FAQS

Why is it important to preserve independent family farms?

There are many reasons to protect our family farms. Here are just three:

  • You will enjoy meat that is healthier and tastier than beef produced thousands of miles away
  • You will preserve farmland and prevent it from conversion to housing developments and strip malls
  • You will strengthen our local food system and our local economy

How does beef become BQA certified?

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a national program. Virginia is part of the Mid-Atlantic chapter. Members who join the BQA program are committed to producing and managing cattle in a manner that will result in safe and wholesome meat for the consumer. Specifically, the BQA works to reduce residues, pathogens, and other defects in the meat.

More information can be found at the BQA site  and Virginia Tech’s Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences.

What is the difference between grass-fed, grass-finished, and grain-finished beef?

Nearly all beef cattle are grass-fed during most of their lives.  However, there is a big difference in how cattle are finished or what they eat prior to slaughter. Grass-finished cattle are fed grasses and forage in the last few months before slaughter. Grass-finishing takes longer than grain-finishing to fatten the cattle so the resulting beef can be more expensive.

By contrast, grain-finished beef are fed grain in attention to grasses and forages during the last few months before slaughter. Most consumers are familiar with the taste and look of grain-finished beef.

Does SVBC sell grass-finished or grain-finished beef?

Grain-finished beef

Do you adhere to the humane handling principals that Dr. Temple Grandin recommends?

Yes. We respect Dr. Grandin’s work. If you’re unfamiliar with these recommendations, you may read more about it here.

Is beef bad for me?

No. Beef can be part of any healthy diet because it provides necessary protein, ten essential nutrients, and healthy Omega 3 fats. For example, Vitamin B12 can only be obtained from animal sources and is abundant in beef. In addition, beef is an excellent source of vital minerals like zinc, iron, and magnesium, too.

Do you sell your meat online?

Not at this time.

Do you sell your meat wholesale to restaurants and retailers?

Yes. Please contact information@shenandoahvalleybeefcoop.com.

I buy your meat because I believe in the Shenandoah Valley Beef Co-Op mission. What else can I do to support your organization?

Thank you. Please help us get the word out by telling your friends and family, and by requesting our meat at your local supermarket.

How can I join the co-op?

Please review the production guidelines and contact information@shenandoahvalleybeefcoop.com to discuss if you’re a good fit.