At Stetson Ranches, we blend our purebred certified Black Angus cows with our purebred Hereford bulls to create offspring known as “F1 Black Baldies”. From inception to finish, it takes our family 540 days of intense care and effort to bring out cattle from our ranch to your dinner plate. Our cattle for slaughter spend the first 6 months of their lives outside and on our pastures with their mamma’s until weaning. They have ample room to roam with plenty of high-quality native grasses in the summer months to graze and are pasture fed quality mountain grass hay that we raise ourselves. These cattle have access to fresh spring water in the summer months and well water in the winter. We hand select the calves we choose to be in our boxed beef program from our main cattle herds. They are then grain fed for 270 days in pens that have ample room, so they do not feel the stress and pressures of confinement. The last 60 days, we push only natural finisher grains to them that creates the best possible meat marbling that science can muster. This is a process we have maintained for generations. Following our custom finishing process, they are then transported to a small, high quality meat processing facility about an hour from our ranch. There, the beef carcass is dry aged for 21 days.
This dry aging process helps create more flavorful and tender meat. Working with a small, local processors allows us to do this whereas a typical processor is generally more focused on volume, speed, and their bottom-line. Although this is important for any business to take into consideration, our bottom-line focus is to produce the highest quality product for our consumers. Following the dry aging process, the meat is then cut, wrapped, and boxed for pickup. The result is delicious and healthy beef, with no stress endured by the cattle and no stress affecting the quality of the meat. This process is one of the many ways Stetson Ranches is set apart from the conventional meat you are used to purchasing at a supermarket. You know where and how your beef protein is raised and can rest assured that what you’re feeding your family is a safe, natural, and sustainable food source.
We guarantee the best marbling that science can achieve! At Stetson Ranches we strive to maintain Prime grade and Choice Grade beef.
Here are how the USDA grade steaks:
Total cost is $6.95 per lb. on hanging weight and includes the feed, processing, and all costs associated with finishing our beef as well as shipping to our customers. We dry age our beef for a minimum of two weeks. Keep in mind that this price covers the cost of not only hamburger, but all the cuts of beef offered in each package.