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Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE DOES SHEPHERD MEATS DELIVER?

 Shepherd Meats delivers Nationwide within the contiguous United States, officially the conterminous United States.

 

WHEN CAN I EXPECT MY ORDER TO ARRIVE?

 All orders placed Monday through Friday will be delivered Next Day. Any orders placed after 9 A.M. on Friday will receive their order the following Tuesday.

 

WHAT COMES IN MY SHEPHERD MEATS BOX?

 First, you’ll receive a heavy-duty corrugated box. Upon opening your Shepherd Meats box, you will find a double bubble lining that protects and maintains temperatures. Remove the seal and find our reusable cold brick gel packs. Yes! Our refrigerants are reusable so reuse and freeze, please. Your Halal goods are under the gel pack. Enjoy in good health and wellness.

 

ARE THERE ANY HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS IN YOUR MEAT? 

 No! Never! Ever! If there was, it wouldn’t be “Tayyeb” (pure & clean).

 

WHY IS YOUR MEAT DARK RED AND NOT PINK?

 Because the animal lived a natural process, the way nature intended. Antibiotic filled meat is pink, and this is the meat you see in the grocery store. The rich natural deep coloring is the result of animals that live a pure and clean “Tayyeb” lifestyle. 

 

HOW LONG CAN I KEEP MY MEAT IN THE REFRIGERATOR? 

 Shepherd Meats products and portions come in a tight vacuum seal. We recommend you consume or freeze within six days from its delivery. For poultry, items use or freeze within three days. Your local beef comes fresh, and it’s unique in that you can keep it in the refrigerator for a more extended time.

 

WHAT ITEMS COME FRESH?

 All our local items are fresh.

 

WHAT COMES FROZEN?

 Products from abroad (e.g., Australia, New Zealand) are frozen.

 

IS SHEPHERD MEATS BEEF GRASS-FED?

 Of course, all our beef is grass-fed, and live grazing on pastures, meadows, and grasslands. We offer grass-fed-grain-finished, grass-fed carrot-finished, and grass-fed grass-finished beef. 

 

DOES SHEPHERD MEATS MAKE USE OF THE ENTIRE CATTLE?

 Yes! Out of respect for our animals, “We use everything but the Moo!”

 

WHAT IS THE GRADE OF YOUR BEEF?

 Shepherd Meats High-Quality beef is rare to find. It’s not the typical meat you find at your local supermarket or butcher store. Shepherd Meats offers USDA Upper 2/3rd Choice, USDA Prime, American Wagyu with Beef Marble Scores (BMS) of 4-6, 6-8, and 8-12. Refer to our description section on the site and review “What is BMS?” for more information.

 

WHY DOES SHEPHERD MEATS SINGLE SOURCE IT’S BEEF, AND WHAT DOES SINGLE SOURCE MEAN? 

 In simple terms, single sourcing means the ground beef or burger you’re eating comes from one source, one type of cow, not multiple cows; it came from a “single source.”

 When you walk into your local grocery store and purchase ground meat, it’s more than likely the beef your buying came from a mix of many cattle. Sometimes hundreds even thousands of mixed breeds which come from various continents of the world. The animals differ in size, weight, and kind; and yes, even dairy herds are in the mix. The muscle tissue and fibers of hundreds of unknown cows could be in a single burger. Imagine, animals that once lived side by side with each other now chopped and formed to create a particular burger. That’s not how nature intended us to eat. 

 Single sourced beef offers respect and honor to the animal for its sacrifice. It gives a level of assurance and comfort to the Shepherd Meats family; our members appreciate the traceability factors and knowing their beef comes from a single source.

 “Tayyeb” and “Halal” calls for the end of industrialized animal production and unethical processing procedures. Ground Beef from cows that are grass-fed and raised without antibiotics produce purer and safer beef. Sustainable methods of raising cattle are what Shepherd Meats delivers, from farm to fork. 

 

 

IS SHEPHERD MEATS SUSTAINABLE?

 Completely! We adhere to the highest levels of sustainability standards and practices.

 

HOW DOES SHEPHERD MEATS OPERATE?

