100% GrassFed and GrassFinished Beef, raised for your family
using organic & sustainable methods since 1992
We sell out every year ... reserve your fall beef early in the year!
(Reserve with deposit by April 1 & get $.10/lb discount)
UPDATE: 2022 BEEF ARE ALL RESERVED.
Reservations for Fall 2023 open in January-February.
Write me to get a heads-up email when reservations open.
SEE BELOW for the details about SkyLines Farm happy, healthy grassfed beef!
SkyLines calves are sleek and healthy after a summer of grazing
the farm's lush green pastures
SKYLINES FARM BEEF IS NOT YOUR ORDINARY BEEF . . . Read on for all the details ... then contact me
What makes SkyLines beef special?
SkyLines beef are raised differently, and because of that they taste differently.
It's very simple, really. Unlike most livestock raised in this country . . .
* SkyLines beef eat only grass their entire lives, just as ruminant animals are designed to do. They're never fed grain because beef raised on a well-managed
grass farm don't
need grain to grow well and provide life-giving, delicious food. Our carefully raised
grassfed/grassfinished beef is TENDER & TASTY, with REAL FLAVOR and TEXTURE!
* SkyLines beef never receive any drugs like antibiotics, or chemical treatments of any sort such as hormones or conventional wormers. Healthy animals living on
a healthy farm don't need them. (If one ever became ill it'd be treated of course, but it would get sold through conventional channels - not to my customers.)
* SkyLines beef are only harvested in early fall, while the farm's lush pastures are still green and full of life-giving
SkyLines Farm's happy health beef grow up the way nature intended. They flourish on a simple diet of mom's rich milk, mineral
supplements like kelp and trace mineral salt, periodic doses of nature's miracle herb garlic for parasite control, and all the grass they can eat from
the farm's well-managed summer pastures. Period.
tell us that SkyLines beef is incredibly tender and just plain delicious.
They've always raved about the flavor! (see below for 25+ years of customer comments on SkyLines lamb, beef, & pork.)
Is SkyLines Farm beef certified organic?
The quality of SkyLines Farm beef is certified only by my long list of happy customers who come back year after year.
The families who buy from me understand the true value of eating healthy, well-grown food, and they've also made a conscious
choice to be part of the solution.
Let's face it - America's corporate food system has serious problems. The vast majority of beef sold in this country
comes from animals who spend long months of their lives living in bare-dirt feedlots alongside thousands of other animals all being fed fattening grains to make them
grow bigger and faster. Grains that aren't part of a cow's natural diet and hence cause a host of physical problems.
Grains grown using conventional agricultural
practices that include large amounts of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides applied by enormous pieces of fossil-fuel intensive farm
And of course don't forget the various antibiotics and other drugs the cattle have to be dosed with, in order to withstand the health issues prevalent in this unnatural
>> Is this really how we want to care for our planet and the animals sharing it with us? And do we really want to serve this food to our families? <<
have alternatives ...
When you purchase beef from SkyLines Farm you're choosing
to support a system of educated, committed, humane, sustainable-for-the-long-term agricultural practices. You're doing your part to help keep America's small farms thriving. And you're supporting your
local economy by keeping some of
your food dollars right here!
Managing the pastures for a steady supply of rich, nutritious grasses all summer is Job One at SkyLines Farm.
When is SkyLines beef available?
In the fall of each year. Reservations with deposits accepted
all year, and reserved animals are processed and delivered
September - November. We sell out every year. Most years, all of the years's available animals are
reserved months in advance, so
please get your reservation in early to avoid disappointment.
Do you ship?
Sorry, shipping is not available. SkyLines beef and pigs are only sold locally. See the delivery locations listed below, under
"Getting Your Order Home."
Do you know your farmer?
Many of my customers enjoy making personal
connections with the farmers who grow their food. They've come to SkyLines Farm to meet me and meet the animals, and seen for themselves how their
food is raised. Visitors are always amazed and delighted to see how calm, relaxed, and clearly happy the SkyLines Farm animals are. (Everyone around here enjoys
the good life, including the farmer, and it shows!) You too are encouraged to schedule a farm visit - contact me to set up your visit.
