Locally Raised Natural Beef
Christensen Ranch is producing beef the way it used to be, and bringing a new level of transparency to the beef industry. They are stepping back to the days when beef came from the ranch next door and consumers were on a first-name basis with their local butcher. Cousins Eric Christensen and Kathy Wood, and their families, are reconnecting customers with the food supply chain, and shortening that chain, to make food a more personal commodity.
Christensen Ranch is dedicated to bringing transparency to the cattle industry and removing some of the barriers between producers and consumers. They believe consumers should be able to know where their beef was born, how it was raised, and where it was harvested. The Christensen Ranch supply chain is simple – the animals are hand-selected, taken to the butcher, and then packaged according to the customer’s preference – hand-curated collections delivered anywhere in the contiguous United States or bulk beef available for local customers. There are no middle men or unnecessary steps between Christensen Ranch beef and the consumer.
By joining the conversation and offering an alternative to mass-produced beef, Kathy and Eric hope to build trust with beef consumers and offer a level of transparency that has been lacking from the commercial producers.
Eric and Kathy, and Kathy’s husband Don, raise 650 cow / calf pairs on their expansive ranch in Weldona, CO. Weldona is located on the Eastern Plains of Colorado about 80 miles North West of Denver. Following in the footsteps of their grandfather, Edward R. Christensen, Eric, Kathy, and Don raise their herd of Red Angus cattle naturally. Pastured until they are nearly one year of age and then finished on corn and hay, Christensen Ranch feeds their cattle at a slower pace to allow them to mature on nature’s schedule.
Christensen Ranch adheres to the Global Animal Partnership 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Program and the Meyer Humanely Handled Standards.
Currently all of the cattle sourced for Christensen Ranch freezer beef and retail beef are raised on the family ranch and processed at one of two locally inspected butcher facilities. Christensen Ranch bulk beef, or freezer beef, is processed at Stagecoach Meat Company in Wiggins, CO while the retail cuts are USDA inspected and processed at Mike’s Meat Company in Sterling, CO.
Transparency, From Pasture to Plate ™
All of the beef produced on our ranch is:
Growth hormone free
Dry aged for up to 21 days
Single source from cattle raised on our ranch
Pasture raised and corn finished in our own feedlot
Local Beef Produced Just 80 Miles North East of Denver
Packaged for customers who want to buy their beef in bulk:
- Produced six times per year
- Available in three packages or completely custom cuts
- Available in quarter beef, half beef, and whole beef sizes
- Picked up by the customer from our inspected butcher shop
Packaged for customers who want beef shipped right to their home:
- Limited quantities available per harvest
- Available in seven hand-selected packages
- Filled with 18 – 22lbs of Christensen Ranch beef
- Shipped directly to customers via UPS Ground, 2 Day Air, and 3 Day Select
“Most Americans have little relationship to or understanding of where and how their food is produced. We want people to have a stronger understanding of the process that delivers meat to their dinner table. We want people to connect with and understand each step of the process in regards to their food production, specifically beef production.”
“We know that consumers are reacting to the information they receive from the media. Our goal is to offer a different narrative and to show consumers that beef production can be personal, humane, and healthy. We believe in keeping our operations transparent and connecting people directly with their food – transparency, from pasture to plate.”
“To us, natural means the cattle are given enough acreage to graze, they are allowed to move freely, they experience less stress because our operation is built around their needs, and we provide continuous access to fresh water and fresh air, as well as ample shelter for inclement weather,” says Kathy. “We take being honorable stewards of our herd seriously; we respect each animal and are committed to raising them naturally.”
Quick Ranch Stats
Cow / Calf Pairs
We believe in producing naturally raised freezer beef, for our family and yours. Since 1923, the Christensen family has been farming and ranching in Eastern Colorado. Over four generations, we have perfected the art and science of producing Red Angus cattle that deliver flavor-packed, mouthwatering, tender beef.
Christensen Ranch received their 20th GridMaster award from The Red Angus Association of America in 2016. Christensen Ranch was one of six cattle firms in the Naturally Fed Division to earn the prestigious award.
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Months from Calving to Finishing
Our cattle roam the expansive Easter Colorado plains for nearly one year after calving to ensure they have enough time to grow, naturally. By allowing our cattle to mature on nature’s schedule, we produce the perfect amount of marbling in each cut of beef with the unmistakable flavor that corn finishing delivers.
Crops Raised on the Ranch
We rotate sorghum, titicale, oats, grass, wheat, corn, and alfalfa to keep the soil healthy and grow feed for the cow herd to consume during the winter months when they are not on an actively growing pasture
What Customers Say
I have been a consumer and customer of Christensen Brothers beef for 20 years; I can honestly say that their product is the best tasting beef that has ever hit my grill and my dinner plate. Give them a try and I am positive you will be a repeat customer like myself!
Four years ago I suffered from a broken jaw and have altered my eating habits from steaks to ground beef. In September 2010, my husband and I purchased a Quarter Beef from Christensen Bros. and had it cut to our specifications. I had a lot of it ground into hamburger and have totally spoiled myself on the best tasting beef I have ever had. The steaks are truly tender and everything tastes superior to anything around. I highly recommend Christensen Bros. beef.
The very best beef we have ever had, and wonderful people to work with!
We have been ordering from them since 2007 - it's delicious! Thank you Kathy, and the whole Christensen Ranch team!
This weekend, I had dinner with neighbors that buy your beef. They barbecued Rib Eye steak and it was, by far, the best steak I have ever eaten.
Picked up my first 1/4 Red Angus from Christensen Ranch this month. Want to share how happy my family is with this beef. This was a great quality and quantity purchase. The burger and roasts are top shelf. The steaks are wonderful. 5 star recommendation!
We have been ordering Christensen Ranch beef for years and are always impressed with the quality and flavor of the meat. We just grilled up another batch of rib eyes that were amazing. We have stopped ordering steaks when we go out to nice restaurants as they are never comparable to Christensen beef.
We just had our first steaks from Christensen Ranch. Cooked them on the smoker they were really good, tender and full of flavor!!
Great quality beef; our bulk beef order was processed correctly to our specs and in a timely manner.
Exceptionally well-managed outfit.