We truly hope our photos speak clearly as to whom this section should really apply. Attadale Farm is not about the owners, Steve and Sandy Fahsbender. It's not about the farm's name's sake, Atta Fahsbender, my grandmother or Dale Fahsbender, my father (Attadale Farm). Farmers from Illinois, they both obviously had profound influences on my life, but this farm is not about us.
The "us" is undeniably and umnistakably about the animals on our farm. It is the animals that have the ultimate and greatest value. We personally will never have offspring to offer you for a tasty nutritious meal. We may be clever and witty, smart and well respected, honest and trustworthy, but that doesn't bring enough at the market to keep the farm viable. The smartest we can be is to try to keep the animals happy, healthy, safe and satisfied while they are under our care. The most untrustworthy we can be is to squander the true value each animal entrusted to us intrinsically possesses and offers to us all.
We purchased an Amish farm that needed a grazing and pasture make over. We installed a pressurized frost-free stock tank watering system that collects rain water in fenced ponds and then pumps it to the various paddocks for the animal's free consumption. We have planted the pastures with a combination of 10, NON- GMO grasses, legumes and alfalfa to increase the availability of quality growing grass for the animals throughout the cool and warm seasons. Our fertilization is accomplished by natural means:cow manure which returns 80% of the nurtrients they eat to the soil, tramping vegetable mattter into the soil (decaying plant matter is a super source of nutrients for the soil), and applying crushed rock for minerals.
Insect control is accomplished naturally by encouraging our natural bird life to flourish, chickens, rotational grazing which keeps our pastures at reasonable heights and cutting and bailing.
Because we are satisfied with our combination of grasses, we either rotationally mow and bale our own hay or employ a process called stockpiling (leaving certain paddocks ungrazed) so our animals can consume the same quality pasture in the winter or when snow, ice, drought or whatever else may prevent access to the grasses.
Finally, we graze our sheep and cattle together or one after the other. This process helps keep to a minimim the ingestion of parasites which can infest the lower level of the pasture grasses. Remember, OUR ANIMALS EAT RIGHT SO YOU CAN TOO!
Not All Cars That Burn Gas Are the same.
Not all cows that burn grass are the same.
After months of research, investigation , comparison, analization and now years of production, Attadale Farm is fortunate to have, glad to raise and proud to offer Galloway beef. The Galloway is what a beef cow should be and is the "best" grass-fed choice. It is the source of a healthy, tender, juicy, flavorful and cost effective meal. The Galloway is one of the oldest original breeds and is highly suited for grass grazing. Unlike the Angus, dairy crosses and contemporary breeds, the Galloway has not been altered to improve its finishing characteristics in
today's feedlots on starches, grains, hormones, antibiotics and asthma medicine. The Galloway has not been bred to be pasture or feedlot giants. They are bred pure and still maintain the original characteristics that consistently score them high on meat carcass and tenderness quality tests. The Galloway are known for their impeccable marbeling potential, tenderness, juciness and highly desirable taste. It's what we eat and enjoy! Why would we sell you less?
How Do We Work?
It's very simple. we take care of those who take care of us.
Those Who Make It All Possible