Melissa Lines, Owner/Farmer, SkyLines Farm
to confirm availability & reserve your fall
>> SkyLines Farm is located in beautiful northern Idaho,
south of Coeur d'Alene & north of Moscow <<
SKYLINES FARM BEEF HOW TO ORDER
Here's how it works: You make a deposit to reserve a whole, half, or quarter beef, which will be
delivered in the fall (September-November). You're purchasing a live
beef from me, and as a free service to my customers I
make the processing arrangements for you.
If an entire animal is more meat than you need, I will coordinate your order with other customers'
orders so you can share the purchase of an entire animal.
HOW THE PRICE IS CALCULATED
Like most small farmers I don't have a certified scale on my farm
to weigh your live animal for you, so the common practice is to calculate your purchase price based on
the processor's "hanging weight" of the animal. This is the weight of the useable portions of the slaughtered animal before
cutting and wrapping. In addition, you pay the processing fee for custom cutting, wrapping, and freezing.
(Reserve with deposit by April 1 & get $.10/lb discount off hanging weight prices)
$5.75/lb hanging weight
+ processing average $650-$850
$5.85/lb hanging weight
+ processing average $325-$425
$5.95/lb hanging weight
+ processing average $160-$215
*Since you are purchasing an individual animal, your actual cost will depend on the actual weight of the animal.
*Hanging weights range from around 450 to 750 lbs per whole beef, with the average steer weight about 550-600 lbs. Feel free to specify if
you'd prefer an animal in the smaller or larger weight range.
*Processing cost is $160 for harvesting & transporting the whole animal ($80.00 half, $40 quarter) plus $.93/lb hanging weight for custom cutting and wrapping.
DEPOSIT & PAYMENT
A nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve an animal. Your deposit will be deducted from your balance due at delivery.
Deposits are $1600/whole beef, $800/half, $400/quarter beef.
Make your payment with a personal check mailed to the farm or online via PayPal (use your PayPal account balance, or quickly & easily pay with a
credit card through PayPal even if you don't have a PayPal account).
Payment of the balance is due at delivery,
once I know the exact weight of your animal. At delivery, you will also pay the processor's fee with a second check (separate checks required by Idaho law).
>> Please contact me
to confirm availability before making
payment for a reservation.
YOUR CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS
In the fall I will contact you to confirm your
cutting instructions and to discuss a tentative date & location for delivery.
Every fall I arrange to have each of the SkyLines reserved beef
professionally and humanely slaughtered here on the farm. This is a calm, peaceful, quick & efficient process that treats
the animals with the gentleness & respect they deserve. I use one of my two favorite
local, family-owned, custom meat processors in the Moscow,
ID area (C&L Locker or Potlatch Pack).
is dry aged for 10 days to 2 weeks. It
is then carefully cut to your specifications, double-wrapped with plastic film and
heavy-duty freezer paper, labeled with your name, the date and the cut, and placed in a commercial freezer.
Several days later, your animal is thoroughly frozen
and ready to go into your own home freezer.
GETTING YOUR ORDER HOME
When your order is nearly ready I'll email you with your delivery date, time & location along with an invoice for the balance due on or before delivery
day. I do my best to give 5 days notice of your delivery schedule. Your meat will arrive cut, wrapped, frozen solid & boxed. If you'll be putting your meat into a freezer within an
hour or so of delivery you shouldn't need to bring coolers. However if you plan to do shopping or have a distance to travel home, please do bring coolers, ice, and/or heavy
to make sure your meat arrives home still in its safe, frozen solid condition.
SHIPPING NOT AVAILABLE
delivery is available to Lewiston, Moscow,
Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint, Post Falls, Spokane, and
some points between. To conserve fuel I consolidate multiple
deliveries in each area to a centralized meeting place. If
you live in a community not listed here, contact me and we can probably work out delivery arrangements.
Sorry, SkyLines beef are only sold locally. See the delivery locations listed above.
Half or Whole Beef If you reserve a half beef or whole beef you have choices, and you can pick from any of the options shown in the cut list
below, including the quarter beef options (in parentheses).
