“What’s in your beef?”


Raised on mother’s milk, Sierra foothill native and irrigated pastures and certified pesticide free clover, rye and grass hay, our herd is guaranteed to be pure and natural top quality beef from start to finish. We never feed or administer antibiotics. We never use pour-on or spray-on insecticides. We never use added hormones or growth stimulants and our beef are never fed any kind of grains, corn or animal bi-products.


We think we’re the Best in the West.
“From our Ranch... to Your Table”


M & A Ranch
“USDA INSPECTED”
Natural Grass Fed & Grass Finished
"Certified Angus" Beef

Contact us today!

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About Us

The M & A Ranch is a small family owned & operated cattle ranch located in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Browns Valley, California. We only raise 100% free range all natural “CERTIFIED ANGUS” sired beef. Each of our calves are born and raised on our ranch and careful records are kept on each animal from the day of birth until they are humanely harvested. Our beef is grass fed and grass finished! The M & A Ranch family has been raising angus cattle for over 30 years here on the same ranch property. We are lifetime members of the American Angus Association.  We always maintain and manage our land and cattle for natural, stress-free, healthy beef.

Click here for our printable PDF trifold brochure.

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Purchase

We typically raise our calves for 18 to 24 months. An average mature animal will weigh between 1,000 to 1,200 lbs. Following a humane harvest, our calves are USDA inspected, then stored in cold dry storage and fully aged for 14-21 days. The beef is then custom hand cut, vacuum-sealed, boxed and frozen. On average, for example, a whole beef will yield a hanging carcass of about a 50-55% ratio to their live weight. Using a typical 1,000 lb. whole beef...

  • A whole beef yields approximately 355 lbs. of finished cuts.
     
  • A half beef yields approximately 177.5 lbs. of finished cuts.
     
  • A quarter beef yields approximately 89 lbs. of finished cuts.
     
  • A eighth beef yields approximately 45 lbs. of finished cuts.
     

     Final cost is calculated on a per lb. basis by the total finished cut weight.

When you purchase a whole or a half beef you have the option of selecting your own individual cuts and package options. When ordering quarter or eighth beef, orders always include a full variety of select cuts from both the entire front and hind quarters of the half beef carcass. Cuts will vary from select premium hand carved boneless steaks, to top end roasts ranging from two to three pounds and one pound ground beef packages.

Whole beef and Half beef orders/prices
                                      are $7.25 per lb.

Quarter beef orders/prices are $7.35 per lb.

Eighth beef orders/prices are $7.75 per lb.

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All M & A Ranch prices include everything with no hidden costs... from the live animal transport, a humane harvest, to the entire cut/wrap process. Each cut is individually vacuum-sealed and USDA labeled in convenient size packages, then frozen for your assured freshness. 

You can expect it will take a minimum of four weeks from the day of harvest until your meat is ready.  You cannot hurry quality.  It is the buyers responsibility to pick up their meat on the day it is ready.

We often stock eighth & quarter beef orders for your convenience and immediate availability.  Please contact M & A Ranch for more details

Reservation Orders...
  • We recommend you order in advance since all beef
    orders are based on availability and on a first-come  first-served basis.
     
  • A $100 nonrefundable down payment per quarter
     beef is required on all reservation orders to be credited to the final price.
     
  •  Prices are subject to change.
You may contact us via email at freerangeangusbeef@gmail.com or by phone at 530.743.2108.

We are not always readily available due to caring for our herd daily but we will make every effort
to return your emails and phone calls promptly.

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Locations

We work with several retail markets at nearby locations to make our top quality all natural, grass-fed and grass-finished beef available for your easy shopping convenience.
 

Sunflower Natural Foods
726 Sutter St
Yuba City, CA 95991
530-671-9511

Tootles Custom Cutting Butcher Shop
317 3rd Street,
Marysville, California 95901
530-741-9174

Tuff Stuff Jerky Company
7155 Marysville Rd
Browns Valley, CA 95918
(530) 741-2882    http://tuffstuffjerky.com

Garbarino Market & Deli 
7205 Marysville Road
Browns Valley,
CA 95918
(530) 742-7103

The Tahoe Food Hub
www.tahoefoodhub.org

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FAQ’s

 

1.  I AM INTERESTED IN BUYING A BEEF.  HOW DO I GET STARTED?

We ask our customers specific questions about what they are looking for. The M & A Ranch sells beef several ways:

a) Most of our beef is sold either as a whole, half, quarter, or an eighth. We deliver our beef live to a certified USDA processing plant where they are humanely harvested. Following harvest, each carcass is stored in a dry cold storage room for 14 to 21 days to ensure it is fully cured and aged. The dry age process insures our meat will be tender and flavorful! Then it is custom hand cut, vacuum-sealed, boxed and frozen.

b) Some customers want a LIVE beef to be harvested locally and then transported to their favorite butcher of choice.

c) Some customers purchase a LIVE beef to raise on their own farm.

 

2. WHICH IS HEALTHIER, GRASS OR GRAIN FINISHED BEEF?

Grass-fed beef is better for human health than grain-fed beef in ten different ways, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date. The 2009 study was a joint effort between the USDA and researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina. Compared with grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef was:

1. Lower in total fat
2. Higher in beta-carotene
3. Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
4. Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
5. Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium,
      and potassium
6. Higher in total omega-3's
7. A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids
      (1.65 vs 4.84)
8. Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer
      fighter
9. Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed
      into CLA)
10. Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease

S.K. Duckett et al, Journal of Animal Science, (published online) June 2009, "Effects of winter stocker growth rate and finishing system on: III. Tissue proximate, fatty acid, vitamin and cholesterol content."

