Bunkhouse Beef is pasture raised grass fed and grass finished beef. Our animals are NEVER injected with hormones and are antibiotic feed free. We believe that raising our cattle in the most natural way possible is better for the livestock as well as the land.
The cattle that we use for grass finished beef are raised on our ranch in central Nebraska. They are born here in April and May and spend the first six to seven months of their life nursing off of their mother and learning how to graze forage in the pasture from her.
In the fall, we wean the calves off of cows to begin he finished process and allow the cows to put on extra weight before calving again.
From weaning to the harvest of the animal, they calves are carefully rotated through high quality rangeland grasses and grass based cover crops. Providing all natural sources of feed allows our animals to gain weight quickly, live a happy life, and acquire an excellent flavor.
A common concern we hear from potential customers is that grass fed and grass finished is "too tough and has no flavor." We understand why people hold that opinion, we've eaten some pretty tasteless and tough grass fed steaks ourselves. That's why we have worked hard on developing and bettering a combination of animal genetics and grazing cover crops to increase intramuscular fat. An increase of intramuscular fat gives a better flavor and tenderizes the meat.
We've found that the biggest factor in how your grass finished beef tastes is how you cook the beef. We always recommend not cooking the beef greater than more than "Medium Rare". If the beef is cooked to "Well" or "Medium Well" it will lose more of it's juices. The more juice the beef loses the more flavor it loses.
By no means is our beef the absolute best in the world, but we believe that we are finishing our animals on natural feeds that give it excellent flavor.
Currently, we have beef drop off locations in Washington Park, Aurora, Superior, and Greeley.
In order to respect the privacy of our drop off location hosts, we do not have their addresses public. After completing your order you will receive the address of the drop off location.
If we do not deliver to your area and you're interested in our beef, we will try to accommodate you as best we can.
We also have the capability to ship beef via FedEx to your location.
In order to create a tenderly delicious meat product we use rotational grazing. This means that our cattle don't spend more than a week in a given pasture. Not only does this help the cattle find the most nutritious grasses, but it also helps improve the grassland.
After the cattle are are moved out of a pasture that pasture is given at least 60 days of rest without any grazing on it. Rest period like this allow the grasses to recover fully from the grazing and continue to grow their root systems.
When the grasses are allowed this recovery time they provide wonderful habitat for wildlife like deer, turkeys, and pheasants. Healthy growing grasses like this also provide perfect a food source for microbial life in the soil. The microbial population feeds off of healthy grass roots and left over grass on top of the soil. This breakdown of healthy grasses improve soil life and the carbon in our soil.
As the carbon increases, our soil retains more water from rains, allowing more beneficial grasses to grow and provide more feed sources for cattle, wildlife, and the microbial soil life.
So when you buy beef from us you can be sure you are buying a great product that is improving the environment and restoring health to grasslands.