Marty and Jonny with their 5 basenjis: Kenzie, Ginger, Kody, Bridget, and Tuffy
We are a cow/calf operation producing young cows with calves at side and bred back. We also have yearling heifers and feeder steers available in spring.
High Meadow Farm is located on 365 acres in the Cascade foothills where we raise beef for people who care about quality, who want to know where their food comes from, and who are concerned how animals are treated. Our beef is 100% traceable. We have a closed herd and raise all the beef we sell on the farm. We care about our land, our animals, and our health.
Our farm was established in 1973 by Martha DeWees, DVM and Jonny Watson.
Dr. DeWees has been involved with polled Hereford cattle for 64 years. She received her Bacherlor of Science in Animal Husbandry and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degreess from Michigan State University. She represented MSU on the livestck judging team and has judged 4-H livestock shows.High Meadow Farm is a member of the Oregon Hereford and the American Hereford Associations.
Martha is the veterinarian and herd manager and Jonny is the farm manager.
Our purebred Polled Hereford cattle are bred for efficiency, fertility, temperament, and soundness. Our cattle are never confined and have free access to pastures year-round. For optimal selection, the breeding program is based on artificial insemination to performance tested bulls. Calving season is in March and April. Performance records are kept on all cattle and cattle receive routine herd heath care.
Our grass-finished beef is raised naturally on non-irrigated pastures supplemented with Oregon-grown hay in winter. We use no feed-grade antibiotics, growth hormones, feed additives, grains or concentrates, just quality forages that animals were intended to eat. The animals are processed in a USDA-inspected plant. To maximize tenderness beef carcasses are hung two weeks and the cuts of meat are double-wrapped and deep frozen.We sell beef by the half, or whole. Custom meat cutting is provided by Mohawk Valley Meats in Marcola.
Benefits of Grass-fed, Farm-raised Beef
Farm-raised, grass-fed beef has many benefits over grocery store meat.The beef is lean; there are no antibiotics or hormones used in the feed. Grass fed beef will have very low E. coli counts compared to grain-fed animals. There is no likelihood of mad cow disease. Grocery store beef comes from boxes shipped from the wholesaler within days of slaughter, not allowing for proper ageing of the beef prior to cutting. There is much less surface contamination than occurs when cuts of meat are handled at both the processor and the retailer and then allowed to sit in refrigeration rather than frozen.