This beef beguiles with a deep, rich, and bold flavor.
Maturity at Harvest
20 – 29 months
21 days dry-aging
Tillers International in rural Scotts, MI, is–at the same time–a farm, living museum, and educational center with a global reach. Their mission: to preserve and promote traditional technologies in farming, woodw0rking, and metal smithing. Their work enables small villages in third world countries to become self-sufficient. They focus in heritage breeds of livestock and raise their beef on pasture, free of GMOs and growth stimulants: nothing but pasture of rye, orchard grass, clover, alfalfa, and annuals; and, during the cooler months, alfalfa hay from the farm.
At one time called Durham cattle for their origins in the English county of Durham near the River Wear, the Shorthorn was the most popular British breed. Brought to America in the 1700s, it became part of the colonial landscape and spread west with the settlers and pioneers who populated the New World. A dual-purpose breed, the Shorthorn became known for producing high-quality milk and beef, with some breeders focusing on dairy production and others focusing on beef. As a result, in the early 1900s two separate Shorthorn breeds were identified: Milking Shorthorns and Beef Shorthorns, the former falling into serious decline in recent decades. The Milking Shorthorn’s conservation status, in fact, is listed as “critical” by the Conservancy, the most urgent level of conservation priority.
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