In addition, over the past 30 years, California State University in Chico has done extensive research regarding the BENEFITS of Grass Finished vs Grain Finished beef which you can read in the LINK below.

M & A RANCH guarantee's our beef to be 100% grass finished only! Grass fed meat is leaner and higher in Vitamin E, beta carotene, two to four times more heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids than grain fed beef and a overall lower fat content and therefore also lower in calories! Some studies show that Grass Fed lean beef actually lowers your LDL Cholesterol levels! Grass fed means the cattle are eating a natural diet they were designed for whereas a Grain fed diet is not a natural diet for cattle. Feed lots were designed to grain feed cattle for the sole purpose of putting weight on the animals as fast as possible. Grain fed cattle gain weight rapidly and unnaturally causing a higher % of "not healthy" fat-content, higher calories and higher cholesterol!

Click here for article Review in Nutrition Journal 2010

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3. HOW LONG CAN I STORE VACUUM-SEALED BEEF IN MY FREEZER?

Vacuum-sealed beef freezes very well in the freezer for at least a year. We recommend buying and storing enough beef for no longer than one year as "fresher is always better".


 

4. WHAT ARE THE M & A RANCH USDA CLAIMS?

   WE GUARANTEE:

      We are a USDA INSPECTED and "Certified Angus"
           Beef producer.

      We NEVER administer any added hormone’s or
           growth stimulants.

      We NEVER feed or inject antibiotics by intra-muscular
           or under the skin.

      Our cattle live in a low stress, calm environment; they
           RANGE FREELY (never confined in feed lots).

      We NEVER feed grain, corn, any bi-products or
           Ionophores.

      We NEVER apply external pesticides on our cattle
           during their lifetime.  

      Our NATURAL Angus beef is "minimally processed"
           in a USDA certified facility.


5. HOW SOON CAN I EXPECT MY BEEF ORDER TO BE AVAILABLE?

M & A Ranch beef orders are sold each year on a first come first serve basis. Our Beef orders require a 4 week turn around from the date of live delivery to the USDA Processing Facility: figure three weeks for cold dry storage cure/hang time, & one week for adequate freezing time. We will inform you of the date and place for the pick up of your order. (We do not offer ground or air shipping at this time.) Call regarding local and out of town deliveries.

 
 

6. CAN I CHOOSE MY OWN CUSTOM CUTS FOR MY BEEF ORDER?

Yes, With Whole or one half (½) beef orders you have your choice of specific cuts and thickness’, bone-in or boneless, standing rib roasts or rib eye steaks, etc. Quarter or eighth’s beef orders are a variety of cuts selected from the entire front and hind portions and cannot be customized.

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7.  WHAT ARE THE TYPICAL CUTS IN A QUARTER BEEF AND EIGHTH BEEF?

Both quarter & eighth orders always include a full variety of select cuts from both the entire front and hind quarters of the half beef carcass.  Customers do not have cut selection choices on orders less than a half beef order. 

On a typical quarter beef order the total weight varies between 75 lbs. and 90 lbs. depending on the size of the beef at harvest.  Typical cuts will include most of the following.  On occasions, substitutions will be made according to product availability.

Brisket       Beef Stew       Flat Iron Steaks       Beef Shank       Cross Rib Roast       Knuckle Bones
Cross Rib Steaks             Ground Beef (Approx. 28-34 lbs.)             Rib Steaks             Rump Roast
Short Ribs          London Broil          New York Steaks          Top Sirloin Steaks
Filet Mignon       Eye of Round Roast       Petite Tender

 

On a typical eighth beef order the total weight varies between 35 lbs. and 47 lbs. depending on the size of the beef at harvest.  Typical cuts include...

       Stew Meat            Short Ribs            New York Steak            Rib Steaks            Sirloin Tip Steak        
        Top Sirloin Steak         Flank Steak          Ground Beef (Approx. 12-16 lbs.)           London Broil         
Beef Shank     Knucklebones      Brisket     Petite Tender     Filet Mignon     Eye of Round Roast
 

8. DOES GRASS FED BEEF COOK DIFFERENTLY THAN GRAIN FED?

Yes, Since Grass fed is much lower in saturated fats than
Grain fed, it requires less cooking time. It is recommended
that you slow cook at lower temperatures. 
BE CAREFUL
NOT TO OVER COOK YOUR GRASS FED BEEF!

9. WHEN DO I PAY FOR MY ORDER?

We require a $100.00 non-refundable down payment for
each quarter beef ordered up front. Payment in full is required upon pickup of your order.


10. DO YOU SELL ORGANIC CERTIFIED BEEF?

M & A RANCH is dedicated to raising USDA INSPECTED and "Certified Natural Free Range Angus" Beef and in many practices exceeds the USDA organic certified requirements! Each of our pastures are always pesticide free, naturally fertilized with cattle manure. We have only opted not to apply for the USDA organic certification because it is a very lengthy and expensive process, which in turn would cause us to increase our beef prices to our customers!  We  believe personal trust  and integrity  goes  a long way.  We strongly encourage our customers to get to know their local producer; find out how they raise their beef and treat their animals.

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Contact

We are located just north/east of Marysville, California off Highway 20 in Browns Valley.

We can be reached by email at freerangeangusbeef@gmail.com
or by phone at 530.743.2108

We are also listed at
 
http://www.eatwild.com
 http://www.localharvest.org

http://www.tahoefoodhub.org
http://www.northyubagrown.org
http://www.csuchico.edu/grassfedbeef

 

 

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