Home on the range...and in the pasture, and at the feedyard. Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way by using the latest technology and resources. Currently there are more than 9,000 cattle farms and ranches in The Evergreen State, with an average herd size of 40 cattle. Learn more about the people and the process involved in raising beef from the pasture to the plate.
The beef community has a long-standing commitment to caring for their animals and providing families with the safest, highest-quality beef possible. The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program trains farmers and ranchers on best practice cattle management techniques to ensure their animals and the environment are cared for.
Welcome to Easterday Ranches just outside of Pasco, Washington. The Easterday family is four generations deep in agriculture in the Columbia Basin. They're a family and team passionate about what they do, which is produce high quality beef for consumers right here in Washington and beef-lovers around the world.
Klickitat County rancher Jane Lee is a force of nature. Whether it's helping a mother cow have a calf or saving a hiker off the side of a mountain, she's up to the task. Her super power is helping others, and this influential woman is passing it down to the next generations at Lee Ranch.
Beef cattle aren't cloned, but Clay Schuster and his six year old mini-me Royce might make you believe biotech is behind the next generation of ranchers on this family enterprise that dates back to the 1880s. See how investment in cattle breeding is making beef more sustainable.
The cattle at El Oro Cattle Feeders in Moses Lake are healthy locavores. They enjoy the leftovers from many of Washington's agricultural crops including potatoes, grains, and grasses. The yard's horseback cattle health experts take care of the rest, checking on every animal, every day.
Visionary, or just practical? You decide. At Coulee Flats Dairy, Case has built a dairy farm inside of a crop farm. And they both benefit. The cattle are the key to using the farm's land and water in a way that's sustainable by design.
At Adrian Cattle Co., they know what it takes to keep 1,000 cattle healthy. Then again, these parents know how to keep 11 kids healthy too. Meet this unique family who works together to care for the cattle on their ranch and feed yard near Soap Lake, Washington.