Grass Fed Beef and Lamb
Dragonfly Farms offers all natural, all grass-fed beef and lamb to the Richmond, Virginia area. Our cattle and sheep lead healthy and happy lives on our pastures in Hanover County, Virginia. Grazing the grasses, clovers and other plant material, such as chicory and plantain, the animals thrive.
This is the natural diet of ruminants, not being fed grains and other feed stuffs intended to fatten the animals as quick as possible. The grain diets cause pH imbalances and other health problems in the animals, and the nutritive values of grass fed meats is lost. Grain fed beef does not have the higher content of omega 3 and CLA as grass fed beef does. Besides diet, being outside on pastures with fresh air and sunshine promotes good health and allows the animals to be content, doing what they want to do.
We raise Belted Galloway and Angus cattle and Katahdin sheep on our pastures practicing rotational grazing and common sense farming to improve our environment, enhance our community, and support our family. We do not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides. We do not use hormones or steroids. We do not feed any grain. Our sheep and cattle thrive on natural pasture, consuming what they evolved to eat such as fescue, orchard grass, clovers and rye. For optimum health and quality, they are raised in a low stress environment with every consideration given to their overall well-being. It is important to us to properly finish our cattle on grass. This produces well marbled, tender and flavorful beef.
The Belted Galloway, or Beltie, are known for their ability to produce delicious, tender beef solely from pasture grazing. We raise them for their naturally superior genetics on a grass-fed diet. Our herd also has several Angus and Angus/Belted Galloway crosses. We also enjoy working with Angus cattle. The Angus produce well marbled beef on grass and mature a little quicker than the Belties.
Dragonfly Farms work with Katahdin sheep to produce tasty and healthy meats. Our flock of sheep is growing out on pastures, guarded by a Great Pyrenees guard dog. Our ewes lamb in spring.
For the farmers and their families, producing all natural grass fed meats is a healthy and joyful career and lifestyle. Working outside and getting plenty of exercise are important health promoting benefits. A family can eat well and live well on a farm like this, supporting the community by providing good food and caring for the land. Stewardship of the land and husbandry of the animals are great responsibilities and a noble profession.