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Chapel Ridge Farms is a family farming operation located in Southern Adams County in South Central Pennsylvania on 400 acres of land free of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides where we raise Santa Gertrudis cattle without the use of antibiotics and hormones; which is then sold at an on-site farm store.
Having been raised on farms as were our forefathers, we have always strived to produce beef that tastes like good, farm-fresh, unprocessed meat should taste. Sustainable farming practices mixed with hard work and a strong belief in meeting consumer demands have resulted in the production of tasty, lean, healthy beef that not only tastes good, but also will not harm you.
Our Santa Gertrudis cattle are naturally lean, smooth muscled, hardy and gentle, which results in lean, tender, and juicy meat. You may have experienced lean meat that is dry, tough, stringy and tasteless. Just as humans have different body types, so do cattle. European breeds of cattle have a large amount of body fat to provide warmth and energy in cold climates. You can reduce the feed intake of a European breed and produce a lean animal; it will not however have the favor and juiciness of an animal that is genetically bred to be lean, which our cattle are. We encourage you to visit the history of the Santa Gertrudis breed located at Santa Gertrudis Breeders International.
Chapel-Ridge Farms currently runs 5 herds with completely different bloodlines to insure proper breeding as well as maintaining a "closed herd", meaning that we don't buy other cattle at sales and bring them to our farms to feed and fatten. We raise cattle from conception to consumption. When calves are "weaned off" they are evaluated and divided into three groups: (1) Freezer Beef; (2) Purebred Breeding Stock; (3) Commercial Stock.