Rheintal works with more than eight certified organic producers, using the same standards. The majority of the races are composed of a hybrid of three species of cattle: The breeding females are a mix of Hereford and Simmental. The reproductive male is a purebred Angus. This mix provides a meat that’s both tender and lean with a nice marbling. This genetic mix maximizes the qualities of these three breeds and produces delicious meat for all palates.
Rheintal cares about the welfare of the animals. No antibiotics or growth hormones are used, and animals are provided with natural living conditions.
During the summer, the steers are raised outside the buildings in a pasture where they enjoy the freedom to roam and graze on some herbs. At night or when the weather is not favorable, the animals are protected inside the barn. Management of grazed pasture is done to ensure the best quality herbs are given to the animals.
In winter, the animals stay inside the barn, have access to straw bedding and eat quality forage which was harvested in the summer.
Organic Meadow Beef feeding
The diet of Rheintal beef is organic forages, a mixture of legumes (clover, alfalfa, birdsfoot trefoil) and grasses (timothy, bromegrass, fescue, ryegrass). This assures the best quality meat, rich in vitamin E, linoleic acids (Omega-3s) and free of chemicals, growth hormones and GMOs.
Organic Meadow Beef welfare
There are no antibiotics or growth hormones in the raising of the steers. The only products used are natural, such as apple cider vinegar with garlic, marine algae, and diatomaceous earth as vermifuge. In case of illness, the animals are treated with homeopathic medicines.