WE DEVELOP close relationships with our cattle producers, our grain and seed farmers, as well as those who prepare our end product. Our beef is raised in the sand hills of northeastern Colorado in an environment five generations rich in respect and passion for the land and animals we care for.
OUR MISSION is to not only provide consumers with a high-quality beef product, but to also engage with those who are unfamiliar with the importance of knowing our roles within the industry—and in agriculture as a whole.
WE OFFER Craft Beef and Grass-Fed Beef. What’s the difference between the two? Read on to find out.
What is “Craft Beef”?
Craft beef is a new take on a classic. Beef as we all know it, only better. The crafting process begins with close supplier relationships to craft a high quality, nutritious beef product from ranch to table. On // N Ranch, our cattle are grass-fed first, which makes for healthy and hearty cuts of beef. At 90-120 days before harvest, we continue the “crafting” process. This is when grains and other higher-energy blends are added to the cattle’s diet and are used to craft the beef into the final product. The crafting that happens during this finishing stage allows us to achieve a higher level of the desired marbling in the final cuts. Marbling helps to give the beef a “buttery” flavor that is different than the more wild game-like flavor of grass-fed beef.
Colorado Craft Beef uses flax seed as the main staple ingredient in our craft beef. We’ve found flax seed to be an ideal component in the health and quality of our product. Beef finished with flax has an enhanced amount of good fats and higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E, adding to the nutritional value.
Craft beef can use a variety of ingredients to achieve a high-protein product, including reclaimed items from other industries. Pumpkins, peaches and specialty roasted feeds are just some of the products Colorado Craft Beef can use to develop craft beef in limited seasonal batches each year. This is another way //N Ranch stays dedicated to the sustainability of Colorado. We recycle local byproducts that would otherwise be discarded, and we use them to create a high quality product.
We are very focused on caring for the animals properly, so every step we take including the craft food-stuffs we provide are geared towards enhancing the health and quality of the animal.
What Is “Grass-Fed Beef”?
All of our beef feeds on grass until the finishing period that starts 90-120 days before harvest, but grass-finished beef continues utilizing a forage diet throughout production. Few regions around the world have the volume of grass to sustainably produce a high volume of grass finished beef. Our location in Colorado happens to be an ideal area for producing grass-fed beef.
Grass-finished beef is regulated by the USDA and requires forage to make up 99% of food consumption. Forage is any edible, non-woody, plant material, and does not include separated grains. Our grass-finished beef consumes forage from the time on the ranch to your table.
Our dedication to grass-fed beef was born from the desire to utilize the most abundant resource, lush grass pastures, with which our Colorado ranch has been blessed. Tailoring our beef production towards grass allows for prolonged sustainability, ensuring that the Colorado Craft Beef brand will be around for many more generations.
Grass-fed beef has unique nutritional benefits unique from other types of beef. All beef is nutrient-rich, with eight times more vitamin B12, six times more zinc, and three times more iron than skinless chicken breast. In addition to these benefits, grass-finished beef contains less calories and a richer amount of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins like Vitamin E. It also provides a healthy amount of conjugated linoleic acid, which health professionals believe to have cancer-fighting properties. Our grass-fed and craft beef are the perfect ingredients to many delicious meals you will feel great about serving to your family.
Grass-fed beef is often described as having a distinctly different taste than grain-finished beef. Some describe the taste of grass-finished beef as an “earthy” taste someone might find with wild game. The grass-fed beef also tends to be leaner than its counterpart due to diet.
Our grass-fed and craft beef are the perfect ingredients to many delicious meals you will feel great about serving to your family just as we do our own. With our unique crafting process and seasonal batches, Colorado Craft Beef proudly supplies delicious beef options so everyone’s taste buds are truly satisfied!