The Aberdeen Angus, or simply Angus, descends from a Scottish breed of hardy beef cattle native to the counties of Aberdeenshire and Angus in northeastern Scotland. Angus cattle thrive on pastures and forage-based farms, delivering high beef yields with marbling appropriate for tenderness and nutritional benefits.
At Headwater Farms, our Angus cattle are free from the use of hormones and antibiotics, and are grass-fed ― key differentiators which help distinguish Headwater Farms Angus beef not only for taste but for nutrition/health as well.
For many decades, the beef industry has fed cattle high-energy, grain-based diets. This trend began after World War II, with feedlots having access to a post-war oversupply of grain. Cow-calf producers would typically raise their cattle to roughly 700 pounds and then sell them to a feedlot where they would be fed grain until reaching around 1,000 pounds ― a procedure commonly referred to as "finishing." Commonly, beef is fed grain in feedlots for at least 90 days.
By contrast, grass-fed beef refers to cattle having a diet limited to grasses, rather than being finished in a feedlot. Studies have found that such grass-fed beef offers several benefits versus feedlot-finished beef:
The overall fat content of grass-fed beef is low, similar to that of skinless chicken²
All Headwater Farms Angus cattle are pedigreed, having RFID tags from the Canadian Angus Association identifying them as such. The Angus Tag also denotes compliance with the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, a non-profit, industry-led organization established to promote and protect animal health and food safety concerns in the Canadian cattle herd.
In addition, all Headwater Farms beef products are certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Headwater Farms is a proud member of the Canadian Angus Association, whose mission is to provide programs, services, technology and leadership to enhance the genetics of the Angus breed, broaden its influence within the beef industry, and expand the market for superior tasting, high-quality Angus beef worldwide.