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What is the delivery fee?
Our delivery service is FREE
Will I still need to buy from my local Butcher?
Yes you will. Not being a butcher means that we do not keep your most desired cuts in a cool room ready for sale. Our business is based on delivering bulk pre purchased sales therefore we cannot offer you the service a Butcher can. We regard our business as supplementary to your usual buying pattern.
Is Somerton Park Beef always available?
Unfortunately it isn’t and we can’t pretend that it is. There is a natural growth period and depending on demand it may well be the case that animals do not reach the required weights for processing so this gap is something we can’t do anything about.
Grass-Fed Vs Grain-Fed Beef, what’s the difference?
The way cattle are fed can have a major effect on the nutrient composition of the beef. Whereas cattle today are often fed grains, the animals we ate throughout evolution roamed free and ate grass. Many studies have shown that the nutrients in beef can vary depending on what the cattle eat.
It’s not only important what we eat. It also matters what the foods that we eat, ate.
Most Bovines start out living similar lives. The calves are born in the spring or autumn, drink milk from their mothers and are then allowed to roam free and eat grass, shrubs or whatever edible plants they find in their environment.
This continues for about 6 to 12 months. After that, the “conventionally” raised cows are moved to feedlots.
Large feedlots are concentrated animal feeding systems which are quite unnatural environments for cattle to be placed in.
There, the cattle are rapidly fattened up with grain-based feeds, usually made with a base of soy or corn.
The conventionally raised cows are often given drugs and hormones to grow faster, as well as antibiotics to survive the unsanitary living conditions. The cows live there for a few months and are then moved into the factory for slaughtering.
Compare that to grass-fed cattle, which may continue to live on grassland for the remainder of their lives.
What is Aged Beef?
Dry-aged beef is beef that has been hung or placed on a rack to dry. After the animal is slaughtered and cleaned, either the entire or half will be hung. The length of time it is hung depends upon the outcome required by the customer and can be a commercial decision. The process changes beef by two means. Firstly, moisture is evaporated from the muscle. This creates a greater concentration of beef flavour and taste. Secondly, the beef’s natural enzymes break down the connective tissue in the muscle, which leads to more tender beef.
What is a Hormonal Growth Promotant (HGP)?
A HGP is either a supplement of hormones that naturally occur in all cattle – oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, or an analogue which supplements their action to stimulate growth. They come in the form of small implants placed under the skin on the back of the ear, slowly releasing a low dosage over a period of time – usually 100 to 200 days, depending on the product used. We choose NOT to use HGP’s.