Quarter Beef When you reserve a quarter beef it's packaged in "mixed quarters," which includes standard cuts from both the front and rear quarter of the animal.
There are limited cutting options when you order a quarter beef.
The quarter beef standard and available optional cuts are all shown (in parentheses) in the cut list below.
For example, with a quarter beef the standard steak thickness is (3/4"), and you can choose one of these options for the sirloin tip: (sirloin tip steaks or roasts).
When I contact you in the fall to get your cutting instructions I'll attach this order form.
CUT LIST - CHOOSE ONE OPTION FOR EACH ITEM
- Steak Thickness: (3/4") OR 1" OR 1-1/4" OR 1-1/2" OR 2"
- Steaks per Package: (2 OR 3)
- Average Roast Size: 2-3# OR (3 to 4#) OR 4 to 6#
- Ground Beef Package Size: (1# OR 1-1/2# OR 2#)
- Ground Beef Patties, with whole or half beef only: 10 lb minimum, 1/3# each, patties additional $.75/lb.
- Short Loin: (T-Bone) OR NY strip steaks
- Top Sirloin: (steaks) OR burger
- Sirloin Tip: (steaks or roasts) OR burger
- Rump: (roast) OR burger
- Round: (steaks OR swiss steaks OR roasts) OR cubed steaks OR stew OR burger
- Flank steak, only on whole or half beef: yes OR burger
- Tenderloin: (filet steaks) OR roast
- Rib: (steaks OR roast)
- Shoulder: (roasts) OR burger
- Chuck: (steaks OR roasts) OR burger
- Brisket, only on whole or half beef: yes OR burger
- Short Ribs: (standard) OR flanken-thinner, crosscut across 4-5 ribs, often used in Korean recipes OR burger
- Cubed Steaks: (yes) OR burger
- Stew Meat in 1-1/2# packages: (yes) OR burger
- Soup Bones: (yes) OR no
- Dog bones: yes OR (no)
Beef Processing Notes
- Beef is dry aged 10-14 days, wrapped in plastic film and heavy white butcher paper.
- Ground beef is prepared at about 10-12% fat. Grassfed, grassfinished beef is generally very lean but a little more fat may be available upon request.
- Organs sell out every year, so reserve yours early. Tongue, heart, tail only 1 per animal, first requested gets.
Liver is cut into 1-2 lb chunks (slices not available). Available by animal portion reserved (whole, half, quarter beef). All organs at hanging weight price.
Contact me today, for more
information or to reserve your fall
SkyLines Farm, Harvard ID
>> Located in beautiful northern Idaho,
south of Coeur d'Alene & north of Moscow <<
WHAT HAVE FOLKS BEEN SAYING ABOUT SKYLINES BEEF, PORK, & LAMB? (lamb no longer available)
Our customers have been raving
for 30 years. Here's a sampling . .
Thanks for the wonderful meat (beef & pork), Melissa! Looking forward to enjoying it for another year.
Nick & Jessica Johnson, Sagle, ID
We wanted to let you know that the beef is the best we've ever had. Mike is loving it and it is truly amazing!!
I am a vegan and even tasted some. It has a great taste even being grass fed. Truly been amazing having it and
thank you very much!
Mike & Deb, Moscow ID
Hi Melissa, I'll be ordering another half beef and half pig this year. It is delicious!!! Thanks so much for
providing food the way you do. I had almost decided to go vegetarian rather than eat what is in the stores. I
feel safe eating this, and I feel good about how you take care of them, all the way to the end.
Linda Lockhart, Rathdrum, ID
Hi Melissa, "Wonderful! I want to let you know that we are extremely happy with the half beef that you provided! The meat is very tender and
flavorful! The cuts were perfect to my specifications. We are very interested in purchasing a pig. I have never done a pig before and would like
specifications on how to order and what to expect.
Thanks again for a wonderful experience!"
Jessie Hogan, Clarkston, WA
"Hi Melissa, Andrea and I just wanted to pass along how much we are enjoying the half beef that we purchased from Skylines Farm.
Thank you for your efforts to produce chemical free humanly grown livestock."
