in beef cattle science and production.  The underpinnings of the University’s research effort includes work toward understanding and improving the efficient production of beef cattle in an extensive forage-based system while implementing and demonstrating the components of profitable, sustainable, and environmentally sensitive beef cattle production

If additionally interested see:  A Breed of Noble Bloods, Beef by the Bay, the Wye Angus website www.wyeangus.umd.edu

NC BQA

We believe in the BQA standards and follow them to raise our cattle humanely, 100% grass-fed throughout their entire lives, and slaughtered with due care and safety.  We use Blalock meat processing to slaughter and butcher our beef. They provide our beef customers quality/wholesome prime steaks along with a variety of beef cuts for grilling, roasting, and cooking.   

The right way is the only way!  BQA yields results through:

  • Better Beef – Continuous improvement is ingrained at Sycamore Hill Farm because “it’s the right thing to do!” not only for the animals but for our consumers and our environment.  We work daily to keep our herd safe, healthy, and secure along with keeping the land productive and sustainable.  We provide our animals with grass/forage and pristine water, health care that prevents disease along with facilities and handling practices that promote safe and humane movement.
  • Healthier Animals  - Animal care is at the heart of everything we do; we have a shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane, and sustainable manner.  The following BQA standards in raising healthy cattle are followed rigorously at Sycamore Hill Farm:
  1. Facilities – Our barns, sheds, and cattle facilities are remodeled and improved with cattle comfort  and safety in mind.
  2. Genetics – Wye Angus at Sycamore Hill Farm are genetically connected to Wye Plantation Angus.  They are one of the most documented herds in the world rivaled only by such programs as the Line 1 Herefords of Ft. Keogh Research Center, Miles City, Montana.  These cattle require little maintenance during calving season, are excellent mothers with good instincts, are highly feed efficient (intense grazers), and well known for their gentle nature.  
  3. Nutrition – Our herd grazes continuously on grass.  They are never fed cornstalks, soybean meal, cotton seeds, corn, barley, sugar beets, or distiller’s grains.  They graze on nothing but mountain grasses roaming free at Sycamore Hill Farm.
  4. Health Management – Sycamore Hill Farm utilizes the services of a herd veterinarian.  We have a strong relationship with our licensed veterinarian in a veterinarian-client-partnership.  We utilize the expertise of our herd veterinarian when it comes to vaccinations.  Antibiotics are never used except for an unusual sick animal who would then be separated from the herd.  Our choice for our customer is to ensure that they feel confident in the beef they purchase from our farm.  
  5. Humane Slaughter – Our slaughter facility goes to extreme lengths to ensure that our cattle receive high-quality care throughout this process.  Responsible transport and handling is the norm at Sycamore Hill Farm.
  6. Quality Assurance – Practices at Sycamore Hill Farm, are provided with guidance, support, best practices, protocols, and ongoing evaluation that the BQA program provides to the beef industry.  The BQA program ensures the consumer, the animal, the environment, and the beef community that beef farmers operate fully within the BQA guidelines.  
  7. Smarter Resource Management – In cattle farming we manage our operation to protect the quality of natural resources including wildlife and biodiversity.  Conservation of our farm land is extremely important to our business.  We manage manure and waste in a proper manner so that we safeguard our air and water quality.
  8. Stronger Communities – We are committed at Sycamore Hill Farm to:  
  • support families while focusing on future generation,
  • give back to our greater community,
  • contribute to the local economy,
  • maintain workplace health and safety consistently at Sycamore Hill Farm,
  • hold a high priority on workplace education and training

FROM:  NC Beef Quality Assurance Standards (BQA) see website:  www.nccattle.com