 Shepherd Meats is a Halal direct to consumer meat logistics company. We offer Hand-Harvested Halal premium meats and trusted farm-to-fork delivery systems.

 

WHAT IS HALAL FOOD?

 Halal, by definition, translates to “Lawful / Permissible.” Halal food refers to food that is lawful and permitted to eat.

 

The determinants embrace the following:

  1.   Animals that are permitted to eat.
  2.   Animal rights and welfare.
  3.   Animal raise (humanely raised in a pure and clean (Tayyeb) upbringing).
  4.   Animal feed (what the animal eats).  
  5.   Ritual hand-harvest (Dhabihah).
  6.   Prohibition of impure substances.

 

(A). Permitted Animals Include:

  •     Cattle
  •     Sheep
  •     Goat
  •     Lamb
  •     Chicken
  •     Quails
  •     Turkey
  •     Duck
  •     Geese

 

(B). Animal Welfare

Islam gives animals rights, particularly animals that man are permitted to consume. All animals must be humanely treated and cared for with love and compassion. They require a natural environment that allows for the embracement and joy of life. We believe animals praise and worship God and will hold any one individual or group accountable for cruelty or suffering inflicted upon them. The opposite also holds, a man’s love and care for animals is a means of great reward. Consuming animals is a privilege, not a right, and this privilege comes with conditions.

 

(C). Humanely Raised; A Pure and Clean (Tayyeb) Upbringing

Tayyeb (pure and clean) calls for animals to live a stress-free and joyous life. To be raised in a natural environment and with proper etiquette. Part of its animal rights concentrates on its treatment. All animals must be treated humanely, roam freely, and occupy their natural habitat. The result benefits the animal’s life and soul, which in turn serves humanity by providing a clean and pure source of nourishment, wellness, and health.

 

(D). Animal Feed

Animals must be fed a vegetarian diet with no animal products in their feed. We do not allow slaughterhouse by-products, processed litter from the floor of chicken houses, processed animal feces, ruminant-derived protein, blood, or bones in the feed. 

 

(E). Ritual Hand-Harvesting

  •     The animal must be permitted to consume in the first place.
  •     A practicing Muslim must perform the Harvest.
  •     The animal must be alive during Harvest.
  •     God’s name is pronounced at the time of each Harvest.
  •     The throat is cut in a swift and painless way.
  •     The animal is given adequate rest and water.
  •     The man harvesting cannot sharpen his knife in front of the animal
  •     The knife used must be sharp, and the throat must be cut in such a manner that results in the complete bleeding and swift passing.

 

(F). Impure Substances

Alcohol and blood are prohibited substances and considered an impurity. An animal can never consume alcohol, and all its blood must drain during the harvest process.

 

IS HALAL ALSO ORGANIC?

Shepherd Meats goes beyond organic; organic is not enough; it must be pure & clean (Tayyeb) and lawful (Halal).

 Organic meat comes from animals that hold no antibiotics or growth hormones, and that’s great, but the path to purity doesn’t stop here. Shepherd Meats introduces you to higher-level of pureness; Halal (lawful) & Tayyeb (pure and clean) meats. The Tayyeb and Halal rule outweigh the organic standards by far.

 Halal carries all the qualities of organic and more. Our animals have rights, held in high regard, and are loved. It starts from inception; it’s about the provenance of our meats, the raise, the feed, and the hand-harvest (dhabihah halal) process.

 Our animals are not a commodity; they’re a blessing and treated as such. Our animals are never abused and never administered steroids, antibiotics, or growth hormones. Our trusted Farmers nourish the animals, provide a quality of living, a wholesome diet, one that is vegetarian and beneficial.

 

DO I HAVE TO BE MUSLIM TO EAT HALAL?

  • Halal is for everyone. 
  • Halal is for the Muslim who adheres to Islamic dietary practices. 
  • Halal is for people concerned about where their meat comes from, the animals rearing and the method of Harvest. 
  • Halal is for people with a particular interest in food, especially the ones who appreciate pure quality, flavor, and taste. 
  • Halal is for the health enthusiast who follows a nutritious diet. 
  • Halal is for those who don’t care for the taste of iron in their meat products. 
  • Halal is for all!

