Little River Farm is located in the western mountains of North Carolina in Alleghany County along the banks of the Little River.The farm has been in existence for generations and with good farming practices has supported several of the Edwards families with a livelihood. The farm has been through the normal changes of progress, from horse drawn equipment and extreme manual labor to modern equipment and labor saving techniques. This farm land has produced excellent horses, dairy and beef cattle for the past century. The farm was voted Farm of the Year in the late 70’s.
We are proud of our land and the quality of the products and services we can provide. We invite you to give us a call at 336-657-0164, or come by and visit us here at Little River Farm.
I was born in the mountains of northwest North Carolina in 1953. My childhood was absolutely wonderful for a boy that just wanted to be outside. We were far from being rich but we had what we needed. I was blessed with parents that wanted us to have things that I know now was tough on their tight budget. Dad was a dairy farmer and mom a homemaker. Almost all our food was grown or raised right there on the farm. We had dairy and beef cattle, sheep, hogs, chickens, and always a large garden. We killed our own beef, hogs, and sheep. The garden was canned or frozen for year round use, and there was always cold fresh milk. We were taught from a young age to value what you had and not to waste.
I attended Sparta Elementary School and then went to Alleghany High School. By the time I graduated from high school my interest had turned to cars. So, I enrolled in the Auto Mechanics program at Wilkes Community College. The knowledge I gained in that program proved valuable in the future operation and efficiency of the farm. After college I came back home and went into a partnership with my dad on the family dairy.
In 1976 dad retired, and I took over the dairy and expanded it to a 300 cow operation, milking 3 times a day. This was continued until 1994 when milk prices and government buyouts and regulations led me to the decision to sell the dairy cows and convert to beef cattle.
From 1994 until now we have increased our herd by hand picking our best heifers for replacement and culling cattle less desirable. As a result, we have a productive herd of cattle for our grass fed beef operation.
Farming is more than what I do, it’s who I am. It is all I have ever known. There is nothing in the world I would rather do. I am honored to continue the legacy that was started in my family over 100 years ago. I am proud to be a farmer.
The grass fed beef we have for sale is raised here on the farm. We do not purchase outside cattle except for the normal rotation of the herd bulls every 3 years. Our cattle are primarily Angus and Beefmaster. The hay that is fed during the winter is grown and harvested here on the farm. The cattle are on rotational grazing which produces meat with an excellent lean / fat ratio. The beef is processed at a USDA facility and we have NC Meat Handlers License. You can be assured of a healthy great tasting cut of meat for your family.AVAILABLE CUTS OF BEEF
Grass fed beef is higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
Grass-fed beef is higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
Grass-fed beef is lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease
Grass fed beef is higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
Grass fed beef is lower in total fat than grain fed beef.
Two new studies suggest that grassfed meat and dairy products may reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Grass-fed beef is higher in total omega-3s
Some commercial feedlots feed stale candy to cattle in an effort to reduce costs. According to a recent review, milk chocolate and candy "are often economical sources of nutrients, particularly fat. They may be high in sugar and/or fat content. Milk chocolate and candy may contain 48% and 22% fat, respectively. They are sometimes fed in their wrappers. Candies, such as cull gummy bears, lemon drops, or gum drops are high in sugar content." The article recommends that "upper feeding limits for candy or candy blends and chocolate are 5 and 2 lb. per cow per day, respectively."
Grass-fed beef is higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
Beef Sirloin Tips
Beef for Stew
Beef Tip Roast
Beef Rump Roast
Ground Beef Patties
Beef Round Steak
Beef Tenderized Steak
Beef T-Bone Steak
Beef Ribeye Steak