Sugar Hill Farm, Pennsylvania | 100% Grass Fed Organic Beef and Special Events

100% Grass Fed Organic Beef and Special Events in Pennsylvania

Welcome to Sugar Hill Farm, located in the humble mountains of North Central Pennsylvania, just minutes from the town center of St. Mary's

We raise organic grass fed beef and free range chicken through sustainable agriculture practices.  Our farm is also a wonderful location for your wedding, reunion or special event

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Winter 2016

Up through the end of December the grass continued to stay green and even grew a little. The cattle kept nibbling on it and they clearly were getting nutrition from it because they didn’t need much additional haylage. Now the cold weather and snow are here so they’re getting most of their nutrition from what we feed them. They also browse on tree buds and other types of forbs. They are very efficient animals! There were two very windy days with single digit and below zero temperatures. It’s hard not to relate our discomfort in the cold to them, so I over fed them. When the wind stopped and it warmed a little, I went to feed them and they were all so full they didn’t even move after I spread out the feed. They are fat and happy! But that’s the way we want them.

These cattle are content. Just chewing their cud and watch-ing me spread their feed. I over fed them the days before. So they waste it; they lay in it, poop in it, play with it. But at least we know they’ve had plenty. That waste will make organic matter that helps keep the soil rich and healthy. The organic matter is home for microbes and earthworms. So it’s never really wasted.

These cattle are content. Just chewing their cud and watch-ing me spread their feed. I over fed them the days before. So they waste it; they lay in it, poop in it, play with it. But at least we know they’ve had plenty. That waste will make organic matter that helps keep the soil rich and healthy. The organic matter is home for microbes and earthworms. So it’s never really wasted.

There is absolutely a pecking order in the herd and it’s always interesting to see which ones end up at the top. This is Vera, one of our gentlest and friendliest cows. When she was very young, she was at the bottom of the pecking order. The cows at the bottom get pushed aside by everyone else until they’ve had their fill. So I used to take feed to Vera and chase the other cows away while she ate. As a result, she’s quite tame. She’s also very pretty. So I think she’s one that will never get sent to butcher.

There is absolutely a pecking order in the herd and it’s always interesting to see which ones end up at the top. This is Vera, one of our gentlest and friendliest cows. When she was very young, she was at the bottom of the pecking order. The cows at the bottom get pushed aside by everyone else until they’ve had their fill. So I used to take feed to Vera and chase the other cows away while she ate. As a result, she’s quite tame. She’s also very pretty. So I think she’s one that will never get sent to butcher.

There’s a small opening mid-way up the wall of the chicken coop. There’s a ramp down to the ground. This is how the chickens go in and out whenever they want, but predators don’t walk up the ramp. However, predators can fly in the opening, as did this Cooper’s Hawk. It killed two chickens and had a good meal before we found it. Andy caught it by the legs with our chicken catching hook and took it outside. Hopefully getting caught like that convinced it to stay away!

There’s a small opening mid-way up the wall of the chicken coop. There’s a ramp down to the ground. This is how the chickens go in and out whenever they want, but predators don’t walk up the ramp. However, predators can fly in the opening, as did this Cooper’s Hawk. It killed two chickens and had a good meal before we found it. Andy caught it by the legs with our chicken catching hook and took it outside. Hopefully getting caught like that convinced it to stay away!

Blue found Abby the cat behind some of the big wrapped bales in the bitter cold when Abby was just a few days old. We didn’t think Abby would survive but I guess she just used one of her lives. Blue subsequently adopted Abby. They have been buddies ever since and usually sleep togeth-er at night.

Blue found Abby the cat behind some of the big wrapped bales in the bitter cold when Abby was just a few days old. We didn’t think Abby would survive but I guess she just used one of her lives. Blue subsequently adopted Abby. They have been buddies ever since and usually sleep togeth-er at night.

100% Grass Fed
Never fed grain!