Frequently Asked Questions
How is Carman Ranch meat processed and inspected?
Our meat is processed and inspected at Kalapooia Valley Grass Fed Processing in Brownsville, Oregon. Built in 2013, the facility was owned and operated by Anderson Ranches Grass Fed Lamb, a fifth generation family ranching business that wanted to do their own on-farm processing.
Onsite USDA inspectors oversee the daily processing and packaging of all products for safety and compliance with government regulations.
Isn’t all grassfed beef the same raised to the same set of standards?
Unfortunately, no. The term “grassfed” is not regulated so sometimes it means the animals have only been briefly pastured before they’re sent to a factory feedlot to be finished. In fact beef labeled grassfed may be from cattle that were:
- Fed and finished on grain, including GMO corn
- Fed a variety of “non-grain” by-products like distillers grain and grass pellets
- Given antibiotics, additives, or hormones
- Sent to a feedlot
- Raised most of their lives in crowded conditions
- Harvested in a huge, high volume slaughterhouse
Carman Ranch 100% grassfed and finished cattle are:
- Fed and finished at pasture, on prairie grasses occasionally supplemented with locally grown hay
- Never given antibiotics, additives, or hormones
- Grazed on pastures free of fertilizers, chemicals and pesticides
- Raised sustainably, using grassland and holistic management principles
- Harvested compassionately
What about “organic” beef?
There’s a lot of overlap between organic and grassfed cattle. The certification is more about how they’re raised than what they eat. The main difference is that organic cattle can be fed a diet of corn and/or grain.
And “natural” beef?
The USDA defines “natural” beef as all meats raised for human consumption without additives and minimally processed. Natural beef can come from cattle raised in factory feedlots, which receive antibiotics and hormones. Fresh meat can be described as “natural” if it includes no artificial ingredients, including flavoring, coloring, or preservatives. Minimally processed products, such as ground meat, also count as “natural.”
How are Carman Ranch animals raised?
Information about how each product is produced can be found by scrolling down to the Protocols section below the product description. Click on any protocol for its definition.
How is 100% grassfed and finished beef better for you?
Grassfed beef is high in antioxidants and nutrients including:
- Vitamin A/Beta-carotene
- B vitamins
- Vitamin E
- Contains more of the “good fats”: omega 3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which lower "bad" cholesterol and fight heart disease, and may have cancer fighting properties, lower the risk of diabetes and other health concerns.
- Lower in fat and calories.
How is sustainably raised 100% grassfed and finished beef better for the environment?
- Produces food from sources inedible to humans
- Promotes perennials and enhances biodiversity
- Returns and recycles plant nutrients to depleted soil
- Improves soil carbon sequestration
- Counteracts a general trend towards desertification and degradation of rangelands
Is Carman Ranch certified organic?
Our ranch is not certified organic, but we adhere to organic principles and growing practices. Some of those practices go beyond organic standards, like requiring that our ruminant animal products are 100% grass-fed without grain or grain by-products.
- 100% Grass-Fed protocol for ruminant animals
- GMO-free products and GMO-free feed for non-ruminants
- No hormones, steroids, or antibiotics