Andrea & Steve Speer, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Your pork is delicious and we have been enjoying it very much. I am so happy that it
doesn't have the unpleasant pork taste of store bought pork. Thank you!
Stacy, Post Falls ID
"Melissa, the beef is top notch. Nice flavor. Tonight was our first night without beef since we picked it up
(9 days ago). Great job. Thank you!"
Dana & Diana Jusselin, Gennessee, ID
"Melissa - As always, thanks so much
for all that you do. I feel SO fortunate to be able to have a humane, local
source for virtually all of our meat (beef, pork, lamb). You have changed our diet for the
better, and I take every chance I get to tell others about your operation
and treatment of animals. And speaking of dogs, give your (livestock guardian) dogs
a scratch for me."
Laura Earles, Moscow, Idaho
"This was my first year purchasing beef from you and I'm delighted with it! It's the best I've tasted in years. You will
become my only choice for meat from now on. Thanks so much, Melissa, for the outstanding quality you have produced!
Rhonda Thomas, Oaksdale, WA
Just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying the pork. The chops were the best Dan and I have ever had.
By far and away. He cooked them on the grill and they were fantastic. Also enjoying the sausages so far.
Dan & Carol, Deary, ID
"Melissa, Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how happy we've been with the beef! We've cooked some steaks by doing a
quick sear in garlic butter in a skillet and then putting it in the oven at 250 for 25-30 minutes, and WOW. Perfection! It's even
still a decent medium rare, and tender to boot! Thank you so much for your tips and the wonderful product."
Kara Kimball, Garfield, WA
We have tried some chops, ham hock, and sausage so far, the (pig) meat is incredibly flavorful. Wanted to let you know we
are enjoying it very much. Thanks!
Happy New Year,
Dave Karl, Waitsburg, WA
Hi Melissa, Dolan and I just wanted to drop you an email to say how wonderful
the pig is. We had one of the hams last week and so very delicious. The pork chops are over the moon. We will want to order
again for sure, maybe a whole one, we are using this half pretty quick because of the great quality. Thank you for caring
so much about your meat quality. Just can't say enough. Thank you!
Margie Kaiser, Cheney, WA
"Hi Melissa, I've been meaning to write you for a few weeks now about how much we're enjoying our pork. Wow, so delicious!
The fat on the ham is quite possibly the best tasting fat ever! Also, I'd never opened a package of raw and unseasoned ground pork and
thought 'mmm, that smells good,' until my first package of plain ground pork from one of your pigs. Unsurpassed quality and taste.
Cheri Tilford, Sandpoint, ID
"We're looking forward to another wonderful year of delicious pork! Thank you for what you do, Melissa. It's
wonderful to be able to set the example for our almost four-year-old daughter how important it is to buy humanely, responsibly raised meat. It's delicious
and we feel good about supporting good, local farmers who care for these animals so well instead of the commercially raised meats and all the suffering and
environmental damage that includes. We're so lucky to have you here locally. Be sure to keep us on your list for next year's purchase!"
Dena Durham, Pullman WA
"Your pork is amazing. I had no idea it was possible that pork could taste like this. It's incredible.
You have a lifelong customer. Do you only have pork available once a year? If you'll have more this year I'd like to buy it. Thank you!"
Peter Zeischegg, MS, DC, DACNB, Sandpoint, ID
"Best Pig Ever. Hi Melissa, just wanted to tell you that we are very happy with the pig we got from you. The meat is exceptional,
the bacon the best ever and the processing is top notch."
Mike, Sandi & Jason Barrows, Deary, ID
"We are very pleased with the
pork we purchased from you! The ground pork is so clean and flavorful. The fat on the chops and steaks is beautiful.
It looks so pristine I almost don't want to cook it. Almost. I made a stew with the country-style ribs, braising them in
apple cider, cabbage, and mirepoix. Amazing! I also seasoned and roasted the spare ribs which came out fantastic.
I've rendered some of the leaf lard. It is pure, snow white. What a joy to cook with. Thank you for providing
us with such a high quality product!"
