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Are your cattle grass finished?

Yes,​ ​our​ ​cattle​ ​graze​ ​on​ ​native​ ​range​ ​and​ ​irrigated​ ​pasture​ ​all​ ​year.​ ​We​ ​manage our​ ​pastures​ ​and​ ​cattle​ ​supplies​ ​so​ ​they​ ​finish​ ​out​ ​on​ ​pasture.​ ​Our​ ​cattle​ ​never receive​ ​grains​ ​or​ ​concentrated​ ​feeds.​ ​Nor​ ​do​ ​they​ ​receive​ ​any​ ​hormones​ ​or antibiotics.

How do you ship your beef?

We​ ​ship​ ​our​ ​beef​ ​frozen​ ​and​ ​packed​ ​in​ ​insulated​ ​containers​ ​via​ ​personal​ ​delivery or​ ​overnight​ ​courier.​ ​Beef​ ​can​ ​stay​ ​frozen​ ​in​ ​these​ ​containers​ ​for​ ​24​ -48​hours​ ​so​ ​don’t worry​ ​if​ ​you​ ​are​ ​not​ ​home​ ​for​ ​delivery.  Orders are packed in insulated boxes with frozen gel packs to help maintain a safe temperature during shipment. Once the order is left at the delivery address, meat should be frozen or used immediately.

What should I know about shipping?

Most orders will be delivered within 5-7 business days. Once shipped, you'll receive tracking information. Most orders in CA, AZ and NV are sent out via overnight courier others are shipped via UPS Air. Our shipping department sends out orders on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to ensure orders do not sit over the weekend if they are delayed.  Orders local to our Turlock, CA warehouse are usually delivered on Mondays and Fridays.

What is the best way to cook grass fed beef?

As​ ​you​ ​may​ ​know,​ ​the​ ​fat​ ​in​ ​grass​ ​fed​ ​beef​ ​is​ ​less​ ​saturated​ ​than​ ​the​ ​fat​ ​in conventional​ ​beef​ ​(It​ ​is​ ​also​ ​much​ ​higher​ ​in​ ​Omega​ ​3​ ​fatty​ ​acids).​ ​That​ ​means​ ​that this​ ​fat​ ​will​ ​liquefy​ ​at​ ​a​ ​lower​ ​temperature​ ​so​ ​grass​ ​fed​ ​beef​ ​will​ ​cook​ ​faster​ ​than what​ ​you​ ​may​ ​be​ ​used​ ​to​ ​with​ ​conventional​ ​beef.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​best​ ​to​ ​use​ ​the​ ​rule​ ​of​ ​25’s:​ ​25 degrees​ ​less​ ​heat​ ​and​ ​25%​ ​less​ ​time.​ ​That​ ​will​ ​help​ ​you​ ​consistently​ ​have​ ​a​ ​great eating​ ​experience.

Do you have meat available all year?

Yes,​ ​we​ ​manage​ ​our​ ​pasture​ ​and​ ​our​ ​cattle​ ​so​ ​we​ ​can​ ​harvest​ ​cattle​ ​all​ ​year.​ ​We do​ ​sell​ ​out​ ​from​ ​time​ ​to​ ​time,​ ​but​ ​that​ ​is​ ​always​ ​temporary.

What breeds of cattle do you use?

Our​ ​cattle​ ​are​ ​predominantly​ ​Angus​ ​and​ ​Angus​ ​Cross-Bred.​ ​We​ ​use​ ​what​ ​are referred​ ​to​ ​as​ ​English​ ​Breeds.​ ​These​ ​are​ ​breeds​ ​developed​ ​in​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​many​ ​years ago,​ ​and​ ​they​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​little​ ​smaller​ ​and​ ​fatten​ ​easier​ ​than​ ​other​ ​breeds.​ ​We​ ​use them​ ​because​ ​they​ ​fatten​ ​out​ ​better​ ​on​ ​grass​ ​than​ ​more​ ​exotic​ ​or​ ​“Continental Breeds”​ ​that​ ​are​ ​larger​ ​and​ ​leaner.

How do you slaughter your cattle? Is it Humane?

We harvest (we prefer that term) at a USDA inspected facility. It is a small plant in Merced, CA that harvests a few head at a time so our cattle can easily be kept separate from other cattle that are not grass fed. This facility complies with all regulations from the USDA for humane slaughter, and takes special care to treat animals with respect and care.

What are the nutritional benefits of grass-fed vs. conventional?

Grass-fed​ ​beef​ ​(GFB) is​ ​generally​ ​a​ ​healthier​ ​options​ ​for​ ​the​ ​following​ ​reasons:

  • 6​ ​oz​ ​of​ ​GFB​ ​has​ ​about​ ​100​ ​fewer​ ​calories​ ​than​ ​6​ ​oz​ ​of​ ​conventionally​ ​raised beef.
  • GFB​ ​is​ ​lower​ ​in​ ​“bad​ ​fat”​ ​like​ ​saturated​ ​and​ ​trans​ ​fats.
  • GFB​ ​is​ ​higher​ ​in​ ​Omega-3​ ​fatty​ ​acids​ ​which​ ​have​ ​been​ ​linked​ ​to​ ​decreased risk​ ​of​ ​heart​ ​attack,​ ​Alzheimer’s​ ​disease​ ​and​ ​depression.

How long is your beef good in the freezer?

As​ ​long​ ​as​ ​the​ ​packaging​ ​remains​ ​intact,​ ​beef​ ​can​ ​safely​ ​stay​ ​in​ ​the​ ​freezer​ ​for over​ ​a​ ​year​ ​or​ ​more.​ ​For​ ​the​ ​best​ ​eating​ ​experience,​ ​we​ ​recommend​ ​that​ ​you eat​ ​your beef​ ​within​ ​6​ ​months.

Can we come visit your ranch?

Yes​ ​you​ ​can!​ ​Although​ ​we​ ​aren’t​ ​set​ ​up​ ​for​ ​formal​ ​tours​ ​if​ ​you​ ​wish​ ​we​ ​could​ ​set up​ ​a​ ​time​ ​and​ ​day​ ​for​ ​you​ ​to​ ​come​ ​see​ ​us​ ​at​ ​one​ ​of​ ​our​ ​ranches.​ ​As​ ​long​ ​as​ ​you​ ​don’t mind​ ​bouncing​ ​around​ ​on​ ​the​ ​back​ ​of​ ​an​ ​ATV​ ​we​ ​will​ ​gladly​ ​show​ ​you​ ​what​ ​we​ ​do. You can also visit our online tours here.

Can we pick up beef instead of shipping it?

We don't have a retail location for picking up orders.  All our beef is stored and packed off the ranch at our warehouse in Turlock, CA.  We periodically have a pop up market at our warehouse and you can pick up from us on those days.  

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