Times have changed since we helped Dad butcher beef he had raised here on pasture but finished with both pasture and grain. Dad and Mom, J.C. and Mary Riddle, bought this farm in 1944. Dad had been orphaned as a young boy and he valued the security of his own farm for his family. When he bought the farm it was an abandoned sawmill with a great need for TLC. Dad spent the next 53 years improving and enjoying his farm. He and Mom raised cattle, hogs and chickens and grew garden, wheat, barley and hay. When Mom and Dad were 90 years old they reluctantly left the farm and moved to a retirement apartment in town. Not wishing the farm leave the family they sold it to us. The farm is a great joy to us, our children and grandchildren.


It's Healthy

Grass Fed Beef
Supermarket Beef
  • Well, you already knew that, right?
    That's why you eat a good variety of meats, dairy, fish, veggies, whole grains, good oils, etc.etc.
  • Recently our children educated us to the benefits of "GRASS FED BEEF" and we are convinced of its health and economic benefits. Maybe home grown beef and their garden contributed to Dad's 96 years and Mom's 103 years.
  • The Same is True of Cattle
    They are what they eat.
  • And because they are, feed-lot beef has somewhat deserved the bad press in recent years. To put on maximum pounds they are fed grains, protein supplements, steroids, antibiotics, growth hormones etc. etc.
  • That means that even though feed-lot beef is USDA inspected and "safe" it is definitely not as good as grass fed beef. Cattle were created to graze on grass and legumes. They are not genetically engineered to thrive on a concentrated diet of grains. Grains together with all those supplements put fast weight on cattle but the result is more fat and an imbalance of the Omega 6 (bad) and the Omega 3 (good) essential fatty acids.
  • The Better Option
    In contrast, grass fed beef is as high in good Omega 3 as fish. Grass fed beef is also higher in vitamin E, beta-carotene, CLA and other nutrients proven to help us avoid heart problems, arthritis, obesity and diabetes.
  • You will eat complete healthy beef if you buy grass fed beef. You can know it is grass fed and free of all those supplements if you can see it in the pasture. It is also butchered humanely and locally rather than at some distant slaughterhouse.
  • The Usual Option
    Supermarket beef is feed-lot beef. Most of it is not even U.S. beef. It might be from Canada or South America. For health, buy local grass fed beef from Teddy Bear.
  • We purchase feeder calves in February or March, feed them til spring on grass and alfalfa hay and finish them on our lush pastures from May to August or later. Drive by and see our happy and healthy herd and reserve your half or whole beef.


1. Choose whole, half or mixed quarter of beef and make the appropriate deposit to Teddy Bear Farm. Choose the butcher and indicate your choice. We accept check, VISA or MASTERCARD (call us for credit card order)

2. For whole or half beef you will be provided an order form after harvest of the animal, to fill out your custom order for steak thicknesses, roast sizes, etc.

3. For mixed quarter you will be receiving half of a side of beef, an even mix of front and rear (thus a mixed quarter). Teddy Bear orders mixed quarter as follows: Steaks 1” thick and 2 per package, Roasts 3-4 pounds, ground beef 1 to 1.5 lb packages, half of round steaks will be made into cubed steak, meat from ribs and soup bones will be made into ground beef.

4. Your beef will be butchered on the chosen date and you will be notified of the hanging weight and balance due. You will pay Teddy Bear the balance due before picking up your meat at Dunham’s or Reedy’s, not at Teddy Bear.

5. Your beef will hang in a cold locker for 10-12 days to maximize tenderness.

6. Your beef will be cut, wrapped and frozen and you will be notified by the butcher.

7. You pay the butcher for kill/cut/wrap fees when you pick up your beef.

8. Expect net pounds of beef to equal about 60% of hanging weight, less if boneless.

Whole:         600-750 lbs aprox Hanging Weight - $3.55 lb - $0.65/lb Kill/Cut/Wrap - $400 Deposit

Half:            300-375 lbs aprox Hanging Weight - $3.65 lb - $0.65/lb Kill/Cut/Wrap - $200 Deposit

Mixed Qtr:   150-187 lbs aprox Hanging Weight - $3.75 lb - $0.65/lb Kill/Cut/Wrap - $100 Deposit

SURPRISE, GRASS FED BEEF IS A BARGAIN GRASS FED BEEF IS ALSO THE BEST ECONOMIC DECISION: Grass fed beef from a specialty store averages over $7.00 per pound. Grass fed beef bought as a whole or half a beef averages about $5.00 per pound, net. (That's the magic of purchasing direct from the producer and in quantity.) Grass fed beef has less waste as you cook it. (less fat and less water). Fewer shopping trips and less eating out saves you money.

PLAN AHEAD FOR HEALTHIER BEEF AT A NET LOWER COST: Plan ahead to understand why grass fed beef is healthier for you and your family. Lots of good information is available for you through books and on the internet. Plan ahead to buy a half or whole beef. You'll pay $900 - $1200 for a half beef and it will take up about half of the room in your chest or upright freezer. You may want to group with family or friends to buy a half or save even more buying a whole beef. Plan ahead to cook grass fed beef slightly differently than feed-lot beef. It's leaner and contains less water. It needs to be cooked at lower temperatures. The internet is a great source for grass fed beef recipes and techniques.