Benefits of Buying Bulk BEEF From Your Rancher
This week, we processed three of our steers that we have been finishing out on a high quality beef builder grain blend. They were about 18 months +/- old and lived a fantastic life here on the ranch.
I won't lie. Slaughter day is never easy. It feels like I am reliving my 4H and FFA years on auction day on a bigger scale. These are animals that we cared for every single day of their lives. Sun up to sun down; we check their health, provided ample food, water and shelter. We did this on holidays, birthdays, snow days and triple digest days.
Every. Single. Day.
Why do we do it? Well, as with everything in life, I believe everyone has a purpose.
Our purpose here on the ranch is to be stewards of the land and livestock. We are here to continue a legacy while writing our own story. We are here to produce quality raised beef direct to you and you family.
Our cattle also have a purpose.
We care for them so they can care for us and so many other families. They are part of our source of income, food and way of life. They fill the freezers of local San Diegan families with nutrient dense protein. They help build memories around the dinner table with full hearts and bellies.
Not to mention, beef is truly the best!
The benefits of purchasing beef directly from your rancher is more than valuable:
1.) You have a relationship with your rancher.
Having a connection to your local rancher helps stimulate the local economy by using your consumer dollars to buy direct.
It also provides a trust and transparency in the agricultural industry. You get to be involved by knowing exactly what was put into your beef, how it is raised, who raised it and the environment the it lived it. Being honest in agriculture has been hard in the past because of fear of opposing opinions and agendas.
Here at Flying F Ranch, we always have our door open and are happy to answer questions and provide all the information consumers need to make conscious food buying decisions. We openly share our journey on social media (@flying_f_ranch on Instagram and Flying F Ranch on FaceBook) with anyone who wants to learn more so we can bridge the gap and create connection and understanding with our consumers.
We love our cattle and customers and value both whole heartedly!
2.) Beef is Nutrient Dense.
Did you know beef has 10 essential nutrients (Iron, Choline, Protein, Selenium, B Vitamins, Zinc, Phosphorus, Niacin & Riboflavin), about 1/2 the daily amount of protein in a 3oz serving and is a great protein paired with active lifestyles. I love running and I know beef is the perfect protein to make be feel full and nourished. (When we have beef in our freezer. Otherwise, we also love wild game!)
Ladies- Pass the chicken or veggie burger for BEEF. Iron is one of the toughest nutrients to obtain that women need to maintain a healthy body. You don't need much beef to reap the ongoing benefits! Just 3 oz is a small steak. High nutrient value with low calorie input. Win-win.
Also- there are myths that have been debunked about beef and heart health. Recent research shows that lean beef can actually improve cholesterol levels.
3.) Cut Out The Middle Man.
When you are buying from a rancher or farmer, you are getting yourself wholesome products directly from the source.
Think about this scenario: How many hands to you think an apple goes through before you purchase it at the grocery store? The apple was picked in an orchard who knows where, put into large bins, transported to a facility that cleanses and packages, then transported again to the store. While it is at the store, it is handled by numerous people before it ends up in your cart. How old is that apple? Where did it really come from? Who grew it?
And that is just an apple, guys... What about fish, shrimp, chicken, produce, everything.
The best way to purchase your food is from the rancher or farmer in your area. You know exactly where it came from, how it was produced/raised, you can ask questions and get the answers, you see the entire process go from the ranch to your plate.
This is a great way to spend your dollars to get healthy products, help our local producers and again, stimulate our local economy. As well, you get what you want and connect with your food producers.