“GMO”s are never used in our beef program! Raised on mother’s milk, Sierra foothill native and premium 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.
Our Angus Bull, “Casino” was introduced in our herd in 2013! 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 the best irrigated grass and native pastures without the need for grain supplements as American bred cattle require.
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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 sold or humanely harvested. Our beef is grass fed and grass finished! They are never fed grain! 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.
Every season our goal is to raise up our calves from 24-30 months for harvesting. As we are a small local ranch, our butcher calves are limited, so when they are available, they are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Also, when available, we sell some of our cow/calf pairs and heifers that are bred to some of the best Angus bulls in the business. If you are looking to start your own herd or influence your herd with our New Zealand genetics, look no further! When available, we only sell you the best of our “LIVE BEEF” for butchering! (Sometimes, customers prefer only ½ of an animal, so we encourage them to find family or friends to share the cost with. We also might have someone on a list who only wants ½ beef).
BUYING A STEER IS SO EASY TO DO!!
You can come and pick out which available LIVE STEER you want to have harvested at our RANCH or choose by video. Once you select the steer of choice, We require a $500.00 nonrefundable down payment. We help you schedule the local ranch Harvester, harvest date and local Butcher Shop. (Some appointments are already prescheduled) We then arrange & pay for the Brand Inspection. We
transport the “LIVE STEER” to the CERTIFIED WEIGH SCALE. The customer then pays the M & A RANCH the balance owed according to the CERTIFIED LIVE weight of the steer prior to Harvesting the steer. Customer pays the Harvester up front a flat fee. After Harvest, the Harvester will transport it to the Butcher shop in the area, cut and wrapped per your specifications. (Both the Harvester and Butcher are paid directly by the customer).
GET YOUR FREEZER READY FOR SOME OUTSTANDING BEEF!!!!!
We ask our customers specific questions about what they are looking for. The M & A Ranch sells beef a couple ways:
a) Some customers want to purchase a LIVE beef to be harvested locally and then have it transported to their favorite butcher of choice.
b) Some customers purchase a LIVE beef to raise on their own farm. When available we sell cow/calf pairs and Heifers for those wanting to start or improve their herd
Grass-fed beef is proven 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 and retains it's freshness for over a year. We recommend buying and storing enough beef for about 12 months as “fresher is always better”.
We NEVER administer any added hormone’s or growth stimulants.
We NEVER feed or inject antibiotics by intra-muscular or under the skin.
Our cattle live in a low stress, calm environment; they RANGE FREELY (never confined in feed lots).
We NEVER feed grain or any distilled brewery products.
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! Don't forget, Grassfed; grass finished beef is proven to be healthier for your heart.
Payment for live steers requires a $500 down payment, the remainder to be paid before the harvest. The live weight is based on "Certified Scale Weight". All other live animals are sold by private treaty.
M & A RANCH is dedicated to raising “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! (personal trust and integrity goes a long way.) Our many repeat customers have grown to trust us and our genuine care of all of our animals. We strongly encourage our customers to get to know their local producer; find out how they raise their beef and treat their animals.
We are located just north/east of Marysville, California off Highway 20 in Browns Valley.
You may contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 530-743-5726.
We are not always readily available due to caring for our herd daily but we will make every effort to return your emails and phone calls promptly.
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