Cattle in feedlots are "finished" by grain-feeding, putting more weight (but also fat) on them. "Marbling" in steaks is composed of fat deposits in the muscle. Up to 30% of a beef carcass can be fat, much of it as saturated fats. In nature herbivores (like cattle) don’t eat nearly this much grain. Grain feeding in feedlots also accounts for the majority of pesticide, herbicide, chemical fertilizer and agricultural petroleum use in the cattle industry. Our farming method minimizes environmental impact and our careful pasture management actually benefits the environment. In pasteurized (grass-fed) beef the fat is located predominantly outside the muscle, and the meat can contain up to 30% less fat than grain fed beef, as well as being lower in saturated fats. Studies in the Journal of Animal Science have reported that grass-fed beef is lower in total fat and calories and higher in healthy fats. We also use natural minerals and vitamins, like kelp meal, to supplement our animal’s diets.
At first every steak lover will make the argument “…but I like a tender, marbled steak”, well, you haven’t tasted our tender, lean steaks yet!
We are a working example of the concept of the “100-mile diet”, locally grown, environmentally responsible ranching raising quality meats. We integrate conservation, environmental awareness and quality into everything we do. Our biggest reward is consumer loyalty. Each decision we make weighs customer satisfaction, to produce healthy, high quality and safe natural products. Faceless food-giants truck your food thousands of miles to their equally nameless customers, attracting customers with marketing and following regulations strictly for profit. We aren’t “organic” farmers as “organic” is a set of rules and regulations on inputs. We work on a set of principles. We feel that nothing encourages integrity in business like a close relationship with our consumers; we want you to come see how we raise our animals, we want you to care about the quality and the taste of the food you eat! The final product remains affordable and very competitive with farmer's markets and other distributors.