The ranch runs a small herd of Black Brangus mama cows. Calving is
in the fall of each year. When a calf is born, it
receives a numbered ear tag, and individualized tracking begins.
When the calf is six months of age each calf is vaccinated for
black leg, respiratory viruses, and other standard vaccines from
our local veterinarian, Dr. Rob Thoni and team. This promotes
health, prevents illness, and maximizes the calf's performance.
Sick calves result in poor quality beef products. Calves are
weaned in the summer and finished on grass for slaughter at 22-26
months of age.
The TARGET GOAL of Big Oaks Ranch is to produce and market
INTEGRITY BEEF. INTEGRITY BEEF is grass-fed for healthy, tender,
tasty beef that is free of supplemental hormones (no growth
hormone implants), antibiotic free, processed, cut and packaged
for each customer.
of Grass Fed Products This requires a good team and close on site
management of genetics, health, quality grasses and legumes. Big
Oaks Ranch is achieving this goal through the organic planning;
genetic testing, selective breeding, and grass farming. INTEGRITY
BEEF means Organic
Grass-fed Beef. Grass-fed beef is consigned, slaughtered &
custom packaged. The customer directs their grass-fed
beef by extensive conversations with me for packaging and cutting
Currently there is no packaged beef available in the ranch store.
We will update the availabilities on
this site when we have some.
here for grassfed
beef prices and availabilities)
Resources: Go to the bottom of this page for Links and educational
I HAVE 10 CALVES THIS YEAR (2016).
IF YOU WERE TURNED AWAY LAST YEAR OR LIMITED ON WHAT YOU COULD BUY,
CONTACT ME EARLY.
Grass-fed steers and heifers soon for slaughter.
"Posse" and "BB" -- BB is Posse's son born in 2003.
Posse is retired. BB is currently working the herd. His
brother #175, "Bro", was born in Feb 2013 and began working the herd in
here for the genetics of Big Oaks Ranch Bulls
The Butcher Block in Gilmer TX is my new butcher. They kill,
hang, age, cut and package Big Oaks Ranch Grassfed Beef.
They are located at 815 Machen Ln, Gilmer Tx.
Directions: Drive north from I-20 on 155/271. In Gilmer
at the 2nd red light turn left on 154. Drive 1 mile and turn right
on 852 @ the farm bureau sign. Drive .8 mile and turn right on
Manchen Lane. There is a white pipe fence on the left with a green
building. Go 50 yards and turn left to The Butcher Block.
The meat is cut and packaged to individual customer's specifications
and vacuum sealed as shown.
New York Strip
Round Steaks before
Tri Tip Roast
cut in half
Arm Roast cut in half
Click here for proven Big Oaks Ranch recipes
for grass fed beef
Dr. Mercola -- Zilmax: Slaughterhouse Observations Raise New
Concerns about This Growth-Promoting Drug
Mercola has many articles that one can review concerning health
issues. This article in particular focuses on the dangers of
growth hormones in cattle.
Union of Concerned Scientists, Citizens and
Scientists for Environmental Solutions
Greener Pastures: How Grass-fed Beef and Milk Contribute to
Healthy Eating (2006). See the video please.
Holistic Resource Management of Texas
This website is for those with an interest in natural resources,
sustainable agriculture, ecosystem health, financial success and
Bovine Engineering -
Committed to producing high-quality, grass-finished cattle. Gerald
Frye is the leading spokesman on on grass-finished cattle
genetics. This site has education and information on bull
health, genetics, and fertility signs. There is more education
on linear measuring and outward appearances directly relating to
glandular functions and health and milk production of your cattle.
Jo Robinson's clearing house for information about grass-fed
foods. She provides comprehensive, science-based information about
the benefits of raising animals on pasture.
here for health benefits of grass-fed beef and analyze numerous
university and scientific studies concerning your health.
of Grass Fed Products
Home of Betsy Ross's 100% Grass-fed meats.
The founder of Garden-Ville and grandfather of Texas Organics
Allan Nation is the
editor of THE STOCKMAN GRASS FARMER
PO Box 2300, Ridgeland,
MS 39158, phone 800-748-9808, Fax: 601-853-8087. This is the
leading technical publication for grassfed & grassland
THE GRASSFED GOURMET COOKBOOK: HEALTHY EATING AND GOOD LIVING WITH
PASTURE-RAISED FOODS &
FREE RANGE FARM GIRL: COOKING GRASSFED BEEF HEALTHY RECIPES FROM
NOSE TO TAIL
by Shannon Hayes,
or order directly at
http://theradicalhomemaker.net/books/ (scroll down the
page a bit to see this book)
How Grass-fed Beef and Milk Contribute to
Healthy Eating (2006); This is a PDF file you can open and
save for filing or printing.