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The story began in 1882...
Our family’s love affair with land and livestock began in 1882, when Albert Hezekiah Lasater and his son Ed purchased a cattle ranch in south Texas. Ed's son Tom began a crossbreeding program that led to the development of one of two new breeds of cattle started in the United States. More than developing a breed, Tom Lasater's life work embodied a new ranching philosophy, one that embraced Nature as a partner rather than a force to be overcome. In 1948 the family moved the cattle herd to the shortgrass prairie of eastern Colorado.
Today, Lasater Ranch Enterprises are managed by Tom's son Dale, a fourth-generation rancher. For more than half a century the Lasater Ranch has been a wildlife sanctuary. There is no poisoning, hunting, or trapping on the ranch. Like the bison, our cattle coexist with coyotes, deer, prairie dogs, pronghorn antelope, rattlesnakes, and other wildlife. Believing that working with nature is the best policy, many years ago we implemented practices that helped restore the natural balance between animal species, domestic livestock, land and man.
Why Grassfed Beef?Unadulterated Purity:
Our cattle are raised without antibiotics, pesticides, hormones, growth implants, animal by-products, or steroids.
Lower Fat Content and Calories, High in Vitamins and Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
The vast majority of beef eaten in America today is grainfed, finished in feedlots. Grassfed beef is lower in fat and calories, and higher in important vitamins such as beta-carotene and vitamin E, than beef finished on grain. Research has shown that grassfed beef can lower cholesterol levels. In addition, grassfed beef has 2-6 times more of the good fat called omega-3 fatty acids.
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Lasater Grasslands Beef is great tasting because our cattle are finished on grass; they spend their entire lives grazing in open pastures and are never confined in feedlots or fed grain. They are not given growth hormones or low-level antibiotics and are not treated with pesticides.
We have been ranching for more than a century, looking at our surroundings holistically instead of in parts. One of the most valuable lessons we’ve learned is that everything in Nature has a purpose... the ant, prairie dog, the coyote, the porcupine... This lesson governs every aspect of our business. We refuse to compromise when it comes to Nature–in a very real sense, she is our most valued business partner and the source of our business philosophy.
Call us smart or call us crazy–we always look for a way to do the job naturally with the resources that nature gave us.
Where is the Lasater Ranch?
We are located on 30,000 acres of short grass prairie in Matheson, CO. Matheson is approx. 80 miles south east of Denver and 50 miles north east of Colorado Springs. The Lasater Ranch is home to the Foundation Herd of the Beefmaster Breed.
How are your cattle processed?
Our cattle are processed at two, small family-owned facilities. This cannot be more different than the mammoth industrialized plants where most of the U.S. beef supply is processed.
Our beef is butchered by hand by long term, conscientious employees. While our meat is processed in plants that handle other natural beef, ours is done on specific days, in a batch, so that there is no chance of co-mingling our beef with other beef. Each animal is tagged with an individual number that identifies them all the way through the process.
Are your cattle ever fed grain?
No, our cattle are grass fed and grass finished.
Is your grass fed beef organic?
Our beef is not certified organic. However, our cattle eat nothing but grasses and forbs, supplemented by hay and alfalfa pellets in the winter.
Since almost all organic beef (and chicken and pork) are grain-fed in confinement, we maintain that eating our beef, raised humanely in open pastures, is a healthier choice, more natural, and better for the environment.
As grass fed expert Jo Robinson states in her essay Beyond Organic: "That expensive, USDA-certified organic steak at your grocery store is likely to come from a cow that spent most of its time in a feedlot eating far too much grain".
Is your product free range?
Yes, our cattle are never confined to a feedlot; they spend all of their happy lives on the open range.
Do you use hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, or herbicides?
No, we do not use any antibiotics, hormones, growth implants, animal by-products, or steroids on our cattle. We also do not treat our pastures with any pesticides or herbicides as we believe that in order to have a complete balance out on the prairie all the naturally growing vegetation needs to be a part of it.
What does your beef taste like?
Our beef has a distinct “pure” taste. It is different than grain fed; we think it tastes better without all the chemicals.
