FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

POULTRY

 

What does "pastured" mean?

We offer pastured poultry which means the birds are raised outside, eating fresh greens and bugs from the ground while getting plenty of sunlight and fresh air. Our pastured poultry is raised in a bottomless pen, outside, which is moved to a new plot of pasture every morning giving them the fresh eats and bedding every day.  

 

Is your poultry considered "organic"?

All of our animals are raised naturally, strictly on pasture, with no hormones or antibiotics. We are not certified organic but use organic principles in our farming practices.

 

How big are the birds?

The chickens range from 4 to 5 lbs. We now offer BIG chickens once or twice a year, which will average 5 to 6-1/2 lbs. The broad-breasted white turkeys range from 15-22 pounds with a few toms that top the 25-lb mark.

 

How long do you raise the birds before processing?

The chickens are raised to 9 weeks of age (young and tender) while the turkeys are 18 weeks old when processed for Thanksgiving. We have raised Muscovy ducks in the past, and they take a total of 14-17 weeks.

 

How much does the poultry cost?

Please see "Product List and Pricing" for a price list of all of our poultry products.

 

When can we pick up your products?

Birds are available fresh between 9:00 a.m. and noon on the specified pick-up dates, to be picked up at the farm. We also have frozen chickens available year round, pending availability.

 

Are the birds dead when we receive them? (We actually receive this question quite often!)

Yes, the birds are dressed, bagged and oven ready.

 

How long can the poultry be left in the refrigerator before needing to cook it?

We suggest the chickens should be in the refrigerator for no more than five days. The turkeys will stay fresh in the refrigerator for seven days, as after they are processed they are "flash frozen," which means the outside of the bird is slightly frozen, still soft to the touch, and still considered a fresh turkey. If you are planning to prepare it for a meal later than Thanksgiving Thursday, freeze the turkey until just days before preparing.   Thawing time estimate is one day per 4-5 pounds of meat. You may actually freeze the poultry for over one year and still have a very juicy and tender meat. Believe it or not, we are still eating some chickens that we processed even before last season and every time I make a meal with these, Brandon cannot believe it is one of "last year’s" chickens!

 

If you don’t use any vitamins or antibiotics, how do the birds stay healthy?

Because we do not have our birds cooped up (no pun intended) inside, they are receiving part of their vitamins and minerals from the fresh greens and bugs they consume outside and part from the natural ingredients in their feed. They are actually much healthier than a bird injected with synthetics because their immune systems are required to keep them strong and healthy rather than relying on man-made synthetics.

 

Why can I buy chicken at the store for half the cost?

The difference is in the raising and processing. Factory birds, those raised in exorbitant quantities to sell to stores, are raised inside a factory with a million other birds: No sunlight, fresh air, fresh greens, etc. They are often injected with hormones to contribute to a quicker and larger-grown bird and are finally processed and frozen in a manner that will allow them to transport to stores and sit until purchased by the consumer. For a detailed look at how we raise, feed, process and get the birds to our customers, please see the "Poultry Info" section. 

 

Are your birds de-beaked?

No, they need to be able to pick at the grass and bugs. This is especially important for the turkeys because they need to forage quite a bit. Because their bodies know they are receiving all of their needed nutrients, this diminishes their "cannibalism" tendencies.  

 

Does your poultry have "bloody bones?"

No. We take care in the butchering process so as to bleed the birds as well as possible to limit this problem.

 

 

PORK

 

What cuts are available?

By purchasing a 25-pound box you would receive 2-lb. pork roasts, pork chops in packages of 2, pork steaks, 1-lb. packages of bacon, brats, breakfast sausage and bulk sausage and an optional half ham (approximately 6-8 lbs.). If you order a whole or half hog, you will be put in contact with our butcher to request your own choices of cuts and packaging sizes appropriate for your family. Cuts available from the butcher include the following: Whole or half ham - fresh or smoked, ham steaks - fresh or smoked, bacon, roasts, pork chops, pork steaks, spare ribs, country ribs, bratwurst, brat patties, breakfast sausage (two kinds), ground pork or seasoned pork sausage, hocks, liver, and lard (already rendered if you choose).

 

How do I order?

You may place your order either online by clicking on "Order Form" or by calling us at 262-629-9423.

 

Where do I pick up my pork?

You may pick up your pork here at Dominion Valley Farm.  As our butcher (Quality Cut Meats, Inc., 125A Milwaukee Avenue, Cascade, WI, phone 920-528-8424) may be quite a driving distance for our customers, we will gladly pick up your whole/half pig orders and have them here at the farm.  Of course, if it would be more convenient for you to pick up at Quality Cut Meats, please make these arrangements with us.  We ask that you pick up your pork at the farm in a timely manner, as we will not have adequate freezer space for all orders.   

 

What is the bottom line cost?

Please see "Pork Info" for a detailed breakdown of prices.  

 

How much do the pigs weigh?

The weights of hogs differ due to breed, length of time raised and a host of other factors, but the average live weight is 200-260 pounds; thus, a half hog has an average weight of 100-130 pounds. The amount of meat in pounds you would take home is 75-80% of the hanging weight. The 25-pound box is approximately one-sixth of a hog. Please click on Pork Info for more explanation on the live weight versus hanging weight versus take-home pounds of meat.  

 

How much space will this take up in my freezer?

The 25-pound boxes of pork are 12” x 12” square. Each cut is individually wrapped so can be removed from the box and arranged to fit your freezer space. A half hog of 80 pounds would take up almost three times as much space, and a whole hog of 170 pounds six to seven times as much space.  

 

Is your pork considered organic?

“Farmer Certified Organic Pork” – Our pork is raised naturally, strictly on pasture, with no hormones or antibiotics. We are not certified organic but use organic principles in our farming practices.

 

 

BEEF

 

How do you sell your beef?

We sell our beef in 25-pound boxes and also individual cuts.  Due to limited quantities we do not sell beef by the half or quarter.  Please see the "Beef Info" section for a listing of cuts included in the 25-lb. boxes.

 

Is your beef considered organic?

“Farmer Certified Organic Beef” – Our beef is raised naturally, strictly on pasture, with no hormones or antibiotics. We are not certified organic but use organic principles in our farming practices.

 

How is grass-fed beef different?

Our Galloway grass-fed beef is a much leaner meat and thus is much healthier for you. We do not need to finish our steers on corn or any other grain to get the much-desired “marbling” effect because the Galloway breed begins to marble intramuscularly at a young age.

 

How do I cook this lean meat?

Because of the lower content of fat, you will need to reduce your cooking time by approximately one-third.  We will provide you with some delicious recipes and cooking tips using Galloway lean beef, or you can go to "Recipes" on our website for other great ideas. 

 

How much space will this take up in my freezer?

The 25-pound boxes of pork are 12” x 12” square. Each cut is individually wrapped so can be removed from the box and arranged to fit your freezer space.

 

How do I order?

You may place your order either online by clicking on "Order Form" or by calling us at 262-629-9423.

 

 



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