Meet the beef community

Visit a ranch, a feedyard and a beef processing facility in Washington to get a deeper understanding of how beef gets to your table, and meet some of the local people who make raising beef their life's work.

Families in Motion

Washington's farming and ranching families are a lot like you. They juggle caring for their cattle and the land with their family's full, active lifestyle. They have that patented Pacific Northwest passion for their life's work, and a desire to raise a healthy, happy family.

Sound familiar? We thought so. Get to know more about some of the families who raise beef right here in Washington through these WABeefLove Stories.


Cattle Nutritionist

Also rancher. Also mom. Also college instructor. She shares her knowledge of what cattle eat on ranches and feed yards here in Washington and how we work to reduce food waste to make raising beef more sustainable.

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The Sackmanns

Meet this Columbia Basin ranch family and learn more about what cattle eat from Jaime, a cattle nutritionist. 

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The Uebelackers

This first generation farming and cattle feeding family in Othello is passionate about their modern approach.

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The Easterdays

This family makes the most of the fine cattle feeding conditions of eastern Washington. Take a virtual tour of a feedyard.

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The Dertings

Will and Nicole Derting started Post 5 Cattle Co. to raise their boys Hank and Gus the same way...

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The Waddingtons

Justin Waddington and his family raise cattle near Yakima. Three generations work together...

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The Roses

Bob and Jim Rose are long time ranchers near South Bend, WA on Willapa Harbor...

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The Rathbuns

The Rathbuns are hard at work, raising healthy cattle and a healthy family in Moses Lake...

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The Mullers

This family is committed to animal care - as a husband and wife team of practicing veterinarians and ranchers, raising their daughters... 

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The Boons

Washington is a dairy-rich environment. This family makes the most of their farms east and west of the cascades for their cows...

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Spotlight on safety

Washington's One Health working group visited Coulee Flats Dairy to learn more about the use of antibiotics in livestock agriculture. They were surprised by what they saw.

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Beef FAQs

You've got questions, we've got answers! Wondering how antibiotics are used or what cattle eat? How many ranches are there in Washington? Feed your curiosity by learning more about how beef is raised. 

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