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Raising Missouri Pasture-Fed Beef

Raising Missouri Pasture-Fed Beef

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While pasture fed cattle have been in Missouri as long as the earliest settlers, this is actually one of humankind’s oldest interests and occupations. The ability to domesticate animals in order to provide a regular food supply has determined civilization's rise and fall throughout our histories.However, it is modernly as precise and specific as any other trade. It isn't anything you can just start doing once you graduate high school.
While pasture fed cattle have been in Missouri as long as the earliest settlers, this is actually one of humankind’s oldest interests and occupations. The ability to domesticate animals in order to provide a regular food supply has determined civilization's rise and fall throughout our histories.However, it is modernly as precise and specific as any other trade. It isn't anything you can just start doing once you graduate high school.

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Raising MissouriPasture-Fed Beef 
Whilepasture fed cattle have been in Missouri as long as the earliest settlers,this is actually one of humankind’s oldestinterests and occupations. The ability todomesticate animals in order to provide aregular food supply has determinedcivilization's rise and fall throughout ourhistories.However, it is modernly as precise andspecific as any other trade.It isn't anything you can just start doingonce you graduate high school. While you can always get a job as a "hired hand", there's awide gulf of learning between being able to drive a farm truck to actually caring for and raisinglive animals - and a host of responsibilities you can't learn to shoulder from any text book. Youjust can't go out into a pasture and pick up a steak.Most who raise livestock have done so their entire lives, and have been able to listen to theirparents and grandparents, uncles, and aunts to glean their experience in order to make it theirown. However, any farmer can tell you that every day out there is another one in theclassroom. And most farm living rooms are filled with books and magazines which tell thenew methods and techniques which are being tried.In our farm, we are descended from a longline of farmers in every generation we'vebeen able to trace. You'll be able to find abit more about our farm managers andoperators at theAbout Uspage.In this section, we want to tell our story of what we've found workable andsustainable in order to both maintain thisway of life and continue to provide youwith the healthiest beef and produceavailable.
Visithttp://worstellfarms.comfor moreinformation.
 
If you find you have questions as you go along, feel free to contact us on the form provided,and we'll see how fast we can get back to you. (If we spent all day at the computer, our cowsand their calves wouldn't appreciate it much...)
- - - -For more data on raisingpasture fed beef , as well as other information onprime beef  as health food  – visit http://worstellfarms.com 
Visithttp://worstellfarms.comfor moreinformation.
 
Our family goes back on both sides withfarmers. As far as we can trace.And that tradition came to Mexico,Missouri around 1960 to purchase thecurrent farming operation.Jim and Laura Worstell established aworking farm there and then, and raised abig family of 8 kids, along with severaldogs, cats, and an occasional pet squirrelor raccoon. And don't forget the llama'sand peacocks...In 2000, Robert Worstell returned to thefarm to take over operations management(as well as the day-to-day chores) andshares these duties with his mother and sister (well, not the chores, so much.)On approximately 250 acres of land, which is mixed hillsides, bottom, and woods, we raise acombination of annual row-crops and also our beef. Typical of this area, we have marginalland which is better suited to cattle than cultivation (which is typical of most cattle-farming).We've found that where we run our cattle actually improves the soil and its health - as long aswe pay attention and actually manage how long and when they graze where. As we continue tostudy and learn about and from our cattle, our daily lessons help us to improve the quality andquantity of beef we raise.We practice managed grazing and are transitioning over to ultra-high-density stocking, as this is even better for the land and actually 
requires
more cattle peracre to keep up with the lush growth and pasture renovation.All our beef is from local stock. Mostly black Angus cross-bred cows, with our current BeltedGalloway bull named "Gene Autry" is servicing these well.
Ordering Our Beef 
We only take local orders, so contact us via the website or call directly. Due to Federal laws,we cannot sell our beef out of Missouri – you'll have to buy it here. Generally, our beef isspoken for well before it's ready for processing. However, contact us for what we have comingup and we can give you an estimate on when the next one is coming available.
We are also offeringLa Cense beef 
 
, which is USDA inspected and can be shipped anywherein the US.
 
Visithttp://worstellfarms.comfor moreinformation.

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