The cattle that become your steak are fed a corn based diet the last couple months of their life in a pen. Many farm to table cattle operations won't show the pen where they finish their cattle (finish means when you are feeding cattle a specific diet the last couple months before harvest). While our cattle are finished in pens for only a short period of time, they spend the majority of their life on pasture - they way it should be. Enjoying rotational grazing and the fresh spring water, #livingtheirbestlife.
The pens the cattle are finished in are on our ranch, made by my family, and are fed by us morning and night. The feed they eat, corn and hay, is harvested by us. They have free choice hay, meaning they are fed a round bale of hay that they can eat whenever they want to. Fresh water, shade, and shelter if needed.
So why not let them be on pasture? For our operation it isn't feasible. We feed them in a pen as we need the pasture for the remainder of our herd. The pasture they grew up and were raised on is needed for the next generation of cattle. What is unique about our ranch is our cattle are born and fed in ONE location - our ranch. They are cared for by us from birth until harvest. Not an easy feat but we wouldn't have it any other way.
If you have any questions about how we ranch, be sure to check out the How we Ranch page of our website, send me a message, or be sure to follow along on Instagram @danddbeef for behind the scenes happenings everyday.