Most people have heard of the famed Kobe beef of Japan; those spoiled steers that consume fine beer, bask in sake massages and listen to classical music whilst dining on olive mash. We don't know how much of this is actually true, but we do know that this beef has achieved legendary status in the U.S. While we can't exactly recreate the Kobe conditions (nor would we want to, as part of the deal is confined quarters with little exercise), we CAN and DO offer the best of this breed's qualities in our Wagyu/Black Angus cross beef. Much the same way Champagne from anywhere else in the world other than Champagne, France must be called Sparkling Wine, the Kobe breed can only be called Kobe when it is raised in that region of Japan; everywhere else, it's Wagyu, and it is gaining traction in the U.S. as an exuisitely tasting protein that can be sourced locally. We chose to cross Wagyu bulls with Black Angus cows/heifers to get the very best of both worlds: superior flavor, buttery tenderness, high intramuscular marbeling and optimal growth potential. To prepare this beef for your family, it is dry aged to perfection, cut and portioned, wrapped and freezer ready.
We are committed to the humane treatment of our cattle, holding ourselves to the highest standards of animal husbandry. Our cattle are raised on pasture where they consume ONLY high quality Orchardgrass and Alfalfa; no corn, no grain, no soy, no pellets, no animal products, no chicken manure as feed (yes, this is done). They eat nothing but grass from birth to finish, making these true, pasture raised cattle. During the winter when snow precludes access to our pastures we feed our baled hay, which for the most part was grown on our ranch that summer. Something that makes us VERY unique in the industry is our Fodder-- lush, nutrient dense organic barley sprouts that we feed to our cattle, pigs and layer chickens in the winter when fresh grass is not available. In doing so, we maintain a high level of nutrition for our animals, even when our grasses are not growing.
Consistent with all offerings, our animals are never given antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids, stimulants or ionophores, and our fields do not receive herbicides or pesticides, bringing you a healthier product from a sustainable ranching operation. Our ranch has received the very difficult to attain WSDA Organic Certification, as well as certification by Animal Welfare Approved (AWA).
Ordering in Bulk: A Beginners Guide
How much should I order? The average American consumes 271 pounds of meat per year. On a net weight basis, that means a typical family of two will consume an equivalent of a whole beef annually. Ordering in bulk for the first time can be intimidating, since most of us are used to purchasing meat as needed. While the initial cost seems high, it is a very economical choice for families who want high quality meat but at a much better value than what is found at supermarkets and health food stores. If you need convincing on this, check out this bulk meat comparison. Once you've decided to take the plunge, here's what we offer:
Whole Beef Package
Large family? A whole grassfed beef is not only the best value, it provides you with the most versatility for your menu planning. A whole beef typically weighs 550 pounds hanging weight and takes about 13-14 cubic feet of freezer space. (Custom cutting available.)
Half Beef Package
The half beef package is a great for sharing with friends or family members to get the most for your money. A half beef package typically weighs 275 pounds hanging weight and requires 6-7 cubic feet of freezer space. (Custom cutting available.)
Quarter Beef Package aka Split Half
A quarter beef package (Split Half) will keep a family of two eating beef for most of the year. The average weight is 137 pounds hanging weight. Typically requiring about 3.5 cubic feet of freezer space, it's about the size of two standard cardboard apple boxes. (Standard cut only; no custom cutting.)
Just want to tip-toe in and see what the grassfed experience is all about, then this is for you. The average hanging weight is around 69 pounds and takes up 1.75 cubic feet of freezer space; this will easily fit in any standard fridge/freezer and is approximatly the size of a cardboard apple box (19.5″ x 12″ x 12″). (Standard cut only; no custom cutting.)
All of our meats are sold by the live weight where you will receive approximately 58% of it as hanging weight. We are able to provide you with the average weight of a beef for estimating purposes, but each animal is different, so your meat may be a little bigger or a little smaller, and your final price will reflect this. Calculated into the purchase price is the butchering fee, which you will pay directly to the butcher. Once your meat is ready, it can be picked up at the ranch or our affiliated office in Bellevue. We make it super easy to get clean, quality meats free of hormones, stimulants, antibiotics and ionophores.
USDA vs. WSDA: What's the difference?
What's So Great About Grassfed Beef?: Explore the many ways grassfed beef may be more nutritious, cleaner and less toxic for your body and the environment than conventional options.
Know Your Weight: Live Weight vs. Hanging Weight vs. Boxed Weight
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