Healthy beef comes from healthy cattle. When it comes to our herd, our top priority is maintaining an animal's good health by not allowing it to become ill. Keeping animals in clean living conditions with plenty of water and shelter is the best way to accomplish illness prevention.
All of our cattle spend 80% - 85% of their lives eating grass. With the exception of some Bermuda grass hay in the winter, all of the grass they consume is grass that is native to our part of the world. The primary grasses in our region are Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Indiangrass (Oklahoma's state grass, for trivia enthusiasts!), and Switchgrass.
When our cattle reach 700 - 900 pounds, we place them on a carefully balanced diet of mid-western corn, grass hay, vitamins, and minerals. They spend approximately 120 days on this diet before they are ready for processing. We grind and mix our own ration, under guidance of a consulting animal nutritionist, so we are able to make sensible adjustments for our cattle.
The number one goal of humane handling is to reduce stress on our animals. By providing a stress-free environment, we help ensure the safety of our animals and our employees. Additionally, cattle remain free of illness and perform to their maximum genetic capabilities. Humane handling predicates the success of our animal health goals. All of our cattle are fed in large, well-maintained outdoor pens with constant access to feed and water.