Is PCR beef grass-fed?
Yes, but not 100% grass-finished. Although 100% grass-finished beef has been marketed as the highest quality, cows that are 100% grass finished struggle to gain weight, causing the meat to have a leaner, more gamey taste. Single-ingredient diets narrow the nutrient profile of the meat and fail to provide maximum health benefits to the animal during its life. That’s why our Red Angus cattle live long stress-free lives on pasture grass but are finished on a diet of ground flax and barley, alfalfa, millet or oats, hay, and some small grain silage, which are all produced on our farm. Our customers enjoy the most flavorful beef while consuming a wider nutrient spectrum including Omega-3 Fatty Acid from flax.
Do you use hormones?
No, Pumpkin Creek Ranch cows never receive growth-promoting hormones. Instead of using hormones, we have embraced the commitment of time with our animals. Fat becomes richer tasting the older the animal is, so our customers notice the incredible difference in the flavor of our three-year-old beef compared to what they are used to from other retail sources.
Do you use antibiotics?
Due to a healthy diet and environment, we rarely see health issues in our cattle that are common in feedlots. However, in the rare instance that one gets sick, we administer antibiotics so that the animal doesn’t suffer, because we believe it to be the most humane practice. All antibiotics have a withdrawal period in which the animal is prohibited from entering the food supply chain by federal law, and we ensure that no sick animals are used for the beef we offer for sale.
Do you sell halves and quarters?
We sell Family Feeders, which are similar but better. Traditional halves and quarters are for the producer's interest, not the consumer's. It's the easiest way to divide a cow but not practical when cooking for a family. Most of our customers want a few top-shelf steaks for themselves but mostly ground beef and roasts for their kids. We divide our cow shares with your family in mind, not for the ease of a transaction.
Where are your cows raised?
Our cows are raised on our family farm and ranch located just 2 hours from Northern Colorado and 30 miles southwest of Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Where are the cows processed?
All of our processing is done by the USDA inspected packing plant, Double J Meats, in Pierce, CO.
What is "dry-aged" meat?
Dry-aged refers to meat that is processed and kept at a specific temperature in a controlled environment for at least 14 days. Within the first 14 days, the meat takes on a bold, rich, beefy flavor before the connective tissue begins to break down giving you the tenderness that all high-end beef has (think whiskey or wine). After these processes are complete, we package and flash freeze the individual cuts to lock in the finest quality and flavor.
Do you ship?
We do not currently offer shipping. Pumpkin Creek Ranch beef is exclusive to the Northern Front Range of Colorado.
Do you deliver?
We only offer delivery under specific circumstances. Our customers pick up their order from our retail shop at our personal residence in Windsor, Colorado.
What area do you service?
We service the Northern Front Range of Colorado.
Is the beef fresh or frozen?
All of our beef is vacuum packaged and frozen for optimal freshness and flavor.