We have a commercial cow/calf operation in Southwest Missouri. After weaning the calves we background them for approximately 90 days before they go to market. We also buy and feed stocker cattle.
For me personally there is nothing more satisfying than to to see that baby calf grow knowing that it is going from our pasture to someone's plate as the tastiest, safest and most nutritious protein a consumer can buy. The Beef Industry is a very complex process. I have had the opportunity to visit some large feed lots and processing plants and one thing that remains constant through the entire journey of that calf's life is the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way. I'm proud of that!
Every new season has new challenges and it takes patience and dedication to be in the cattle business. We love what we do and we take good care of our animals. I feel good about the beef that we raise and the consumer can be confident that beef that they feed to their family is the same beef that I feed mine.
My family loves a good pot roast cooked slow in the crock pot all day with potatoes and carrots.
Between 6-12 months of age, cattle spend time at stocker and backgrounder farms and ranches where they graze on a variety of pastures. Here they gain weight and convert forage and grass into lean protein.