Starr Valley Farm Certified Organic Grass Fed Beef Cattle

Starr Valley Farm Certified Organic Grass Fed Beef Cattle Certified Organic Beef Cattle. 100% Grass Fed, Dry Aged Vacuum packed Beef! Please send us an emai We are a Certified Organic Farm and offer beef from our organic 100% grass fed beef cattle.

All of our beef is Dry aged for 3 weeks, vacuum packed and offered in portions equal to 1/8 of an animal. Approx 40-45 lbs. We do not have a farm store and sell all animals in advance and have pre-arranged pickup Saturdays. Please email us directly for pricing and availability . Please also visit our web page starrvalleyfarm.net. Thank you!

Operating as usual

05/13/2021

Happy birthday little guy!

11/29/2020

Curiosity ....

11/23/2020

Happy birthday little fellow!!

11/16/2020

I’ve missed this....

05/24/2020

The cost of paying a visit to our farm: help moving cattle! Thx Mallory Kauffman!

05/24/2020

Bottle feeding my orphan calf with organic whole milk...

Another new resident!
05/02/2020

Another new resident!

05/02/2020
04/25/2020

We missed this birth by minutes....

The first calf of spring is always a welcome sight.  Our very friendly cow “Bow” is the first to arrive and inspect the ...
04/22/2020

The first calf of spring is always a welcome sight. Our very friendly cow “Bow” is the first to arrive and inspect the newest member of the herd.

01/24/2020

This fussy fellow was caught stealing feed in the chicken coop tonight. As each possum can eat as many as 5000 ticks per year, we need them for Lymes disease mitigation. However, we don’t allow them in chicken coop so I moved this Grumpy Gus far enough away that chickens would be in coop with door closed before he walked back.

12/25/2019

Daughter Jean Starr helped me with what might be last roll of the year because it’s about time to herd the cattle to solid ground at barn-yard til spring.

It’s been very fun! Thx to everyone who played along. We hope that everyone is having an awesome Christmas!

12/24/2019

Special roller on a special foggy night! 🌲 🎁

12/24/2019

Very special guest roller confirmed for today. Posting video soon. Merry Christmas! 🎄 

12/23/2019

Welcome our guest Roller : Larry Lizik

12/22/2019

Help from son Tom today. The cattle are becoming well trained to wait for the daily roll... have a great day everyone.

12/22/2019

A very strong guy to help me w a puny bale today. Thx for the help from my nephew and former ace farm hand, Nick Insko.

12/20/2019

Help today...

12/19/2019

Today’s roll had a nice left hook at the end. Baseball fans, would that be a slider?

12/19/2019

Another roll out for viewing enjoyment...

Food line...
12/19/2019

Food line...

12/13/2019

I never get tired of this..

12/09/2019

Rolling out 1000 pounds of hay for cattle to eat.

This pasture needs Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K), and can always benefit from Nitrogen (N ). Instead of taking cattle to barn yard to feed them then hauling manure back to pasture, I’m hauling hay to pasture so the cattle can spread the manure themselves. They do a great job and enjoy their work.

By unrolling the bale, I prevent the cattle from putting all the manure in one giant mud hole.

I also get immense joy from watching that bale convert potential energy into kinetic energy as it accelerates down the hill until nothing is left.

Physics is everywhere. 🙂

Wind isn’t helping today but progress is being made....
11/27/2019

Wind isn’t helping today but progress is being made....

