These two female longhorn cattle were recently spotted grazing on grass at North Quarter Farm on the corner of Roanoke and Reeves Avenue in Riverhead.
Longhorn cattle in Riverhead: Sunday Scene
Farm owner Dee Muma acquired five bulls, two females and two calves at the end of 2013 from a farm in Pennsylvania. She follows what she calls the “farmer’s pledge” using the same standards as organic farming to raise them without using artificial hormones and feeding them a grass diet.
Longhorn cattle descended from animals imported by Spanish explorers. They evolved into a hearty cow which can take a lot of adversity.
Muma said that they have a similar nutritional profile as bison with less fat than regular beef, lower cholesterol and higher omega-3 fatty acids.
She plans on offering some cuts of the beef in her restaurant, Dark Horse in Riverhead, in January 2015.
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