We are purchasing beef from about 400 farmers that are located within an 80-mile radius of our plant in Lime Springs, Iowa. We have hand selected these farmers as they want to be more than “just a number,” and care about the food you feed your family as much as the food they feed theirs. The beef that our farmers raise is the same beef they feed their own families, so it’s no surprise that they want the best care for their livestock to ensure everyone has wholesome, safe, nutritious beef.
Farmers work diligently to manage their cattle for optimum health. It begins with proper nutrition. Working with nutritionists to make sure the cattle are receiving the right balance of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals and access to clean fresh water to keep them healthy at all stages of life. After the cattle are weaned from their mom’s milk and pulled from grass pastures the cattle are free to graze at feed bunks containing a carefully balanced diet made up of roughage (such as hay and grass), grain (such as corn, wheat and soybean meal). When the cattle reach about 20 months of age and about 1400lbs they are then ready for harvest.
Farmers develop and maintain herd health plans that follow good veterinary and agriculture practices based on scientific research. This includes treating them with compassion and minimizing stress as well as keeping meticulous records on the care and treatment given to each animal to ensure the animal’s and public’s health and safety is the top priority.
We welcome local farmers who are interested in providing beef to us to contact us for more information. Also, our required paperwork maybe downloaded and submitted.