Four Generations of Ranching

our beginnings

We believe in producing naturally raised beef, for our family and yours. Since 1923, our family has been farming and ranching in Northeastern Colorado. Over four generations we have perfected the art and science of producing Red Angus cattle that deliver flavor-packed, mouthwatering, tender beef.

Edward R. Christensen set his sights on Weldon Valley because the nutrient-rich farm ground and abundant water made it the ideal place to raise crops and livestock. Edward and his wife, Mary, started out raising sheep, sugar beets, and four children while expanding the ranch through the purchases of neighboring farms. In 1949 they started raising Hereford cattle and were some of the first ranchers to feed cattle year-round in Northeastern Colorado.

Edward passed away in 1969 and his three sons, Don, Glen, and Larry, formed Christensen Bros., Inc. to steer the ranch forward while maintaining their father’s commitment to raising cattle naturally.

In 1995, Christensen Bros., Inc. began feeding and marketing our naturally raised beef to a wider audience with custom quarter, half, and whole bulk beef. In 2000, we focused on Red Angus cattle in order to produce the best tasting, naturally raised beef. Red Angus are a calm, maternal breed which means they make excellent mothers that produce fast-growing calves. Red Angus cattle also produce beef that is among the highest in the industry for marbling, tenderness, quality grade, and flavor. At our ranch, they continue to be produced in the same natural tradition that Edward and Mary established back in 1949.

Milestones on the Ranch

A lot has happened on the ranch since our grandfather, Edward, came out in 1923. As things have changed, we’ve never strayed from his focus on doing things right, for our land and for our animals.

Edward Christensen with draft horses used for working the farm fields
1923
Our grandfather, Edward Christensen, leased a portion of the land that would become Christensen Ranch in Weldon Valley. He bought a draft horse team and harness from his brother, Pete, and a mower, beet cultivator, and harrow from his cousin, to work the fields. He also purchased 4 sows, 2 dozen hens, and 2 roosters.
1923
Edward Christensen farming on the ranch
1924
Edward purchased the land in Weldon Valley. The nutrient-rich farm ground and abundant water made it the ideal place to raise crops and livestock. He continued raising and selling pigs and chickens while farming the land.
1924
Edward and Mary Christensen with their four children
1927
Edward and Mary married. They began their life together raising sheep, sugar beets, and four children while expanding the ranch through the purchases of neighboring farms.
1927
Hereford cattle in the pasture at Christensen Ranch
1949
Edward & Mary started raising Hereford cattle and were some of the first ranchers to feed cattle year-round in Northeastern Colorado.
1949
Don, Glen, and Larry Christensen formed Christensen Bros. Inc
1969
Grandpa Edward passed away. His three sons, Don, Glen, and Larry, formed Christensen Bros. Inc to steer the ranch forward while maintaining their father’s commitment to raising cattle naturally.
1969
Christensen Ranch sharing beef with friends and neighbors
1995
We began feeding and selling our naturally raised cattle in custom quarter, half, and whole custom beef shares to a growing network of friends and neighbors.
1995
Christensen Ranch Red Angus cows and calves in pasture
2000
We focused on Red Angus cattle in order to produce the best tasting, naturally raised beef. Red Angus are a calm, maternal breed which means they make excellent mothers that produce fast-growing calves.
2000
Freezer full of Christensen Ranch custom bulk beef
2016
Cousins Eric and Kathy began selling quarter, half, and whole custom beef shares online to customers across Colorado and neighboring states with an updated website designed for online sales.
2016
Boxes of Christensen Ranch beef ready to ship across the country
2017
We began shipping 18-22lb, and then smaller 8-10lb, boxes filled with hand-curated assortments of our naturally raised, dry aged beef to customers across the country. We love sharing our ranch-raised beef with people who want a personal connection with their ranchers!
2017
Christensen Ranch featured on the Slope Room menu
2020
Our beef is featured on the menu at Slope Room located in Gravity Haus Vail. Slope Room prioritizes Colorado-raised meats and produce for a crafted Colorado experience. We're excited to work with Chef Alberto Soto and his staff to showcase a variety of our naturally raised, dry aged cuts of beef.
2020
2021
Our beef is now available by the cut at All About The Smoke in Fort Morgan! They'll also be featuring select cuts in some of their menu specials. Owners Tara, Matt, and Tara's dad, Greg, are a long-time Fort Morgan family; Greg is the Fort Morgan FFA Advisor/Ag Instructor.
2021