Is grass fed beef tougher than grain fed beef?
No, but our beef is much leaner and needs to be cooked at a lower temperature and the internal temperature of the meat should be lower than grain fed beef. See our temperature guide for more information.
Yes, Lasater Grasslands Beef is lower in calories and saturated fat than grain fed beef; it is a great source of lean protein.
What Customers Are Saying About Our Beef:
R.B., Colorado. "As a mother of three young children, nothing is more important than the health of my family. That's why we only eat your beef. My kids love the taste and, as any mom can tell you, finding healthy food that kids like is like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow."
S.G., Colorado. "The fact that your ranching enhances Colorado's natural environment rather than compromising it, while benefiting the health and well-being of not just cattle but all the indigenous species, allows me to enjoy your products while fulfilling a consumer's environmental responsibility."
D.H., Texas. “You're a model for ranchers. Keep up the good work”.
L.R., California. “We have tried the meat and are delighted. It has been years since we have had meat this good. I had almost become a vegetarian but now I know where to find good tasting meat. Thank you all very much”.
M.D., Kansas. “My autistic son is on a diet which includes free range beef. My son has not eaten meat in over five years. When your meat was placed in front of him, my wife and I were shocked to witness him eating the beef. This was a phenomenal breakthrough. Finally, your beef is exceptionally tender and has an almost buttery taste”.
M. F., Ohio. “I was a vegetarian for two years, not because I felt sorry for the slaughter of animals but because I couldn't believe the things that were going on in the beef industry. I believe in your product and will continue supporting you”.
B. L.,California. “Your beef makes some of the best burgers I've ever tasted. This, in addition to the healthy, natural lipid (fat) profile of grass fed beef and your wildlife-friendly range management, makes Lasater beef an excellent source in terms of flavor, health and ethics”.
From New York Times Bestseller, "Fast Food Nation," by Eric Schlosser:
Lasater Grasslands Beef Featured In The Atlantic Monthly article, "Back to Grass" by Corby Kummer
..."Grass-fed beef tastes better than corn-fed beef: meatier, purer, far less fatty, the way we imagine beef tasted before feedlots and farm subsides changed ranchers and cattle."
..."His father, Tom, himself a third generation rancher, moved from Texas to Colorado in search of affordable land, and in the 1950's took the heretical step of making his ranch a wildlife sanctuary, refusing to kill predators and pests or, later, to use fertilizers and herbicides. This, he hoped, would allow him to restore nutritive grasses and water reserves to the parched, depleted land he had bought, and to protect the ranch from developers in Denver and Colorado Springs. The Lasaters were influenced by the ideas of Allan Savory, a guru of grasslands management, who advocated a careful rotation of pastures to allow the natural regrowth of grasses."
Read the full article: "Back to Grass" article in The Atlantic Monthly.
Lasater Ranch mentioned in National Geographic article, "The Great Plains" by John G. Mitchell
|..."In addition to selling live cattle, Lasater now successfully markets cuts of organic beef by website mail order, as well as directly to retail stores. Before I left the ranch that day, I got a taste of Lasater's grass—transmogrified into a free-range filet, stove-topped to perfection by the cowman himself. His promotional literature has it right: "Lasater Grasslands Beef... Dry aged 14 to 21 days for that old-fashioned flavor."
Read the full article: "The Great Plains" article in National Geographic.
LGB Featured on PBS "Nature" Series
|"In NATURE's HOLY COW, viewers visit one of the leaders of the "alternative" ranching movement, Colorado's Lasater Ranch.
There, the Lasater family is demonstrating that they can raise high quality, organic beef using methods that many experts say are friendlier to the environment -- and healthier for beef eaters."
You can watch a clip of "Holy Cow" here: Watch the Lasater Ranch on PBS.
Dale Lasater Interviewed On KRCC Public Radio
Dale Lasater was recently interviewed by KRCC public radio in Colorado Springs. In this interview you can hear the rich history of the Lasater Ranch, the health benefits of grassfed beef, and the importance of land stewardship that we practice on the Ranch. Click here to listen: KRCC Interview.