were only two types of wild cattle in prehistoric times. There were the
Aurochs of Europe and the Zebu of Asia, India and Africa.
stockmen learned they could improve on certain traits if they mated
animals with desired characteristics. Some wanted better milk producers
while others wanted bigger, stronger animals to pull carts. When cattle
were no longer needed to pull carts, they were improved to create beef
Soon stockmen raising certain types of cattle created
registries and formed organizations to develop standards and rules that
breeders must follow when selecting their animals. Thus, the
characteristics of each breed were established and standardized.
there are many beef breeds with different characteristics in size,
muscling, milking ability, calf size, carcass traits (lean or fat),
weather tolerance, hair color, markings, etc. Some have horns and
others are polled (hornless). Many modern breeds are mixes of early
At our farm, we produce Hereford/Black Angus
Crosses from the British cattle breeds Hereford and Aberdeen Angus.
Herefords have a red body; white face, feet, belly, flanks, crest, and
tail switch; large frame and good "bone." Their bones are heavier than
many breeds. Angus are black cattle (occasionally a spot of white at
rear of belly) and genetically polled. Angus calve easily, are popular
for meat quality, fast finishing, lack of horns and maternal qualities.
beef cattle are taken to a local meat processor, M. L. Mitchell &
Son Meat Processing in Walnut Cove, NC for processing. Our meat is USDA
inspected and it is available for purchase in our Farm Store.
It is vacuum sealed, labeled and frozen by our processor in portion
quantities per package. For example, there is usually one steak per
package and our hamburger is in one pound packages. Packages are sold
by weight and package weight will vary slightly.
Our beef cattle
are raised on grass only with free choice minerals provided. Any hay
they receive, only if grass is covered by snow, is grown on our farm
using no sprays or commercial fertilizers.
2015 Beef Quality Assurance & Beef Cattle Care Training Cow/Calf Certified
Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
Farmstead Goat Dairy
3255 Buffalo Creek Farm Road
Germanton, NC 27019