presents unique rancher stories in an effort to demonstrate
its commitment to the highest quality of ingredients that not
only offer great taste, but stand up to the mighty standards
of today’s health conscious consumers.
Brings You the Finest in California Raised,
All Natural, Fresh Never Frozen, Dry Aged Beef
Ranch - Rippon California
to R) Owner/Rancher Leonard Vanderberg,
with Curt Schmidt, also a rancher.
Owner Leonard Vanderberg
still works the ranch exclusively with his wife, and four children.
Their commitment goes far beyond the usual exclusion of antibiotics,
hormones, and chemicals in their feed that is the trademarked
conversation of most natural and organic ranchers. The lifestyle
of the animals is just as important as the feed they receive.
The total combined effort of their knowledge and experience with
livestock has contributed to their production of the finest tasting
natural meat you could ever hope to taste.
hulls ready to be added in to feed.
There are never
more than 200 cattle on the ranch at any given time. They are
then grouped together according to size, instead of age, so as
to avoid pecking order disputes among the animals, which causes
stress. Stress affects the taste of the meat!
The grass fed plains
that feed the animals are grown from unfertilized soil and fresh
water that flows down from the Sierra Nevada mountains. There
are no recycled elements or products of any kind used in the raising
of these cattle.
Feed is brought
in from local farmers who grow their crops free of pesticides
specifically for the Vanderberg Ranch. The steers are fed twice
daily with a combination of corn, barley, grass and naturally
occurring minerals such as salt. This is a slow growth feed process
that requires more time to get the steers up to weight, but the
time and effort produce the most flavorful results.
operations harvest entire herds and spray the carcasses with chlorinated
water to bleach the fat and prevent shrinkage. Our steers are
individually assessed and harvested at their peak, then chilled
naturally. All of this takes more time, effort and money, but
the results are worth it.
But that is just
the tip of the nutritional iceberg.
healthy flaked Corn Product
A lot of the nutrition
comes from corn, but from different parts of the corn. The hard
outer shell of the corn is good, digestive feed. It is flattened,
then steam rolled, and cut into nice, big nutritional flakes.
The large flakes give the cattle something to chew on, making
the meal more enjoyable, and therefore, more nutritious. Corn
gluten, which yields a whopping 19% of the protein that the animal
consumes, is part of the grain kernel itself. Added into to the
feed, this is the highest individual form of nutritional content
that the cattle receive! The TDN, or Total Digestive Nutrients,
is 60% , which means that 60% of all the protein that is consumed
by the animal is actually used by the body, and is digestible.
Feed Product in Hand
Add to this almond
hulls, oats, rice bran, soybean meal, mineral, and cotton lint
(a by product of the cotton seed which is very digestible) , and
you have a complete feeding system for the cattle on the Vanderberg
Ranch. This not only contributes to the nutritious well being
of the animals, but you can begin to understand why this beef
tastes so superior to other forms of beef that have been branded
as either Natural or Organic.
is bagged in large, sterilized, containers for animal safety.
feed is then bagged, to avoid contamination.
As the seasons
turn, the feed is fine tuned in order to get the best performance
out of the animal.
, a rancher who brings superior commitment to the care and feeding
of his cattle, says, “There are many ways to feed an animal,
and many ways to cut corners, but when it is all said and done,
there are no shortcuts when it comes to taste.”
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