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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. <>.