Common Questions and Important Information About Our Beef
Grass Finished Beef vs Pasture/Stockyard Finished Beef It's really very simple. Corn and other grains make cattle sick and affects the liver. It does, however, "beef" them up quiet literally. The corn changes the Omega-3 amino acid to Omega-6. And, they are then given antibiotics to keep their liver functioning while they are being finished and getting ready to be processed.
Grass finished beef from The Triple-J Ranch, are fed and finished no corn or grain. Instead, they eat grass high in brix (sugar) content, hay raised by our ranch, and are give an Omega-3 supplement. Then, in the last four weeks before they are finished, we also feed them soy bean hulls, which enriches the Omega-3 content of the beef. For more information, visit our research from Kansas University. The numbers don't lie!
A system where the animals are grass finished means that they livestock receives nothing but grass, hay, or silage. Conventionally raised animals are raised in confined, overcrowded feed lots and fed diets rich in grain that not only is environmentally intensive to product and transport, but has been shown to produce beef that is not nearly as nutritious. In fact, it could be quite damaging to your health (high in Omega-6).
Feed lots are not a very pleasant experience for the cattle either. Being forced to stay in a tiny feed pen most (if not all) of their lives, being stuck with needles filled with hormones and antibiotics when they do get sick and then sent for processing as soon as they are mature enough. Not only is this inhumane but it also creates a disruption to our ecosystem as a whole, causing damages that radiate far beyond the immediacy of the animal's life. This leads us to our next question...
Is Grass Finished Beef Better for the Environment? We are always concerned about our carbon footprint and how it affect our planet. Eating local, sustainable foods is a great alternative that can help your community now. Eating local foods - in our case beef - drastically reduces consumption of fossil fuels leaving our planet just a bit greener. Typically animals and their conventional feedstuffs are trucked vast distances all over the country to get the animals to a finished weight and then the meat is shipped all over the county for consumption.
Our grass finished beef is raised in a traditional grazing system, and are actually used as tools all over the world to sequester massive amounts of atmospheric carbon by stimulating grass growth with periods of short duration grazing, followed by allowing pastures to rest. Many of the brightest minds in the world are saying that keeping grazing livestock and getting back to a pasture based system is crucial for reversing climate change. But don't take our word for it - visit the video below.
Why Dry Age Beef? The Triple-J Ranch dry ages our beef for a minimum of 21 days. Dry aging is a process where the meat is held at about 33 to 34 degrees and after is allowed to evaporate from the beef while meat's own enzymes act to break down and tenderize the meat. This old fashioned tradition of aging results in an extremely mild and tender finished product.
How Do We Buy Beef from The Triple-J Ranch? We process beef twice a year - late spring and early fall. The schedule is dictated by our grasses. When a steer or heifer reaches approximately 11oo pounds, they are fully finished. This is when you get your best steaks. We sell our beef at $5.99/lbs. An 1100 pound animal yields approximately 100 pounds of meat. We work with either DeWig's Processing in Haubstadt, Indiana or Sanders Processing in Jasper, Indiana to determine how you want your meat processed. Both processing plants do a great job in packaging your meat. You will need a 4 cubic food freezer for 100lbs of beef.
Is The Ranch Organic? Probably. However, the membership fees and massive amounts of paperwork would have to be passed onto you, the consumer. You are welcome to visit The Triple-J Ranch anytime you want to see our operation. We think our consumers are smart enough to make their own choices about self-certifying their food when buying directly from us - the grower.