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From the Land, For the Land

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Ranchlands Meat is produced from our own cattle–born, raised and finished on our ranches. A product of nature, Ranchlands animals are instrumental in helping us achieve our conservation strategies by mimicking the symbiotic grazing dynamic between our grasslands and the great herds of bison from the past. Our cattle breeding program selects animals to thrive in their natural environment, making our meat as close to nature as possible.

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Good for the animals

All of our animals graze openly on our ranches, oftentimes in pastures up to 5000 acres in size. We employ low-stress livestock handling techniques to ensure they are never put under unnecessary pressure.

Good for the land

Our cattle graze symbiotically on the native vegetation of the North American grasslands, where insects, migrating birds, coyotes, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and other residents of this ecosystem are able to thrive.

Good for you

Naturally-raised beef, free of antibiotics, pesticides, or other harmful inputs, provides one of the most nutrient-dense food sources possible.

Raised by Ranchers

Our meat comes directly from our ranches–land that is stewarded by a fourth-generation family of ranchers and a team of young people who are learning to make a career in land management under our apprenticeship.

Our cattle are 100% traceable because they are bred, raised and fattened on Ranchlands properties. We even raise the genetics. We produce bulls and females that our beef comes from in a breeding program dating back to the 1930s which has selected animals to be naturally adapted to their natural environment. Our herd has not been sprayed or given antibiotics or hormones in over 90 years. We don’t shoot predators such as coyotes because we expect our mother cows to protect their young. We don’t spray our cows because we expect them to build natural immunity that resists parasites. It means that for almost a century these cattle have been asked to live from their own means in their native pastures, making them part of nature.

Our cattle are the primary tool that we use for enhancing and protecting our rangelands. They are grazed in a migratory fashion through our pastures emulating the symbiotic relationship between the great ungulate herds of the world (such as bison and wilder beasts), and their native grasslands, which have evolved with grazing disturbance the same as other natural forces such as wind, water and fire.

We think that conservation is much more than protecting animal and plant species that are endangered. It is much more than using grazing animals, as we do, to provide important disturbances to the ecosystems. Conservation is increasingly about people and working in unison. It is about building community, creating conduits for learning and sharing ideas about working with nature. We think that working together with non-traditional partners and using modern ways of thinking mixed with tradition is the key to successful conservation programs. Communication–providing windows into the real-life world of ranching and managing land–are also critical to a future world of working, thriving landscapes and healthy people eating nutritious food. For these reasons, we believe that with you, we must work in unison by learning together and supporting one another.

Our Philosophy

Learn more about the philosophy of our rotational grazing model and the conservation impacts of ranching

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Ranchlands Recipes

A few ideas for how to cook your grassfed beef.

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The Ranchlands Burger

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you give your cattle antibiotics or hormones?

We administer antibiotics only when they are needed to save an animal's life, but each animal that receives them is permanently identified and moved out of the herd so it will never be used for Ranchlands Meat.

Do you use pesticides?

Never.

Where is Ranchlands Meat processed?

Ranchlands Meat is processed by a small family owned processor in Wyoming.

How is the meat shipped?

Our products are shipped in eco-friendly, 100% recyclable packaging with dry ice to ensure safe temperatures upon arrival at your door.

When will my order ship?

In order to make sure your meat arrives as fresh as possible, we only ship orders Monday to Wednesday. If you place an order between Thursday and Sunday, you can expect it to ship the following week.

Can I order less than ten pounds?

Due to the high costs of shipping and the volume of packaging materials needed, we do not offer any boxes smaller than ten pounds for online orders. Individual packages are available on-site at our Chico Basin and Zapata Ranches for local pickup. Please contact mercantile@ranchlands.com for more information.

Can I pick meat up at the ranch?

Yes, we have ground beef available for purchase at both our Chico Basin and Zapata Ranch locations.

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Come stay with us, see where the cattle are born and raised, and participate in the daily work of running a ranch.

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Ground beef is available for pickup in Colorado at our Chico Basin Ranch. located 45 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs.

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