We're Matt and Brit and we are passionate about connecting you with your food and the hands that raised it. We’re first generation farmers who started our farm with passion and a desire to learn.
Our farm is located just outside of Madison, Wisconsin in the beautiful, rolling hills of southern Dane County. We love serving our southern Wisconsin community with meat that delights taste-buds.
be confident in what you’re eating
During our final semester of college farmer Brit was exposed to the documentary Food Inc., which is quite frankly horrific. Food Inc. documents some of the practices in the modern food industry, particularly the meat industry in America. After being confronted in such a dramatic way we had to face the harsh reality that we didn’t know where the pork on our table was raised, how our chicken was fed, or how our burger was processed. The scariest part for us was that we had not even questioned it before.
Flash-forward to our post-college life and we knew we wanted to make a change in our eating and purchasing - of meat products in particular. So we started raising our own cattle, just for us, and put our dollar to work in our local community with our purchases from local farmers. But, our own necessity for knowing how our meat was raised grew into a burning passion to make a bigger impact.
Which leads us to today. We’re raising beef and lamb for dozens of families in our community and keep an open door policy. Our passion is sharing our farm, our livestock and all aspects of of raising beef and lamb with you. From babies we bring home or birth right here on the farm, to their ‘one bad day’, to how we actually feel about the meat industry, we’re open to sharing it all with you. We believe that what you eat shouldn’t be a secret and your farmer shouldn’t be a corporation.
Our promise is to do our best to answer all your questions so you can dine with the confidence that your meat was raised in the manner you expect.
Herefords are 'Brit's Pick' here on our farm. We particularly love this breed because of their warm and docile disposition. However, most importantly they also are awesome performers of turning grass into lean and tender beef. While they may not be as common as Highlands in the grass-fed world they are also great grazers that thrive on this system.
Herefords joined our farm to offer our customers looking for lean but truly 'beefy' cuts.
scottish highland cattle
Scottish Highlands are 'Matt's Pick' and were definitely brought to this farm because of their unique look, long horns and exceptionally lean beef. We particularly love this breed as they are exceptionally smart and docile, they've become our 'dogs' of the farmyard. Their long, shaggy coats keep them warm in our climate allowing them to produce less fat to stay warm than many other cattle breeds. This ability to keep warm without additional fat keeps their meat some of the leanest on the market.
Scottish Highlands produce lean, tender and juicy cuts in smaller portion sizes.
north country cheviot sheep
North Country Cheviot's, NCCs, are our newest farm addition. They are a dual purpose breed, meaning we will harvest for lamb but also for wool. NCC's have a wonderful, mild lamb flavor that is easy for our beef lovers to enjoy. While all our breeds are selected for their meat characteristics and qualities, our North Country Cheviot's also produce wool which we use to make mattress pads and more!
cattle and sheep were 'created to graze'
As ruminants, cattle and sheep were perfectly designed to turn grass into delicious meat; we like to call it their super power. We raise grass-fed and grass-finished beef and lamb. Our livestock spend the growing season on lush pastures and during the winter have free access to hay.
Raising them on grass means that you’ll be buying lean, tender and nutrient rich meat that is packed with seriously ‘all natural flavor.’
healthy land - happy animals - delicious meat
Quality, tasty beef and lamb starts with healthy, happy cattle and sheep. We implement rotational grazing which is specifically designed to give livestock access to the nutrient dense pastures at their peak of flavor and succulence. Our cattle and sheep literally kick their heels up in excitement when they are rotated to a new grazing spot. Rotational grazing has many benefits to our livestock but is also better for our land by minimizing soil loss and improving habitat for other animals like bees, deer and turkeys.
healthy land = happy animals = delicious meat
their last day matters
We are committed to doing whatever we can to improve the lives of our livestock as well as improve the quality of our end product. We are grateful to have a state-inspected mobile slaughter unit that allows us to harvest our animals in their natural environment. Harvesting our livestock here on the farm makes their last day far less stressful and is not only what’s best for them but is also tastier for you.
meat delivered to your door
We love home delivery as much as you do. That's why we offer easy online ordering and delivery of all our beef and lamb products to your doorstep. Each delivery is made by farmer Brit so you can be sure your meat is handled with the care it requires to get it from our farm to you.
more than meat
We believe in using more of the products produced by our cattle and sheep.
We've partnered with A Well Worn Story to bring you leather goods made from our cattle hides. Our hides are tanned in Boone, Iowa and crafted into leather goods back at A Well Worn Story's studio, right here at the farm.
We also offer products made from the wool we harvest off our flock each spring. Our wool is processed into mattress pads in Appleton, Wisconsin, into felting for our leather goods in Poplar Grove, Illinois. We also will be utilizing the hides from our market lambs as we do in our cattle to make another beautiful and locally made product. Our hides will be tanned and turned into rugs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
We're proud to be working with such incredible small businesses that allow us to utilize more of our products locally and sustain-ably.
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Homestead Meats, LLC | Belleville, Wisconsin | 608.712.0997