Purchasing from a ranch is different than buying store bought meat. Practically speaking, customers are purchasing a part of a steer, not a finished product. Thus, we sell steer by the quarter animal, and charge a set price per pound of finished weight. Steers are different sizes, so weights vary.
Our steer average between 100 – 150 lb. of finished meat products per quarter.
The meat will last a year in your freezer, so we recommend that you buy what you will eat in one year.
Storage time varies from product to product. On average, we say three to five days maximum in the refrigerator. Many people share a quarter with another family if there is too much meat for them individually.
A quarter of a steer requires about three cubic feet of freezer space, or about six brown grocery bags.
It is best to thaw frozen meat in the refrigerator. Using this method, a one-pound package will thaw in approximately 20 to 24 hours. We do not recommend thawing meat in the microwave. However, if you must, select the lowest power setting to avoid cooking, rather than defrosting, the meat.
Studies show that grass-raised cattle have dramatically fewer E. coli in their intestines than grain fed cattle. Grain-raised cattle develop abnormally high stomach acidity, which allows for the development of acid-resistant E. coli. If these E. coli should happen to get into a human digestive system, our stomach acid is too weak to kill the bacteria and we get sick. Grass-raised cattle, on the other hand, have healthy stomach acidity, which means that even if by rare chance you are exposed to E. coli, your stomach's natural acidity should kill the bacteria. Please note that despite the health of our animals, we always recommend the proper storage, handling and cooking of meat.
We only sell direct to customers to practice our values of local, sustainable, and environmental responsibility.
Currently, we do not provide a USDA certification, so you may not legally resell your meat.
We are only able to customize the cuts if you order a half or full steer. Customization includes specifying the thickness of steaks, and prioritizing different cuts. Additional fee may be required by the butcher for customized orders.
No, currently we do not offer shipping, but we may in the future.