According to legend, Wyoming’s cattle industry started almost accidentally. In the winter of 1852, a sutler near Fort Laramie named Seth Ward left cattle out to graze near what is now Cheyenne. He expected to find carcasses come spring, but was pleasantly surprised by what he did find. The cattle flourished, even though they had no supplemental feed in the harsh winter weather. Other early ranchers had similar results. By the end of the Civil War, the huge demand for beef brought a boom to the Wyoming range.
Today, Wyoming is home to 1.32 million cattle. It ranks 24th in state cattle production nationally. Most Wyoming cattle ranchers raise beef conventionally, with the animals spending the last few months of their lives consuming grain in crowded feedlots. However, the demand for grass fed beef, raised humanely and without antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids, or grains, is growing. Regenerative ranching has much in common with the way those mid-19th century cattlemen raised beef. The difference is that cattle out on the range receive supplemental hay in winter.
Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed sources from local grass fed beef ranchers nationwide. No matter where you live, your beef is sourced from the Regenerative Ranching partner closest to you.
Wyoming Grass Fed Beef
Wyoming 100% grass fed beef ranchers do not use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides on their land. Wyoming grass fed meats come from animals handled gently and pastured using a rotational grazing system. This system promotes carbon sequestration in the soils, helping to combat climate change.
The Difference Between Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished
If you examine the beef labels at your local supermarket, you may see some cuts labeled as grass-fed, while others are grass-fed AND grass-finished. If you care deeply about how your food is raised, it’s important to know the difference.
At Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed, we provide our customers with only grass fed, grass finished Beef. The grass fed beef label pertains to cattle who spent much of their lives grazing, but ended up in a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO), better known as a feedlot. Here, cattle are confined in crowded areas and fed grains to boost weight prior to slaughter.
Grass fed, grass finished beef consume grass or forage for their entire lives. It takes them longer to reach market weight, which is one reason grass finished beef is more expensive than feedlot beef. The cattle lead natural, low-stress lives, grazing and roaming as they were designed to do. The way they live helps to replenish soils and protect precious water supplies.
Wyoming Grass Fed Meats Delivery
For healthy, 100% Grass Fed Steaks, order from Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed today. Rely on us to deliver healthy, humanely-raised meat from our cattle ranch partner that is closest to your Wyoming. address. Grass fed meats contain fewer calories and more nutrients than conventionally-raised beef. It’s also delicious! Make sure to check out our cost-saving subscription packages!
Our Stance on mRNA Vaccine Use with Livestock
Due to the increased volume of questions about mRNA vaccines we want to make sure that everyone is aware of the following that is included in our protocol:
mRNA Vaccines: many of our consumers are requesting that we provide an update regarding our position on the use of mRNA vaccines for cattle in our supply chain. In the past, Thousand Hills has allowed the producers to determine what vaccines to employ, if any. However, in the case of the COVID or any mRNA vaccine, due to the experimental nature and lack of long-term studies, we are prohibiting their use until further notice for all livestock entering our supply chain until more can be learned of their effectiveness, potential side effects and potential need for such vaccines in managing livestock herd health in general.