“GMO”s are never used in our beef program! Raised on mother’s milk, Sierra foothill native and irrigated pastures and pesticide free clover, rye and grass hay, our herd is guaranteed to be pure and natural top quality beef from start to finish. We never feed or administer antibiotics. We never use pour-on or spray-on insecticides. We never use added hormones or growth stimulants and our beef are never fed any kind of grains, corn or animal bi-products.
Introducing this season, our new Angus Bull, “Casino”! His genetics hail from the oldest angus cattle stud ranch in New Zealand! Founded in 1897, the Turihaua Station Ranch is renowned for breeding and raising angus cattle for forage efficiency and the ability to be resilient on native grasses. Their offspring are bred for gentle disposition, fertile soundness, good milking and maternal ability. The steers marble well on good grass and native pastures without the need for grain supplements as American bred cattle require.
The M & A Ranch is a small family owned & operated cattle ranch located in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Browns Valley, California. We only raise 100% free range all natural Genuine Angus sired beef. Each of our calves are born and raised on our ranch and careful records are kept on each animal from the day of birth until they are humanely harvested. Our beef is grass fed and grass finished! The M & A Ranch family has been raising angus cattle for over 30 years here on the same ranch property. We are lifetime members of the American Angus Association. We always maintain and manage our land and cattle for natural, stress-free, healthy beef.
We typically raise our calves for 18 to 24 months. An average mature animal will weigh between 1,000 to 1,200 lbs. Following a humane harvest, our calves are USDA inspected, then stored in cold dry storage and fully aged for 14-21 days. The beef is then custom hand cut, vacuum-sealed, boxed and frozen. On average, for example, a whole beef will yield a hanging carcass of about a 50-55% ratio to their live weight. Using a typical 1,000 lb. whole beef…
The M & A Ranch currently sells One Half, One Quarter, One Eighth and One Sixteenth Beef Orders. These Orders include a full variety of select cuts from both the entire front and hind quarters of the half beef carcass. Cuts will vary from select premium hand carved steaks, to top end roasts ranging from two to three pounds and one pound ground beef packages. Keep in mind finished cut weights will vary from animal to animal. Every order of our beef contains individual custom hand finished cuts, vacuum sealed, frozen fresh, and boxed ready for your freezer.
One Half (1/2) beef order vary between 185-240 lbs are $8.89 per lb cut/wrapped, frozen & boxed.
Quarter (1/4) beef orders vary between. 85-120 lbs are $9.15 per lb cut/wrapped, frozen & boxed.
Eighth (1/8) beef orders vary between 40-60 lbs are $9.47 per lb cut/wrapped, frozen & boxed.
(subject to availability)
All M & A Ranch prices include everything with no hidden costs… from the live animal transport, a humane harvest, to the entire cut/wrap process. Each cut is individually vacuum-sealed and USDA labeled in convenient size packages, then frozen for your assured freshness.
You can expect it will take a minimum of four weeks from the day of harvest until your meat is ready. You cannot hurry quality. It is the buyers responsibility to pick up their meat on the day it is ready.
We often stock eighth & quarter beef orders for your convenience and immediate availability.
We work with several retail markets at nearby locations to make our top quality all natural, grass-fed and grass-finished beef available for your easy shopping convenience.
726 Sutter St
Yuba City, CA 95991
7155 Marysville Rd
Browns Valley, CA 95918
We ask our customers specific questions about what they are looking for. The M & A Ranch sells beef several ways:
a) Our beef is sold as a quarters or one eighth. We deliver our beef live to a processing plant where they are humanely harvested. Following harvest, each carcass is stored in a dry cold storage room for 14 to 21 days to ensure it is fully cured and aged. The dry age process insures our meat will be tender and flavorful! Then it is custom hand cut, vacuum-sealed, boxed and frozen.
b) Some customers want a LIVE beef to be harvested locally and then transported to their favorite butcher of choice.
c) Some customers purchase a LIVE beef to raise on their own farm.
Grass-fed beef is better for human health than grain-fed beef in ten different ways, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date. The 2009 study was a joint effort between the USDA and researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina. Compared with grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef was:
S.K. Duckett et al, Journal of Animal Science, (published online) June 2009, “Effects of winter stocker growth rate and finishing system on: III. Tissue proximate, fatty acid, vitamin and cholesterol content.”
In addition, over the past 30 years, California State University in Chico has done extensive research regarding the BENEFITS of Grass Finished vs Grain Finished beef which you can read in the LINK below.
M & A RANCH guarantee’s our beef to be 100% grass finished only! Grass fed meat is leaner and higher in Vitamin E, beta carotene, two to four times more heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids than grain fed beef and a overall lower fat content and therefore also lower in calories! Some studies show that Grass Fed lean beef actually lowers your LDL Cholesterol levels! Grass fed means the cattle are eating a natural diet they were designed for whereas a Grain fed diet is not a natural diet for cattle. Feed lots were designed to grain feed cattle for the sole purpose of putting weight on the animals as fast as possible. Grain fed cattle gain weight rapidly and unnaturally causing a higher % of “not healthy” fat-content, higher calories and higher cholesterol!
Vacuum-sealed beef freezes very well in the freezer for at least a year. We recommend buying and storing enough beef for no longer than one year as “fresher is always better”.
M & A Ranch beef orders are sold each year on a first come first serve basis. Our Beef orders require a 4 week turn around from the date of live delivery to the USDA Processing Facility: figure three weeks for cold dry storage cure/hang time, & one week for adequate freezing time. We will inform you of the date and place for the pick up of your order. (We do not offer ground or air shipping at this time.) Call regarding local and out of town deliveries.
No, with Quarter or eighth’s beef orders you do not have your choice of specific cuts and thickness’ of meat. Quarter or eight’s beef orders are a variety of cuts selected from the entire front and hind portions and cannot be customized.
Both quarter & eighth orders always include a full variety of select cuts from both the entire front and hind quarters of the half beef carcass. Customers do not have cut selection choices on orders less than a half beef order.
On a typical quarter beef order the total weight varies between 85 lbs. and 120 lbs. depending on the size of the beef at harvest. Typical cuts will include most of the following. On occasions, substitutions will be made according to product availability.
Flat Iron Steaks
Cross Rib Roast
Cross Rib Steaks
(Approx. 28-34 lbs.)
New York Steaks
Top Sirloin Steaks
Eye of Round Roast
New York Steak
Sirloin Tip Steak
Top Sirloin Steak
(Approx. 12-16 lbs.)
Eye of Round Roast
Yes, Since Grass fed is much lower in saturated fats than Grain fed, it requires less cooking time. It is recommended that you slow cook at lower temperatures. BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVER COOK YOUR GRASS FED BEEF!
We require a $100.00 non-refundable down payment for each quarter beef ordered up front. Payment in full is required upon pickup of your order.
M & A RANCH is dedicated to raising USDA INSPECTED and “Natural Free Range Angus” Beef and in many practices exceeds the USDA organic certified requirements! Each of our pastures are always pesticide free, naturally fertilized with cattle manure. We have only opted not to apply for the USDA organic certification because it is a very lengthy and expensive process, which in turn would cause us to increase our beef prices to our customers! We believe personal trust and integrity goes a long way. We strongly encourage our customers to get to know their local producer; find out how they raise their beef and treat their animals.