From Northeast Missouri to picturesque Tasmania and back! Our founding member, John Wood, has done just that in the last two weeks. His journey started in Stanley, Tasmania. This area is most commonly known for housing the first Trans Bass Strait Cable connecting Tasmania to mainland Australia in 1933.
Why do we import from Tasmania?
To help keep up with demand on specific cuts that would be constantly out of stock without this wonderful resource. There are specific cuts that the animal only produces a certain amount of (think flank steaks, hangers and skirts to name a few). Instead of continuously being out of those items, we source some in from Tasmania as fellow US producers here are unable to meet the demand of these scarce yield cuts. Tasmania is a utopia for beef production with a perfect year round climate for grass growth and animal performance.
The small band of grass-fed producers in the Northwest District of Tasmania have taken a perfect livestock climate and molded in an excellent forage base adapted to the climate. They harvest with cattle genetics designed to produce well marbled beef on grass. The passion and pride exhibited at the carcass show competition on January 10 was most impressive. These families have been working diligently, with the encouragement of the local processor, since 1998 to produce a premium marbled product that has outstanding eating qualities.
Pictured above (left to right): John Bruce a 30 year producer, Johnny Wood, John Wood founding member of US Wellness Meats, Paul Seward a long time producer, Richard Nichols a long time producer, Jamie Oliver an enthusiastic young producer, Trevor Fleming meat salesman at Greenham
Because more and more people are discovering the health benefits of grass-fed beef the market is growing rapidly. To keep up with this demand we added this group of elite grass farmers from Tasmania. All products sourced from Tasmania are listed as such on the website.
The picturesque island of Tasmania is the ideal place for grazing cattle as the temperate climate allows for grazing year round. No hormones or GMOs are even allowed on the island. Air quality is recognized as the gold standard for purity on the globe. Tasmania is slightly larger than the state of West Virginia and is covered by some of the finest grass in the world. The cattle raised in Tasmania are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished just like the cattle raised at our farms in the Midwest. From the moment our animals are weaned from their mothers, they consume high quality forage for the rest of their lives. Raising the cattle on strictly grass ensures high levels of CLA, Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamins A and E. To learn even more benefits of grass-fed beef, visit us on YouTube to watch “The Grass-Fed Difference” video.
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