With the blessing of John Sober, Starr Valley Farm began grazing about 40 acres of the Sober Farm a little over a decade...
11/27/2019

With the blessing of John Sober, Starr Valley Farm began grazing about 40 acres of the Sober Farm a little over a decade ago. The elderly Mr. Sober told me that when his own father was on his death bed, he grabbed John by the shirt and said “Don’t you let this place grow up!” His father was alluding to the never ending effort of nature to reclaim cleared agricultural land for brush, saplings and eventually forest. John told me that he realize that his farm was getting away from him and he welcomed my efforts to use and restore his land. Over the years, we mowed brush, spread manure to boost the soil nutrients and spread lime to optimize the land’s pH so grass would out-compete the weeds. We built fence and we rotated cattle through the pastures for up to 9 months per year. When John Sober passed away a few years ago, he left the farm to his youngest son who lives in Illinois. In fall 2018, that son let me know that he and his family had concluded that they would not be moving back to PA and decided they would sell the farm. In early 2019, the ownership of this family farm was transferred beyond their blood line for the first time since 1798 as Starr Valley Farm expanded to annex its land and buildings.

For locals (or non locals) who are curious about the history of the Sober Farm, the attached info might be interesting to you.

Suffice to say that we are grateful for the opportunity to be the official stewards of this land which we have been already working for some time. It would be an amazing thing for our family and its descendants to carry on this duty for even half as long as the Sobers did.

One day at a time...

We are working to save this old barn.  It was built by the Sober Family in 1900.  A prior barn had occupied the same fou...
11/27/2019

We are working to save this old barn. It was built by the Sober Family in 1900. A prior barn had occupied the same foundation since approx 1798 when the farm was established; but 1900 being an election year, the Sober family and at least one of their hands were supporting opposing candidates. When the candidate favored by the Sobers won, a disgruntled farm hand burned down the barn in anger. The new barn was likely built in a hurry so we surmise that green lumber was used, making it prone to some dimensional instability, ie warping. My intention was to put a metal roof on top of the leaky shingle roof but when we discovered there were 3 layers of shingles weighing nearly 50,000 pounds, we had to remove them all and start over. As of today, building has been stabilized w 20 new basement posts, about a half dozen sturdy new beams, a new ridge pole, a new 20’x15’ section of wall, and lots of lumber to level out the roof as best we can. The metal (from Busy Beaver - Home Improvement Centers) is now going on. Stay tuned.

When you get your biggest machine stuck, you better remember your highschool physics.  Thx Joe Staney.
10/13/2019

When you get your biggest machine stuck, you better remember your highschool physics. Thx Joe Staney.

10/13/2019

Video footage of the “unsticking” of 16 Tons of heavy metal. John Starr.

Feeder herd will be almost belly deep in grass  until Thanksgiving.  Goal is to graze til Christmas.  More grazing means...
10/13/2019

Feeder herd will be almost belly deep in grass until Thanksgiving. Goal is to graze til Christmas. More grazing means we use less hay. Hay = time, diesel, and wear on equipment to mow, ted, rake, bale, haul. Then more time and $ to replace soil nutrients as we haul manure back to fields and spread it. Less is more.

The “breeder” herd has this paddock pretty worked over but we have plenty more lush ones ready to graze.  That is a bles...
10/13/2019

The “breeder” herd has this paddock pretty worked over but we have plenty more lush ones ready to graze. That is a blessing for mid October...

Taking new calf for a ride to barn where she & mom can get better acquainted & get this nursing thing down.
05/11/2019

Taking new calf for a ride to barn where she & mom can get better acquainted & get this nursing thing down.

05/05/2019

This dump was a Penn Dot truck in its first life. It was a manure transporter in its second life. In its next life, it will be spare parts and recycled metal. Took 2 tractors to drag it to a place where it can be loaded. Big toys for big boys....

First calf of 2019!  Happy birthday you little bu**er.
05/05/2019

First calf of 2019! Happy birthday you little bu**er.

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Leechburg, PA
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This may have been the best beef burgundy I have ever tasted!
Today was my first pick up from Starr Valley Farm, and I cannot say how much I was impressed. I think John and Margi may be the two nicest people I have ever met! These are pictures of my lunch and dinner today after picking up 40+ pounds of beef and a dozen farm fresh eggs. Delicious! My 4 kids loved it. My 8 year old daughter said this was the best burger she ever ate and my 5 year old daughter ate more beef than I have ever seen her eat in one meal! Looking forward to trying the steaks and other cuts.