FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What are the primary attributes of Carman Ranch grassfed beef?
Carman Ranch is a collaborative of producers in the Northwest who raise premium grassfed beef that is:
- Born, raised and finished on open pasture and prairie grasses
- Never given antibiotics, hormones or additives
- Never given grain or animal by-products
- Raised on regional family ranches who focus on high quality beef under 36 months of age.
- Traceable from birth to slaughter
- Harvested in an animal welfare-approved, family-owned processing plant
Q: How is Carman Ranch different from other grassfed programs?
The term “grassfed” isn’t regulated. Sometimes it means the animals have been pastured only briefly, before they’re sent to a feedlot for finishing. Some grassfed beef comes from retired breeding or dairy cattle with little or no traceability, and may have been given hormones and antibiotics. Many grassfed cattle are supplemented with significant amounts of dried distiller’s grains, grass seed pellets, soy hulls and other “non-grain” additives, which reduce the meat’s nutritional value. And much of this grassfed beef comes from multinational companies, or is imported from South America and Australia.
Carman Ranch follows the American Grassfed Association standards, which only include animals born, raised, and finished on open grass pastures where perennial and annual grasses, forbs, legumes, brassicas, browse are the sole energy sources, with the exception of mother’s milk, from birth to harvest.
Q: Why is grassfed beef more expensive?
Growing grassfed beef requires time, attention, knowledge and passion. Animals fattened on grass take longer to put on weight and develop natural marbling and intramuscular fat. It takes between 18 and 30 months for our animals to be ready for harvest, compared to 15 or 18 for conventionally raised beef.
Our grassfed beef is produced on family ranches by some of the best producers in the industry. Given the superior quality and flavor of the meat they raise, along with the nutritional qualities, traceability and safety, we don’t think you’ll find a better food value.
Q: How is Carman Ranch different from Non-GMO programs?
Non-GMO is an attribute used primarily for grain-fed, feedlot programs who would typically feed GMO corn and soy. Carman Ranch producers don’t need non-GMO certification because we don’t feed grain! There’s some GMO alfalfa on the market today, but none of our producers grow it.
Q: Why is grassfed beef healthier than most “organic” beef?
Organic cattle may be fed a diet of corn and/or grain. Organic cattle may be raised in feedlots. Carman Ranch producers believe that the healthiest beef comes from 100% grassfed animals because of the vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that come from an all forage diet. Our growing practices reduce and eliminate the need for herbicides and commercial fertilizers. Since most of the communities where we ranch don’t have markets for organic crops and hay, organic certification isn’t a necessary or viable option for those producers.
Q: What are the benefits of holistic grazing and land management?
Holistic planned grazing takes into account variables including grass growth rate, plant recovery time, natural cycles, human factors, and the life stage of the animals. Animals are moved to new grass often to ensure they maintain a high level of nutrition throughout the growing season and naturally fertilize the ground. The results are healthier plants and animals, better nutrition, greater production and improved ecosystem processes with more biological activity in the soil.
Q: How is sustainably raised 100% grassfed and finished beef better for the environment?
Grassfed cattle produce food from sources inedible to humans in environments and landscapes where cropping is impossible. These growing practices promotes perennials and enhances biodiversity while returning and recycling plant nutrients to depleted soil. Rotating cattle responsibly improves soil carbon sequestration and counteracts a general trend towards desertification and degradation of rangelands and supports rural communities.
Q: Where can I buy your product?
Most of our products can be found on our online store. We can also be found at New Season's Market and Market of Choice grocery stores.