July 9, 2018

For most people, summer means no school, lots of swimming, and time to grill. For us at Living Dirt Ranch, it means time to process beef. I want to explain that process to you and show you why it is so unique at our ranch.

Processing beef is the culmination of 2-3 years of patient, hard work! Most of the beef available in grocery stores are from calves born in February. (This is called “spring” calving, but I think it is more aptly called “winter” calving- especially in the Midwest!) We prefer our calves to be born in the fall, most of them born in the month of September. This means our calves have a good 3-4 months to nurse and grow before they have to deal with February’s cold. 

Our calves spend their entire lives right here on our ranch in the exact same fields where they were born. They never have to leave their mamas- we don’t even wean them! The mamas are much more effective at weaning their calves once a new calf comes along the following year, so why mess with a good thing?...

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