Grass Fed Cattle
What are you looking for in the beef you put on your table?
Health reasons for eating grass-fed cattle have been proven and are common knowledge. What is less well-known is the large variation in quality found in grass fed meat. It makes sense – but few of us actually think it through.
“You are what you eat” applies to animals too! One selling point of ‘traditional’ cattle finishing operations is the uniformity of their finished product. They all eat the same thing – so you can be fairly confident each package purchased will have similar flavor, marbling, and taste. Grass feeding, on the other hand, means your beef grows up and finishes on any variety of forbs and grasses. And, since you are what you eat. . .well, you get the point.
For this reason, we have not only selected a breed proven to produce the best quality meat on grass alone, we select the feeds they eat to produce the best flavor and most uniform marbling possible.
Savvy consumers have come to understand the negative impacts of the unhealthy fats and the potential dangers from the hormones and antibiotics ingested by feedlot cattle. This has increased the demand for a healthier product. Large ‘corporate’ farms and consolidated co-ops have stepped up to fill the demand. However, once again the consumer is distanced from the product purchased.
We need to ask: “Where was my meat grown?” “What is its quality?” “What has been added?” “What has been changed?” Only when one purchases from a local (typically smaller) producer, can they obtain reliable answers to these questions. Only then can they see ‘where’ and ‘what’ and even learn ‘why’.
From start to finish, our cattle live on quality alfalfa / grass. Our managed grazing program provides lush fresh feed all summer and fall, and our own alfalfa / grass hay – with a little local oat – means their high quality feed continues throughout the year. And – we use NO GMO’s – NO Grain – NO Hormones – NO Antibiotics – Nothing but NATURAL!
The backstory really helps one understand why we went with the Aberdeen Angus when choosing the “BEST’ grass-fed beef breed. For 10 years we owned and operated a Montana Fishing Lodge. Many people come to Montana expecting exceptional beef. That’s what we served. However, as grass-fed rose in the public awareness, we wondered: Could grass-fed quality measure up to our standards?
Long story short – No! Nothing we tried possessed the flavor, marbling, or tenderness we expected. It wasn’t until a few years later we tried Aberdeen Agnus.
Finally – a grass-fed product which met the standard – and more. This beef not only ‘equaled’ our expectations, it excelled! Why? In part because we raised it on the ‘right’ feed. In part because Lowline Angus are specifically bred to marble on a grass only diet. And their short muscle fibers means they are more tender – naturally!
One more reason we chose the Aberdeen Angus is their size. These cattle, while 100% Angus, finish at 800 – 900 pounds. Since the normal family usually does not have room (or desire) for 400 – 500 pounds of meat in their freezer, the smaller beef animal provides an excellent option.
Because Aberdeen Angus produce rib eye area 70% the size of animals twice their size, the consumer isn’t loosing the quality meats – they are just reducing portion size and the total amount of meat which must be purchased and stored. Additionally, Aberdeen Angus tend to dress with less waste than other beef breeds. This means you actually get MORE meat for your dollar.
Aberdeen Angus yield a 500 – 600 pound carcass. This means you’ll end up with about 300 pounds of top quality, excellent flavored, tender and juicy beef in your freezer. Can’t you just taste it???
2018 - 2019 Beef Pricing
Our beef is processed in a USDA inspected facility. You can choose custom cutting or the butcher will cut to ‘normal’ standards.
A Whole Grass-Fed Beef – paper wrapped – $4.25 / pound (hanging weight)
Hanging weight is 50% – 55% of the actual ‘yield’ weight (what goes into your freezer. Your cost would be approximately $2,200 – $2,300 for about 300 – 350 pounds of meat.
Vacuum sealed packaging is available for $10.00 additional.
$400 deposit required when order is placed.
Half a Grass-Fed Beef – paper wrapped – $4.50 / pound (hanging weight)
Hanging weight is about 50% – 55% of the actual ‘yield’ weight (what goes into your freezer). Your cost would be approximately $1,000 – $1,150 for 125 – 175 pounds of meat.
Vacuum sealed packaging is available for $5.00 additional.
$200 deposit required when order is placed.
While many are jumping on the corporate or farm co-op bandwagon, at King’s View Ranch, we still believe the original idea is best. Thus we are committed to remaining a small, family-run farm with a focus on quality and individual customer satisfaction. We strive to keep our sales local. We invite you to come, meet us, see the animals, and learn, first hand, what really makes up the food you eat.