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(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
Humanely raised
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 job.

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 temperatures.  They 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 additional cost.

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 finished beef.

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.