We stand behind our ethically raised Island Beef, where animals are humanely treated. Our commitment to you, is to provide the best Island Grown, Island Raised beef possible.
Backgrounding properties are where cattle gain most of their weight. During the spring and summer, cattle graze on pasture, minimally with 1 acre for each cattle, to ensure sustainable farming practices. In fall and winter, grazing areas grow too wet for foraging, so cattle are fed hay harvested from local farms during the summer months.
Depending on whether cattle are grass or grain finished, they might be sent to a feedlot, or a finishing property. Grain finished cattle typically have a higher fat content than grass finished cattle. Most beef we consume is grain finished, which helps achieve the marbling we're all familiar with.
Once they're ready, cattle go to Gunter Bros. Meat Co. Ltd.. Gunter Bros. is the ony facility on Vancouver Island that guarantees 100% traceability, meaning we can trace every package of meat on our shelves back to the ranch it came from.
At Red Barn, our commitment to local produce is firmly rooted in Vancouver Island’s rich agricultural heritage, a tradition of sustainable farming that dates back over 100 years.
We source as much of our meat and produce as possible from farms right here on Vancouver Island. We believe in keeping food miles to a minimum, in supporting local farms and farmers, and keeping connected to our community. Learn more about Red Barn at redbarnmarket.ca.
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