Dan O, Coeur d'Alene & Sandpoint, ID
SkyLines lamb customer shares a Thanksgiving
"...I've been eating Melissa's grassfed lamb since - oh,
at least 1995. It's wonderful. I'll just tell you
we had planned to serve one of Melissa's legs of
lamb for a big dinner with friends. Well, more and
more people kept getting invited so we pulled out
all our lamb chops too. On the day of the dinner we
still didn't think we'd have enough, so Jimmy went
to the supermarket and bought some more lamb chops.
When it was all
over everything was gone ... except the
store-bought lamb chops! Nobody wanted them, they
were all greasy and fatty and awful looking
compared to Melissa's. I'd never seen people leave
lamb chops on the table before!"
Nancy Gerth, Sandpoint, Idaho
"Melissa - We
had your lamb chops broiled last night for
dinner. They were fantastic! We are wondering
if we can get more lamb to carry us through the
Ronne Wegman, Moscow, Idaho
"Melissa...Had a "real" steak dinner last night. Your beef was fantastic. My whole family really enjoyed it. It was nice to meet you
in person and hope to try lamb next year. Thanks again!"
Jerry Bothmer, Spokane, WA
"Melissa, we had lamb meat loaf tonight -
mmm! Tell your customers this: For the best
gourmet lamb you could ever provide your family, I
think you should buy SkyLines Farm lamb. Melissa's
animals are treated humanely and raised carefully,
you are buying locally, the meat is processed
locally...and your stomach will thank you! Never
tried lamb? Expand your horizons from feedlot beef
and chicken and farmed fish. You won't be
Jeff Kline DDS, Moscow, Idaho
"Hi Melissa, Just a quick note to let you
know that, as in previous years, this year's lamb
Regards, Peter Ice, Spokane, WA
CUSTOMERS RAVE ABOUT THE FLAVOR . . .
I'm coming back for more!
Hi Melissa, I'd like to reserve another half a cow. It's the most delicious beef
I've ever tasted. It's so tender, but has texture, and it doesn't have that gamey flavor some grass fed beef
can get. It's rich and buttery, just the way quality beef should be. I'm so happy I got my meat from you!
Kirsten Cleigh, Spokane, WA
"Best bacon ever! Thank you again for raising these animals for us (pork, beef, lamb)!
Cassandra Claridge, Grangeville, ID
"You know I love your beef and lamb. Will you be doing pork again? You have ruined me as far as ever getting any meat from a grocery store again!"
Brenda Yates, Spokane, WA
believe the perfect flavor of your lamb!! We
will go through what you brought in no time. Is
there any chance we can get two to three more
Mary Jane Butters, Moscow, ID
MaryJanesFarm "Instant or Quick Prep Organic
Meals" and author of "MaryJane's
Ideabook-Cookbook-Lifebook for the Farmgirl in All
of Us." http://www.maryjanesfarm.com
"We have been enjoying all of the meat we purchased from you. The beef is far more tender
than grassfed beef we have eaten in the past. I might need some more come fall. Also, I just took some lamb out of the freezer
this morning and yikes, it's almost all gone. Can I reserve two lambs from you again? Thanks so much for doing such an outstanding
job raising healthy, happy animals!"
Jamie Lawrence, Spokane, WA
"We purchased one whole lamb from you in October. Just wanted
to let you know, we absolutely LOVE our lamb. Tastes fantastic and
knowing where it is from makes it ever better. We would
love to be on your list for another lamb next year if possible.
Stephen and Jaye Hopkins, Spokane, WA
HOW TO ORDER
For more information or to reserve your fall
SkyLines Farm, Harvard ID,
>> Located in beautiful northern Idaho,
south of Coeur d'Alene & north of Moscow <<
READ ON TO LEARN
HOW THE SKYLINES FARM ANIMALS HAVE BEEN RAISED SINCE 1992 . . .
THE INCREDIBLE FLAVOR OF SKYLINES FARM BEEF AND PORK ISN'T THE ENTIRE
When you serve SkyLines
Farm (former lamb) and beef and pork you can feel great about it, knowing that animal was
raised the way Mother Nature intended . . . nourished
entirely by mom's rich milk, our own lush green summer
free-choice salt, kelp, and trace minerals.
