Frequently asked questions
Why Should I Buy Circle W Ranch Forage Fed and Finished Beef?
When you purchase CWR Forage Fed and Finished Beef, you can be certain that it has never had hormones added, antibiotics, steroids or vaccines. It was raised on natural native grasses and forage in the rangeland. Then its finished on non-GMO fields of clovers, alfalfa, grasses and numerous other varieties of plants. We don't spray these fields or the rangeland with herbicides or pesticides. And we don't chemically fertilize. When you choose our organically raised forage finished beef, you will be purchasing beef free of all these harmful, destructive byproducts.
Do CWR Beeves Receive Any Supplemental Feeds?
When you purchase CWR Beef, you can be assured the animal's diet is foraged based from the time the calf is young enough to begin supplementing its mother's milk supply with foraging, all the way to the butcher date. The only food products that don't come directly from our land are salt, kelp, and apple cider vinegar; all of which are certified OMRI approved and Organic products. The hay that is supplemented during the winter months comes from our fields that never get sprayed with herbicides, pesticides, or fertilized with chemicals. But other than that, our beeves are doing what they were designed to do...graze.
Why is 100% Forage Fed and Finished so Important?
When you purchase our forage fed and finished beef, you are getting a meat protein that is built up with a healthy balance of omega-3s(derived from the leaves) and omega-6s(derived from the seed). This is important because beef high in omega-6 can lead to health problems such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammation, and autoimmune dysfunction. CWR beeves contrasts the typical grain finished animal that is high in omega-6, making CWR beef better for you! Achieving the healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 naturally happens when our animals are raised on a strictly forage based diet. Another important nutritional fact that separates a foraging herbivore from a grain fed animal, is they contain conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Scientific studies are now revealing the important fat burning properties of CLA. CWR Forage Fed and Finished Beef is simply, healthier.
Are CWR Beeves Vaccinated?
No. We do not vaccinate our animals. We believe that vaccinations are band-aides masking mismanagement. And, often if management protocol is adjusted, the problem can be resolved. Under typical cattle operations vaccinations are commonplace. Multiple vaccinations and boosters given throughout the lifetime of the bovine is routine practice in most cattle operations. Growing up, my family's cattle operation was anything but ordinary. One of the positives of the family program was that we didn't vaccinate. My father and his brothers have raised healthy cattle under this program for 40 plus years. Their cattle live twice as long as cattle in commercial herds that are under normal vaccination protocol. At CWR, we've adopted that same policy.
Does CWR Use Antibotics?
No. At Circle W Ranch, we don't feed or inject our cattle with antibiotics. In the typical feed lot, cattle are routinely fed antibiotics in their rations. This accomplishes three things. First, it helps keep the animals from dying because of the unhealthy environment they reside in and the unhealthy food they are fed. Second, it stimulates growth in the cattle, similar to a growth hormone. Third, it increases the profit margin, and makes cheaper beef. But not healthier.
Do CWR Beeves Receive Any Added Hormones?
No. CWR Foraged Fed and Finished Beef never receive added hormones. Why is this important? In most traditional feed lots, producers have found that if cattle are given estrogen, or if they alter the cattle's hormones, it encourages the cattle to eat more aggressively. Animals then put on weight faster. This increases the producers profit margin, and makes the beef cheaper to sell. But it DOES NOT produce a healthful product.
Since CWR Doesn't Vaccinate, Do Your Cows Get Sick? If They Do, How Do You Treat Them?
At Circle W Ranch it is our belief, that generally speaking, if cattle get sick, it's a management issue. Sickness typically is an indicator that something needs to be changed in the program. Joel Salatin, one of the foremost producers of pasture-raised beef in the US, illustrates this quite well in his book, The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer. He uses a lesson he learned years ago about the sickness commonly referred to as "Blackleg." Once he learned the cause of the disease, he learned it was a management issue. He adjusted his program and it has been a non-issue for 30 years. When I first began managing cattle, I used to routinely vaccinate for Blackleg, along with seven or eight other vaccinations. However, once I learned the reasons for the various forms of sickness, I began to manage my animals differently and avoid these diseases. We focus on getting the beef the appropriate natural minerals and immune support, such as Apple Cider Vinegar, to boost their immune systems. Our animals are very healthy, and therefore don't need the vaccines.
That being said, we live in an imperfect world. And plans don't always go as designed. Occasionally we do deal with sickness in our animals. For the most part, we try to deal with these rare illnesses in the most natural way possible. For instance, we're currently learning about the incredible healing potential of high (extremely high) doses of Vitamin C in animals. But, in some instances, if we've come across an animal that has progressed to a critical stage, we'll resort to using traditional medicine in an attempt to preserve the life of the animal. These animals are then strictly removed from our beef program. It is vital to us that these animals are removed from the program, as these conventional medicines/steroids negatively effect the meat of that animal, and in turn are harmful to the consumer.
What Does "Organically Raised" Mean?
"Organically Raised" means we raise our beef with organic principles. We don't vaccinate, give antibiotics, growth hormones or steroids. Our cattle are free from poultry byproducts; or any other animal byproducts, for that matter. Our cattle enjoy natural and native forage. We don't use harmful, destructive chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Our fields are fertilized and remineralized by our cattle and the Certified Organic and OMRI approved minerals we supplement them with.
Approximately How Many Pounds of Beef Do I Get Per 1/4, 1/2, or Whole Portion?
Depending on your cut preferences, a quarter beef will render an average of 140 lbs. of frozen, boxed meat. A half will produce an average of 280 lbs. When purchasing a whole CWR Forage Fed and Finished Beef, you can expect an average of 560 lbs. of meat. If you prefer the bone to be left in your steaks and roasts, this will obviously increase your overall weight of the finished boxed product. Also, if you request your soup bones in an effort to maximize the many health benefits from the marrow, this will also increase your total weight of consumable beef from your portion.