Cairncrest Farm is a family owned and operated. We're devoted to producing food of the highest possible quality and eating experience. We believe we can improve our soils and our farm's total vibrancy with judicious, planned grazing by a variety of animals.
Our 100% grass-fed beef and lamb are finished well on forages for peak quality in all the cuts we sell. Pigs are fed on pasture (and fermented hay during the winter), whey, and a limited amount of grain. By limiting the grain and providing abundant pastures, the pigs grow a little more slowly than "conventional," but they more than make up for it with the extra flavor and overall animal health. Beef is currently limited to individual retail cuts because our supply is limited. See our store - cairncrestfarm.com - for pricing and availability.
About $5.75/lb hot hanging weight depending on how much curing and sausage is included (this means close to $8/lb in actual cuts when all is said and done). Cuts can also be purchased by the individual piece through our farm store - cairncrestfarm.com - for pricing.Our pigs are legitimately pastured. They rotate across our pastures during the growing season so that they always have fresh grass and roots in their diet. We dislike pork raised on dirt lots and then labeled "pastured" since we believe pastures are composed of plants, not just dirt.
We feed them a limited amount of grain and unlimited whey as well as the pasture (hay during the winter). They take longer to reach market weight growing on this program, but the flavor of the resulting pork is so superior we think it's worth it.
Our butcher doesn't provide us with individual hanging weights on lambs so we charge by the final retail cut weight for 1/2 lambs - $10.00/lb - We only sell lambs by the half. Check our store for availabilty - cairncrestfarm.comLambs are 100% grass-fed. We raised Katahdins, which are hair sheep (as opposed to wool). Hair sheep are known for their milder flavor. Being grass-fed our lamb is still rich and succulent, but not "sheepy".
What is HCW?
Hot carcas weight (HCW) is the weight taken immediately after slaughter, but before final trim. With beef for example, HCW is approximately 60% of live weight.