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Posted 12/12/2014 6:00pm by George Lake.

Thanks to Jesse Bussard for writing this nice article about the farm and Gallagher USA for publishing it! 

Animal Welfare, Quality at Forefront for Grass-Fed Beef Farmer

Posted 6/10/2014 1:31pm by George Lake.

Here is a review of John J. Jeffries, which is a fine dining restaurant in Lancaster, PA.  This restaurant is made even finer in our eyes based on the fact that the feature beef from Thistle Creek Farms! 

Posted 9/26/2013 4:14pm by George Lake.

This year has been a busy year for Thistle Creek Farms in the media world!  In May we had the opportunity of hosting Walt Frank from the Altoona Mirror newspaper at the farm so that he could learn more about how the farm operates and what makes us passionate about what we do.  Then at the end of July we had the pleasure of hosting Chef Sean Cavanaugh of John J. Jefferies restaurant along with NPR’s Marie Cusick.  Then Jesse Bussard who has been out to visit the farm on several occassions wrote up an article for Progressive Forage magazine about our winter feeding program for the cow herd.  To read the articles about these fun farm visits please click on the titles of the articles below!


Ex-pilot raises grass fed beef

By: Walt Frank


Chef knows the cows that go into ‘The Truth’

By: Marie Cusick


Standing corn excellent option for winter-grazing cows

By: Jesse Bussard

Posted 2/21/2010 4:59pm by George Lake.

Beef should be a part of your diet!   Beef has several nutritional perks to it that makes it a beneficial addition to your diet.  It is a great source of Vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and protein.  Additionally, there are many beneficial fats found in beef including omega-3. 


Iron is important for your body because it is a major part of your hemoglobin (blood). Interestingly, iron is commonly deficient in women’s diets.  Dr. Elizabeth Ross’s article goes into detail about iron deficiency and the surprising amount of women that have iron deficiency and don’t realize it.   


Zinc is another mineral found in beef that is needed by many enzymes in the body to function normally.  With zinc’s importance to so many enzymes, inhaling a juicy steak will continue to help maintain things like your immune system, prostate health, wound healing, and other benefits.


Vitamin B12 is essential for maintaining nerve cells, blood cells, and DNA synthesis.  According to Medline Plus, lack of vitamin B12 can lead to “…abnormal neurologic and psychiatric symptoms. These symptoms may include: ataxia (shaky movements and unsteady gait), muscle weakness, spasticity, incontinence, hypotension (low blood pressure), vision problems, dementia, psychoses, and mood disturbances.”1


Fats in beef can sometimes be confusing to understand.  However, many of the fats found in beef are monounsaturated fatty acids that are the same beneficial fatty acids that are found in olive oil2.  The other major fatty acids in beef are stearic acids with are shown to have a neutral effect on blood cholesterol levels in humans.  Even more exciting is that beef is found to contain Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), which is a natural trans fatty acid that can act as a anti carcinogen2


All these benefits and beef is still an amazing source of protein! The protein found in beef contains the amino acids that can not be made by your body, and it has these amino acids in just the right proportions. 


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  1. "Vitamin B12: MedlinePlus Supplements." National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health. Web. 26 Jan. 2010. <>.


  1. Pennsylvania Beef Council - Home. Web. 25 Jan. 2010. <>.
Posted 2/15/2010 6:59pm by George Lake.

 Growing Up

As far back as I remember raising beef cattle has been a part of my life.  During my childhood I would wake up well before the school bus came to our house so that I could feed the cattle.  It wasn’t unusual for me to hop on the school bus, with small pieces of hay entrenching themselves in my hair.  Other fond memories litter my mind, including a time when I assisted the Vet with a prolapsed uterus after a difficult calving and feeding newborn calves a warm bottle.  Being chased through a lush April pasture by a frustrated bull is also a highlight of the past.  I don’t blame the bull, he just wanted loved like everyone else.  Unfortunately for him, we couldn’t let him in with the cows until July or else the calves would have been born too soon.  These experiences endowed me with such characteristics such as a good work ethic, honesty, and respect.  Additionally, it allowed me to gain personal experience and knowledge of where my beef and numerous other products beef cattle provide humanity with. 

Beef in the U.S.

Beef cattle production is the largest single segment of the American Agriculture all the while producing less than 3% of the total U.S. Greenhouse gas emissions1.  Cows also allow American’s to utilize more land to produce food, land which is useless for crop production or other useful endeavors.  This is because of a wonderful thing called a rumen.  A rumen allows a cow to take undigestable fiber from any sort of plant material that humanity can’t use and turn it into beef that you and I can appreciate.  It also provides us with everything from leather to the stearic acid that helps produce your car tires. 

Ending Remarks

The beef animal is a majestic animal under -appreciated and over worked.  They did their part in winning the west and creating America’s cowboy legends.  They never complain and on occasion have been known to be good listeners.  So, lift your fork to Ol’ Bessie the next time you eat a steak or hamburger and thank her for all she has done!


Dustin Brown




  1.  Explore Beef - Home. Web. 15 Feb. 2010. <>.