Other than milk from the cow, Connolly Ranch Natural Beef steers eat only nature's grasses from the open range where they graze. They are never sent to a feed lot and are not fed any corn or grain to finish them. We supplement with salt blocks and locally grown hay, primarily when we gather or if annual grasses are low due to drought.
No Hormones or Antibiotics
Connolly Ranch Natural Beef steers are not given any growth hormones, implants or antibiotics or any food supplements that contain animal by-products. Our calves only receive non-antibiotic preventive vaccinations. They grow and mature as nature dictates on the open range.Humane Animal Practices Cattle are born and raised on Connolly Ranch on open range land until they are gathered on horse-back into the corral and readied to sell to you. They are never kept in a confined feed lot to gain weight. Current veterinary and animal practice guidelines are followed to ensure cattle are healthy, well cared for and humanely treated. Our Black Angus cows "calve" in the fall. Calves stay with their mothers through the winter and spring where the season's rains bring the green grasses that nurture the cows and growing calves. As the grasses dry out in May we get ready to gather and sell our calves when they are ready to be weaned from their mothers. By sale time in June the young yearlings are about 9 months old and the steers calves about 700-800 pounds. Other than mother's milk, salt blocks and ocassional locally grown hay, the calves which are harvested as Connolly Ranch Natural Beef have grazed only on natural grasses on the open range. We do not feed our calves any corn or grain to finish them or hold them over another season to gain more weight prior to sale to you. Finished Nature's Way Connolly Ranch Natural Beef bypasses the industrial production process. Typically, when calves and yearlings are sold each year, they may go to another pasture for a time, but ultimately end up in a feedlot for 3-9 months where they are fed corn, grain, or other additives and grow to about 1,200 pounds before they go to slaughter. Connolly Ranch Natural Beef is from yearling steers taken directly off the range land, processed and sold direct to you the consumer. We take great care to ensure our beef is safe and healthy for the consumer and our world. Our beef is younger and the cuts are smaller in size than you might be used to. It is also leaner because we do not finish it with a forced diet of corn, grain and other additives. When we say Locally Raised, All Grass Fed, All Natural, we mean it. Connolly Ranch Natural Beef guaranteed Locally Raised - All Grass Fed - All Natural Environmental Stewardship The values of preservation, cough conservation, medicine sustainability and quality animal care and husbandry are not just the current fad for Connolly Ranch, but the fundamental way we do business. Throughout our long history, we have worked to be good stewards of the land and the herd, believing that ranchers and conservationists are natural allies. Improving land and habitat management practices is an ongoing endeavor for us. Using herd size limits, rotational grazing, management of natural water sources and fencing, we work to prevent over grazing and protect environmentally sensitive areas. Over the years, we have participated in several wildlife habitat, range land management and animal care projects and programs with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of California researchers and more. Some of the programs include:
- UC Santa Cruz Golden Eagle Habitat study
- UC Davis Pajahuello Tick Research project
- UC Berkeley Professor Robert C. Stebbins - Vertebrate Zoology Fields Studies