 “Tayeb” (pure and clean) etiquette and its rule, connect with those who care for animal rights, who insist on ethical practices, humane treatment, and protection from exploitation and abuse.

 “Al Tayyebaat” (“Tayyeb” (pure & clean goodness) and “Halal” (lawful), is for the one who is seeking a dependable, honest, and healthy form of meat.

 

CAN YOU GO INTO MORE DETAIL ON THE HALAL METHOD?

 Shepherd Meats introduces you to a healthier meat offering. Our process in selecting our livestock must adhere to a specific criterion, which starts with the welfare of the animal, its feed, and Harvest, amongst other things.

 Our process is distant from industrial agriculture and far from the industrial paradigm. Shepherd Meats livestock is hand-selected and hand-harvested Halal. Shepherd Meats harvests by hand, never by choking, stabbing, stunning, assembly lines or any mechanical means whatsoever.

 Animal welfare is something we are serious about and do not take lightly. We ensure the animal lived a comfortable life, was adequately nourished with proper daily sunlight, fed a vegetarian diet, and never given antibiotics, hormones, or steroids.

 

Sourcing Guidelines

  •     The animal must have lived in a pleasant and healthy environment, starting from inception.
  •     The animal followed a strict pest free, vegetarian diet.
  •     The animal has never been subject to added growth hormones or steroids of any kind.
  •     The animal never suffered any abuse or trauma.
  •     The animal is healthy, ready, and willing to be sacrificed.

 

The Sacrifice

  •     The animal is offered a drink of water and adequately fed before harvesting.
  •     The use of a clean and sharp knife is used and always hidden from the animal’s sight.
  •     The blade cannot kill due to its weight.
  •     The knife must be re-sharpened before every Harvest.
  •     The animal must be relaxed, alone, and secluded from the rest of the pack.
  •     We ensure that other animals do not witness the Harvest.
  •     The animal must be at ease and fully submitted before the cut takes place.
  •     With one stroke only, the windpipe, esophagus, and the two jugular veins are cut.
  •     Placing then lifting the knife when harvesting is strictly prohibited.
  •     A practicing adult Muslim must conduct the harvesting.
  •     All livestock must be hand-harvested.
  •     Invoking Allah at the time of Harvest by reciting: Bismillah Allahu Akbar (In the Name of God; God is the Greatest).
  •     The knife cannot cut into the animal’s spinal cord and disconnecting the head at the time of the harvesting is forbidden.
  •     The skin and wool of the animal cannot be tampered with until the animal is entirely spiritless.

 

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HALAL AND KOSHER?

 

Similarities between Halal and Kosher:

  •   Halal and Kosher techniques establish the most humane approach in relationship to harvesting animals.
  •   Halal and Kosher treat and hold animal welfare in high regard. Both practices pay strict attention to the animal’s health, safety, and diet.
  •   Halal and Kosher follow ritual harvesting procedures (i.e., pronounce the name of “God.”).
  •   Both use a razor-sharp knife to cut through the neck of the animal.
  •   Both apply a precise method in cutting that assures a complete bleed out of the animal.
  •   People of the Muslim and Jewish faith do not eat pork, predators, or birds of prey.

 

 Differences between Halal and Kosher:

  •   Muslims assert the prayer on every animal at the time of Harvest, while Jewish Rabbis proclaim the prayer once at the opening of the harvest gathering.
  •   Sunnah (traditional customs and practices) calls for the animals to face Mecca (The Qiblah), during the time of Harvest; the Jewish faith has no set direction.
  •   After Harvest, Kosher meat baths in saltwater to ensure evidence of blood vanishes from the meat. This method does not apply for Halal harvesting. Consuming circulating blood is forbidden in Islam.
  •   In the Jewish faith, only the front of the animal is Kosher to consume, in Islam, all consumable pieces are deemed permissible and halal.
  •   Muslims do not consume alcohol or any psychoactive substances; the Jewish faith accepts drinking alcohol.
  •   Jewish people do not combine milk with meat, and they do not eat fish with scales, or shellfish.