Raising grass-fed beef in Southern California

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California does not have enough slaughterhouses to support all the state’s ranches. Instead of trucking her animals six hours to the nearest packing plant, Poett established the first mobile slaughter unit in California with a group of ranchers. This allows her to harvest the animals on the farm when they reach market weight.

Elizabeth Poett’s family has been raising cattle on grass in Lompoc, California since 1837. At Rancho San Julian, the herd of Black Angus is never given antibiotics, hormones, corn or soy. Raising the animals on pasture arguably results in a smaller carbon footprint than grain, and the meat is more nutritious because it’s lower in fat and has more omega-3s than grain-fed beef. The cattle are also raised and harvested using humane practices. Poett believes this leads to better tasting meat, “like beef is supposed to taste.”