(Naturally raised and grass-fed with no
hormones, steroids or unnecessary antibiotics).
Proven tenderness and taste
Scientifically proven health benefits for humans
& easier on the environment
Visible grass-to-human consumption process
Get closer to your food!!!
Susieville Cattle Company
was founded with a vision of providing locally raised, grass-fed,
tasty and tender Criollo beef via environmentally sensitive and
humane ranching practices. We want folks to have the option to come
see first-hand how the cattle are being raised and treated.
This is to close the loop, so one can see the whole
grass-to-table process. We
also hope that we can demonstrate a way for ranchers to see another
way to bring income to their ranches without having to have a second
By healthy food we mean grass-fed and finished versus grain-finished
and with, no hormones, steroids or unnecessary antibiotics.
This natural grass diet provides beef with a higher level of
Omega 3 fatty acid and a healthier 3:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6,
or lower in saturated fats.
The meat is leaner with less cholesterol and lower total fat which
results in lower calories.
Grass fed beef is also higher in beta-carotene, higher in vitamin E
(alphatocophrol), higher in the B-vitamins, thiamin and riboflavin,
and higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium.
It has also been found to be higher in CLA (cis-9 tans-11, a
potential cancer fighter), and higher in vaccenic acid which can be
transformed into additional CLA.
Recent studies by
Dr. Ed Frederickson
of the U.S.D.A.’s Jornada
Experimental Range near Las Cruces, New Mexico found that the
Criollo breed is made up of desert adapted animals that thrive well
in the arid desert southwest. The animals do okay in times of
drought and really flourish with normal rainfall. They have a
tendency to move as they graze and cover a greater distance than
British breeds. They
move farther from the water supply, graze higher in the rugged
terrain, graze less time per day, and are more active in hotter
require half to three quarters the amount of feed and pasture
necessary to maintain the British breeds. Studies also show that
they readily eat vegetation other breeds won’t touch such as prickly
pear cactus, mesquite, thistles and numerous other weeds. Because
they have smaller hooves, they do less destruction to pastures as
they move about foraging for food.
Studies also confirm that a low stress, humanely treated animal
produces a more tender and tasty product. Recent literature
indicates that the old way of measuring tenderness via marbling does
not hold true in the case of grass-fed Criollo cattle. The tests
also show that the old established marbling criteria do not
necessarily provide tender meat. The Criollo cattle deposit their
fats internally and in their organs instead of exterior body fat.
This leads to a higher yield per hoof weight for the Criollo beef
It would be
easy to sell the Criollo beef by emphasizing the negative aspects of
the current high volume, grain-finishing process, but we find the
Criollo’s established attributes are a far better way to appreciate
it as a superior product. We like the concept of a solar-based
product verses a petro-chemical based product. What we mean by this
is that the sun grows the grass, which feeds the cow, which feeds
local people a healthy diet. Large, corporate, industrial, grain-fed
cattle operations rely very heavily upon petro-chemicals to raise
and transport the corn, transport the feeder cattle, transport the
cows to process, and then transport large distances to market. Often
times a piece of meat in the supermarket has traveled much farther
than the person who will buy and eat it. Because corn is subsidized
and the high volume advantages of mass production, grass-fed beef
logically costs more, but we feel the advantages far outweigh the
We find the recent concerns about e-coli in the beef supply are due to
the cattle eating grain which is not normal to their diet, producing
an acid resistant e-coli that is resistant to the normal human
digestive process. This is to say that the acid in our saliva and
digestive system normally would kill e-coli if it existed in its
normal state, but with an acid resistant strain coming from the
grain-fed cattle; it is not defended completely by our digestive
system. E-coli are not a significant problem with grass-fed and
We believe that providing a value-added product to the local market
may be a way for the current rancher to bring another source of
income to the ranch and preserve the ranching way of life as we know
it. Today, most ranchers are cow/calf operations and are squeezed
down by the corporate agribusiness way of doing things.
They find it hard to make a living without having a second
job to pay the bills.
Perhaps this will be a way of eliminating the second job and
maintaining the ranching way of life for future generations while
providing a superior quality product to local consumers.
Please give our product a try and give us your feedback!
We’d love to hear from you.