PROUDLY LOCAL, PROUDLY CANADIAN
Recognized by the American Angus Hall of Fame as the best breeder of Aberdeen Angus in all of North America. Shane Baghai’s finest prize winning Aberdeen Black Angus cattle and steers are pasture raise and grain finished in the rolling grasslands of Paradise Farms in the Erin, Caledon and Mount Forest area, just north of Toronto. The nurturing of professional hands and veterinary care, a zero tolerance approach to the use of growth hormones, and the philosophy of pasture roaming are the key factors that lead to the superior quality that is expected from Shane Baghai, and provided by Paradise Farms.
Beyond raising some of Canada’s finest Aberdeen Black Angus Cattle, Paradise Farms also rears cattle that cater to our exclusive specialty markets and most discerning customers. The Italian Chianina, a rare breed, produces what is world renowned and considered the finest steak on the planet, true Florentine Steak. Scottish Highlands, hardy and rugged, are kindred of their native Scottish Highlands, a majestic and beautiful breed that produces leaner, yet equally delicious cuts of beef. Originating from France, Charolais is a magnificent breed that caters in particular to French cuisine lovers. Lastly, Paradise Farms raises Japanese style of the highly prized Wagyu cattle, producing Paradise Kobe, a true delicacy with superb natural flavor, due to its tenderness, and wellmarbled texture.
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Paradise Black Angus
Certified by the Canadian Beef Grading Agency
The Aberdeen-Angus breed was developed in the early part of the 19th century from the polled and predominantly black cattle of North East Scotland known locally as "doddies" and "hummlies". In 1808 Hugh Watson from Keillor Farm in Angus, gathered stock widely and produced cattle of outstanding quality and character. In 1824 William McCombie from Aberdeen shire founded a herd from predominantly Keillor bloodlines. His well-documented close breeding produced outstanding cattle and his efforts founded the reputation of the Aberdeen-Angus breed. In 1861 Sir George Macpherson-Grant took up the refining of the breed by line breeding and selection for type. These early pioneers established the foundation for what is arguably the greatest beef breed in the world.
- Phenotype: Greater than 51% Black
- Genotype: Canadian Angus Association approved Lime Green Ear Tag
- Excludes breeds: Brahman or dairy breed influence
- Steers and Heifers
- No Pronounced Masculinity or Staginess
- Must meet Canada A requirements or higher for lean and fat with no internal hemorrhages
- Varies with Angus, Signature Angus and Premium Angus programs
- Determined in accordance with the official USDA Marbling Cards
- All steers and heifers must be less than 30 months
- Yield grades Canada 1, 2, 3 allowed
- Muscling as defined by the Canadian Beef Grading Regulations for Canada “A” or higher
Paradise Farms raises the largest herd of Wagyu Beef in Ontario. Wagyu cattle, originating from Japan, are the same breed stock of the most expensive beef in the world, some known as Kobe beef. One reason Kobe beef is so desired is because of the high level of marbling in the meat.
Wagyu cattle have rather interesting caring practices compared to other breeds. In Japan, the cattle are fed beer in the summer months when humidity depresses feed intake. Beer stimulates their appetite and in turn keeps the cattle on feed in the heat of summer. In addition, the cattle are massaged in order to relieve stress and muscle stiffness, keeping the cattle calm and content and resulting in better quality beef.
Wagyu beef provides a unique natural and healthy eating experience that promises a unique flavour and texture to the Western world. Recent studies have shown that Wagyu beef contains a much higher proportion of the desirable monounsaturated fats than any other breed of cattle. They are not only a source of essential vitamins and nutrients but are also higher in unsaturated fats such as Omega 6 and Omega 3 oils.
The Chianina (pronounced key – a – knee – na) is the largest breed of cattle in the world. They take their name from the val di Chiana which is a valley in the Italian regions of Tuscany, where they have been raised for at least 2200 years.3 They are regarded as not only the oldest but also the largest breed of cattle in the world. Their meat is traditionally used in the famous Italian dish "Bistecca alla Fiorentina".
At Paradise Farms, the Chianina, like all other breeds, roam the pastures 100% freely. They are pasture fed and grain finished without the addition of growth hormones. The cattle are raised ethically with care in order to produce great quality and tasting beef. In addition, each animal is given personal attention and care on a daily basis.
Charolais de Paradis
Charolais cattle originate from Charolles, France. This sizable, double muscle animal is very lean and gives a palatable taste to French cuisine lovers to recipes such as Chateaubriand and Beef Bourguignon. This breed is the leading terminal beef sire noted for its fast growth and excellent conformation.
For all Paradise cattle, management is key. Our cows give birth on clean pastures and are weaned at 7 to 8 months. From that point on, they are grazed in large groups on high quality grass, which is crucial for producing high quality lean beef. The pastures are managed by rotational grazing. Water from a dug well on the farm is provided in water bowls within each padlock and the bowls are kept heated in the winter months to eliminate freezing. With constant care and the freedom to explore, our Charolais is a breed we are proud to raise.
Paradise Scottish Highland
Highland cattle lineage can be traced back to the western Highlands of Scotland and the breed has remained unchanged for 200 years. Highlands have the ability to weather harsh winters without developing excess fat due to their long, heavy hair. Studies in the US have verified that Highland Beef is 38% lower in fat content and 4% lower in cholesterol than steaks from local supermarkets. It is so lean that it is comparable with chicken and fish fat content.
The average Highland per 100 grams has:
- A fat content of 4.5g/100g compared to other breeds of 15.6g/100g
- A cholesterol content of 40.9mg/100mg compared to other breeds of 64.3mg/100mg
- A protein content of 20.7/100g compared to other breeds of 18.6g/100g
- An iron content of 2.1mg/100g compare to other breeds of 2.0mg/100mg