We honor our centuries old ranching heritage by striving for a legacy of thoughtful husbandry and rangeland stewardship. That’s because at Yellowstone Grassfed Beef we produce more than just healthy and delicious beef. On the range and in our neighborhoods, we work to support open landscapes, resilient ecosystems, and vibrant rural communities.
Our cattle are raised on Montana’s vast rangelands, grazing sweeping grasslands, expansive prairies, and sloping mountainsides. Moved across thousands of acres using low-stress handling methods, our cattle graze a diversity of grasses and forbs in a low stress environment. Cows weren’t made to eat grain, so we don’t feed them any. Raised only on grass and hay, their meat is high in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and low in potentially harmful Omega-6’s, unlike grain-fed beef. The best of our steers are harvested when they reach the peak of tenderness and flavor, typically at around two years of age. While others, driven by profits, harvest their steers at a younger age, we always put quality first––allowing our steers to finish on the best pasture and dry aging their meat once harvested to enhance the flavor.
Encompassing more than 30,000 acres and miles of winding rivers and perennial streams, our ranches span some of Montana’s most dynamic ecosystems. As stewards of this stunning and oftentimes challenging landscape, our ranchers are committed to raising livestock using ecologically responsible and humane practices, including low-stress handling and planned, rotational grazing and practice wildlife-friendly management to ensure the ecological vitality of the range.
Cattle have been forced by the conventional market into feedlots, gorged on a steady diet of corn, protein supplements, antibiotics, and growth hormones. Grain feeding is not only hard on the animal’s digestion, it also makes them more prone to sickness, which leads to the heavy use of subtherapeutic antibiotics. Commodity farmers are pushed to fatten their steers quickly and easily in crowded, unhygienic feedlots––breeding grounds for disease such as E. Coli.
Our cows are raised in the open air, on pasture. They enjoy an extremely high quality of life and are less prone to sickness or disease. Their natural diet also produces leaner beef, high in heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which some studies suggest can reduce your risk of cancer. Better for you, better for the cows, and better for our landscapes.