About

 Overview
Ashton Glen Farm is located in the township of Beckwith just outside of Ottawa, 10 minutes outside the village of Ashton and 15 minutes from the town of Carleton Place. Situated on 90 acres, Ashton Glen Farm features an old style farm house (log construction of 1885 clapboarded in 1905 when a frame addition and woodshed were added) to go along with many different log farming buildings. Ashton Glen is the home of the Smith's, David, Diane, Jamie, and Danielle. The 90 acre terrain is also home to two dogs, a cat, three horses and a herd of organic angus grass fed beef cattle. With a front 20 acre forest  and numerous fields fenced in the traditional cedar log style, the scenery is absolutely spectacular.
The entire farm is managed in the organic manner. We use no chemicals on our land and we do not administer any pharmaceuticals to the livestock. Our cattle are raised on pasture when the fields are growing and fed on hay harvested at Ashton Glen for winter.
The Taste of Grass Fed Organic Angus
For us, the health and environmental benefits of our farm practice is a a large part of the eating experience.....but the taste is paramount! We believe that you will find the flavour of our 21 day dry aged, lean and well trimmed beef to be superior, the colour inviting, and the texture of truly naturally raised beef addictive. This is sustenance which is good for you, good for the planet and a gastronomic delight. It is food not unlike what your great grandparents would have eaten and is best served with other local produce. Please email us and let us know what you think.
What's in our Beef
Pasture raised respects the ruminant evolution of cattle. They are most happy and certainly most healthy when grazing fresh pasture. Their digestive system does not react well to corn, the main finishing ration for conventional beef, and this often results in illness which needs to be treated by antibiotics. Pasture raised beef results in leaner beef with less saturated fat,  higher levels of Vitamin E A and D, balanced Omega 3 and 6, and 300-500% more Conjugated Linoleic Acid (it is very good for you...google Beef CLA and see what you find).
What's not in our Beef
Our beef contains no hormones, antibiotics (either from the feed or injected), larvicides, parasiticides, pesticides or herbicides.
Ashton Glen and the Environment
Grass fed cattle production, from an energy perspective, is inherently a solar operation. Our pasture and hayfields grow with sun, rain and recycled nutrients (aka manure). Things take longer this way and total yields are less than what is achievable with factory farming methods, but we believe that the result is a much higher quality product which is good for you and good for the environment. Corn fed feed lot beef, by contrast, can use up to 4 liters of crude (chemical fertilizer to grow corn is a major culprit) to produce 1 kg of beef.
We practice rotational grazing, moving the cattle from pasture to pasture on a regular basis (3 to 5 times a week depending on conditions and time of year). This method ensures fresh grass for the cattle while encouraging the natural biodiversity of the farmland. 
The chemical free and biodiverse environment results in a vibrant population of wild life, from abundant frogs and salamanders, through to birds and native mammals. 
Associations
We are members of the The Canadian Organic Growers,  and I am a Director of the Lanark County Cattlemen's Association as well as a Director of The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario

Ashton Glen Farm is a special place to be. We farm in an environmentally sustainable way with quality at the top of the priority list so as to produce premium cuts of Angus Beef and Yorkshire Pork that are good for you. We hope you enjoy our farm's produce.

Dave and Diane Smith

First Born 07 Spring Calves

                                                                                                                                         

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