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How do you raise your cattle with land conservation in mind?
Broke Tree Ranch has implemented conservation practices to reduce soil erosion and improve water quality. We utilize a rotational grazing program with a watering system of pipeline to tanks instead of relying on ponds and streams. Cattle are always kept within 800 ft. of a clean water source. Cattle are moved to fresh pasture between our divided paddocks every few days. This system reduces overgrazing, builds soil organic matter, encourages greater plant biodiversity, and infiltrates more water making pastures more drought-resistant.
How are your calves weaned?
Our calves are weaned using a peaceful, low-stress method called "fenceline" weaning. Calves and mothers can see, hear, and smell one another, but cannot nurse. This eliminates nearly all the stress involved with the transition, creating an environment that supports both baby and mother until the calves are ready to move on.
Once the calves are weaned, they receive a mix of hay, supplemental feed, and a mineral supplement to support their nutrient needs.
How are your cattle finished?
We focus on creating the perfect marbling to really add flavor to our beef. Our cattle are sweet-feed finished for a period of 180 days to ensure flavorful meat throughout the animal. We also provide hay and fresh water for the cattle being finished.
Do you use growth hormones?
Our cattle never receive growth hormones, implants or preventative antibiotics. When an animal gets sick, we try a natural remedy like a vitamin shot. If the animal’s well-being is in danger, we will go ahead and treat the animal with antibiotics, but the treated animal is REMOVED from our program and NOT sold as Broke Tree Ranch beef.
What does hanging weight mean?
Hanging Weight is the weight of the carcass after the hide and internal organs have been removed.
Who processes Broke Tree Ranch Beef?
We are proud to have several Arkansas Meat Processing partners to process our beef safely, humanely, and with the highest quality standards.
Is your retail beef inspected by the USDA?
For our retail cuts, we use an Arkansas processor who has USDA-inspected facilities, with an inspector examining every animal.
Are the cattle harvested humanely?
This is important to us. We are ethically bound to treat the animals in our care with the highest standards of stewardship and care. We husband these animals throughout their life, and are adamant that the harvest of our beef be done with no stress and no pain. The animals are handled quietly and dispatched instantly.
How Is The Meat Packaged?
Our meat processor partners vacuum seals all individual cuts of meat and labels them appropriately.
Can I request different cuts for my beef?
Yes. Your beef will be processed into whatever cuts you desire