Grass-Fed Dexter Beef
“…from our ranch, to your table!” If you are seeking beef with exceptional flavor, tenderness and nutritional value, then you have found it in our grass-fed, organic (non-certified) Dexter beef.
Our Dexter cattle are raised the old-fashioned way, meaning no growth hormones, no steroids and especially no feed antibiotics. Quite simply, they are 100% grass-fed which means they are raised on natural, native grass pastures.
We want our customers to have a great eating experience. We also want everyone to know we have done our best to care for our animals and to not degrade the environment. Since all our cattle are raised on natural, native grass pastures it only seems logical to feed them throughout their lives with what they would only consume in nature. More and more people are looking for grass-fed and grass-finished beef that is free from any grain products.
Also be aware as if you “shop around”, sellers indicating cattle are grass-fed or using the word “natural” still allows a rancher to finish their cattle on grain or food supplements or feed grain during the winter! In fact, we have even checked natural food store chains and have found grass-fed beef separated from grass-fed and finished beef. There is quite a difference in price, and taste! We select animals for processing when they are between 20-28 months of age. At this age any fine, pearl colored marbling fat easily “dissolves” when cooked.
The goals for our ranch have not changed since the beginning. We wanted to preserve the past while improving on the future of the Dexter breed. We sought to improve Dexter genetics through responsible breeding, to insure animal welfare, and to provide sustainable pastures in tune with the environment (now THAT is green!). We are very proud of how both our animals and pastures have responded. We never use fertilizers on our pasture lands and never used growth hormones or other products that would jeopardize animal health and negate the organic nature of our land or animals. As a result our herd is organic (non-certified), grass-fed and grass-finished.
We are presently only in position to sell by the half (side) or whole and the price is based on the hanging weight of the animal (when it is hanging in the cooler to dry age). Many consumers who have experienced buying freezer beef in the past from larger breeds of cattle find that half a cow or steer weighs more than a comparable Dexter steer and takes up quite a bit more freezer space.
We are regularly asked how much beef one derives from our grass-fed Dexters. After dry-aging (hanging in a cooler) for approximately 2 weeks, the cut and wrapped meat weighs an average of 270 pounds (obviously, a half is 135 pounds). This equates to about enough beef from one whole animal to easily fit into a standard 15 cubic foot freezer with room to spare. Contact us via this website, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 719-683-8636 with any questions.
Update: WE ARE SOLD OUT for 2017!!!! Wow. Never sold out this soon in the year (February). This is a record that was previous “held” by the month of May! We have suggested on this webpage every year to order sooner rather than later. We are sorry to those visiting that wanted wonderful grass-fed and pasture finished beef. Although we will have more in 2018 than we had in this year, you might want to consider reserving your half or whole for next year right now and eliminate any future price increase.
We are now taking reservations for the beef we will have ready for 2017. In order to reserve a half or whole of wonderful grass-fed and -finished beef, simply send in your deposit of $100 per side (see below). We will send you a receipt and you can be assured that whenever you happen to want final delivery, it will be reserved for you. DO NOT WAIT! Once we have reserved or sold all the beef we have available in 2017, we will not have any more until 2018. Price per pound for 2017 is $6.85.
We always price our beef per pound based on hanging weight . Hanging weight is the weight of the carcass after it is hanging in the cooler to dry age. The first beef will be processed around April or May, depending on weather, orders and the processor’s availability. Prior to the processing date we will discuss with you how you want the side or whole cut up.
SPECIAL ORDER SALE.
WE HAVE GROUND BEEF at a reduced price! Yes that is correct. We have replenished our stock of lean grass-fed ground beef. Historically this item sells quickly and we tend to sell out of ground beef even quicker than we sell out halves and wholes. Regularly $6.95 per pound for the previous three years, we are reducing the price to $6.75 while supplies last. The ground beef is frozen in one pound packages with a minimum order of 10 pounds. We can deliver to the Colorado Springs area for just a $10 delivery fee, or you can come by and pick up your order and save the delivery. Please call to arrange either method and to be sure we have enough to meet you needs.
We require a $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve a half of beef and $200 for the whole (checks made out to Hanover Dexter Cattle Company, and mailed to 24895 Myers Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80928) that will be applied to the final price. When we receive your deposit and the check clears the bank we will send you a receipt and a cutting list to be used by our processor.
We will also need to determine how you want the finished meat packaged and delivered (see above for shipping). The cutting specifications can be done at any time prior to the animal going to the butcher. If you are unfamiliar with the various ways to have beef cut, let us know and we would be happy to help you make your selections. Because the same USDA inspected processing facility butchers and processes our animals, you are assured of quality every time. If you wish, we will work with you on any special cutting requests and relay this information to the processing facility. All packaging can be done with traditional white butcher paper or vacuum sealed.
"It is the best standing rib roast I have ever had!"
-J.S. from Colorado
"...we liked it very much."
-B.G. from Michigan
"We had tried two other producers before trying your beef and Hanover Dexter Beef is by far the most tender and and tasty! You have customers for life."
"[Compared it to beef purchased from a local natural grocer] the look of your Dexter beef was much better and the taste was far superior."
-L.J. from Colorado