Berriedale Farms is located in the Cowpasture River Valley of Virginia.
Nelson Hoy and Lizzie Biggs are conservationists and how we manage the farm’s forests and grasslands, river and drafts are governed by a progressive conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy. Nelson and Lizzie have made life-long commitments to preserve the unique grass fed genetics of heritage Red Poll cattle and to breed critically rare Suffolk draft horses. We endeavor to raise the healthiest and the most flavorful, tender and juicy grass-fed and -finished beef anywhere east of the Mississippi River.
Red Poll cattle at Berriedale Farms are raised on native grasses, legumes and forbs.
Berriedale allows its cattle the time, space and peacefulness necessary to live into full maturity.
We do not rush our cattle to market and sacrifice beef quality for the economy of throughput.
Berriedale does not use growth hormones, prophylactic antibiotics or insecticide implants.
Nelson and Lizzie ensure that our Red Poll cattle have free access to cool, clear and water.
Red Poll cattle at Berriedale Farms have free-choice access to essential minerals and salt.
We do not use herd dogs, electric cattle prods or separate individuals from their herd mates.
Berriedale Farms patronizes a certified humane meat processing plant.
Veterinary care includes vaccinations, antibiotics, surgeries and fly control measures.
Berriedale Farms, Nelson and Lizzie serve health-conscious families that value environmentally-sound farm practices and who choose to patronize a small family farm in rural Appalachia. We harvest ten (10) beeves each year and that’s it. Nelson and Lizzie enjoy an extended “family” relationship with about 200 households, most located within 200-odd miles. Many families with children visit Berriedale Farms and stay in our Cabin on the Cowpasture.
Come join our farm family!