Absolutely nothing else.
Unlike much of the livestock
raised today, our beef are never pushed to grow faster with
fattening grains or supplements that sometimes even include
animal by-products. Instead, they grow at their own natural
pace, eating only the simple, fresh foods on which ruminant animals
were designed to thrive. (SkyLines pigs have their own separate pastures, and are fed a daily ration
of locally grown, non-GMO grains, primarily barley & peas.)
MANAGEMENT PRACTICES RESPECT
THE ANIMALS AND THE LAND
drugs or chemicals for the (former 100+ sheep flock) OR the current beef and pigs
Since 1992, all of the SkyLines Farm animals have been
hand raised by sustainable and organic methods (though we've chosen not to be certified organic). SkyLines animals never receive routine
antibiotics, growth or fertility hormones, unnecessary and
potentially harmful vaccinations, or pesticides such as
parasite dips or chemical wormers. (Of course, if an animal should ever fall
ill and require medication it's immediately treated and brought back to health, its tag number is noted and the
animal is sold through conventional livestock
still working, year after year
In addition to avoiding drugs and chemicals, our organic
approach includes regularly scheduled doses of the miracle
herb garlic, plus management practices that promote health
like making sure pasture stocking rates are low enough to provide
plenty of room and feed for all of the animals, lots of fresh air and regular exercise,
intensive rotational grazing techniques, and much more.
philosophy for managing the animals and the farm itself has
kept all the SkyLines animals in superb health for many
years, without having to rely on the drug and chemical
"quick fixes" that so many consider to be essential.
More details on our practices
Visit the Management
pages to learn about all of our management methods and see
how successful they've been over the years. There you'll
also find details and photos of the team of Great Pyrenees
guard dogs who provide the ultimate in predator-friendly
protection for the farm.
HOW SKYLINES FARM
RAISES SUPERIOR GRASSFED ANIMALS
and more research is demonstrating that eating meat from grassfed animals is
better for our own health, better for the animals we raise,
and better for the environment too.
raising quality grassfed animals requires more than simply
allowing the animals free access to grass. Good management
of that grass is critical. Two major components of grass
management are actively managing the fertility and tilth of
the soil and controlling the animals' access to the pastures
so the grasses can rest, regrow, and process the nutrients the animals
grazing makes for lush nutritious pastures and happy animals
SkyLines Farm's intensive rotational grazing system allows
us to effectively manage the farm's grass while also
fulfilling each animal's very natural desire to graze on the
freshest feed possible. A network of many subdivided
pastures with strategically placed gates and runways allow
us to easily and frequently move the animals from pasture to
pasture across the farm as they harvest the grasses.
Once the animals are moved from a pasture after grazing, the
grasses can rest and regrow undisturbed for many weeks (plus all winter),
and the soil can absorb and break down the natural fertilizer the
animals left behind.
spring-to-fall grazing season, the SkyLines animals
make two or three trips through the farm's pastures, so
they are always dining on actively growing, highly
nutritious, "salad bar fresh" greens.
and incredibly great tasting (former lambs), current beef and pigs.
Thanks in part to this natural diet and lifestyle (and
possibly the periodic doses of garlic), friends and
customers frequently comment on SkyLines animals' just-right
leanness and fantastic flavor. And they tell us just how
much they like it by coming back for more, year
learn more about the many benefits of grassfed meat
- to our own health, to the well-being of our
animals, and to the environment?
links to four great articles written by
interested in additional scientific and anecdotal
information about the benefits of raising ruminant
animals on grass alone, you could start with Jo
Robinson's books, "Why Grassfed is Best!" and
"Pasture Perfect," and also visit her extensive
Jo Robinson that you might find interesting . .
Are What Your Animals
about Fat? Choose
for being part of the solution!
When you purchase products from SkyLines
you're supporting sustainable, regenerative agricultural
and America's small farmers.
Farm of Idaho
4551 Highway 6, Harvard, Idaho 83834
(In beautiful northern Idaho, south of Coeur
d'Alene & north of Moscow)