Natural Grass-fed Beef
HEALTHY CATTLE PRODUCE HEALTHY BEEF, WHICH IS HEALTHY FOR YOU.
SAGUARO-JUNIPER NATURAL BEEF is produced by a group of families dedicated to a healthy environment, working together on range and pasture land in the San Pedro Valley.
NATURALLY HEALTHY- Our cattle are raised in a clean, low-stress environment with plenty of exercise. For that reason, we neither need nor use the antibiotics or hormones routinely found in conventional beef production. Also, our grass-fed beef is generally lower in saturated fat and higher in other beneficial nutrients.
WE ARE LOCAL. We live about 40 miles as the crow flies from Tucson and we offer the beef for pickup cut, wrapped and frozen in both Tucson or Willcox. Everything our cattle eat is a local plant product.
DIRECTLY FROM US TO YOU. Most grocery store beef has passed from the rancher's care as calves... to "stocker" operators... to feedlot operators... to meat packers... to grocery stores. These steps put stress on the cattle and distance between you and your beef.
PRESERVE OPEN SPACE. When you purchase our beef, you support small scale, local food production and a vital rural farm. For more information on our policies in relation to beef production, "grass finishing", and land values, see this link: Grazing and Land Restoration on Saguaro Juniper Lands.
ECONOMY. Ecologically responsible family and ranches are a life-affirming alternative to urban sprawl and destruction of wild land.
WE CARE FOR CATTLE. For us, every steer is an individual living creature. Our care exceeds Humane Sustainable Agriculture (HSA) standards. We personally deliver the animals to be processed by a small, family owned packing house of the highest quality.
WE COEXIST WITH NATURAL PREDATORS. We manage our herd to minimize predation. However, predators such as mountain lions are protected, even if they attack livestock.....
ARRANGING YOUR PURCHASE
PLANNING. A split half (a quarter) will require about 3.5 to 4 cubic feet of freezer space. Most refrigerator-freezers can accommodate a split half if filled completely. Remember to order enough to meet your needs for at least half a year as beef is generally available in late fall and spring only. In our experience, a family of two eating beef once or twice a week will consume half a steer annually.
CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS. The size of your order determines how much flexibility you have with customizing features such as choosing steak thickness. Maximum flexibility is available with the purchase of a half or whole steer. With an order of a quarter you may decide whether you would like your stew meat, soup bones, and short ribs converted to ground beef. Also, whether you would like liver, heart, or dog bones (for large dogs). The steak thickness will be a standard 1 in. for sirloin and T-bone steaks and ¾” for round and rib steaks. With the purchase of a split half (a quarter) you will receive a standard mixture including all cuts with a choice about organ meats. If you have a special request for a cut of beef not mentioned here, let us know and we’ll see if we can provide it.
WE REMAIN DIRECTLY accountable to you for all the costs, as well as the quality of our beef. Expect leaner, full flavored beef.
TASTY, TENDER BEEF, OUR ASSURANCE TO YOU.
Updated November 2023
We are in a time of herd building and will not be resuming regular beef sales until fall of 2024 at the earliest. Because we raise our animals in natural environments, the exact dates of finishing depend on weather and range conditions and are somewhat unpredictable. Contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to our waitlist for beef when it is available. We thank you for the interest in our ranch, and are happy to answer any questions you might have.