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Pasture to Plate Protocol

  • Good management and humane treatment of our animals reduces stress and prevents disease, making it possible to eliminate sub-therapeutic antibiotics in the feeding program.
  • Herds are managed in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • No growth promoting steroids or hormones are used in our feeding program, resulting in more tender and flavorful beef.
  • Our cattle are younger than commodity cattle, resulting in more tender beef with less connective tissue, eliminating the mechanical and chemical tenderization necessary with commodity beef.
  • Animals are slaughtered in a humane and safe manner.
  • Linking directly with our customers minimizes the distance from pasture to plate.
  • We age our beef for two to three weeks to achieve optimal tenderness and flavor.

All animals at Callicrate Cattle Company are born, raised and harvested, and remain in the U.S. throughout their lives. Production records are kept through harvest. Callicrate Cattle Company produces and raises animals without the use of animal byproducts in the feeding program. Callicrate Cattle Company accepts only animals that have not been fed animal byproducts. There are no hormones, no performance enhancing drugs, or subtherapeutic antibiotics used in the feeding program.


Humane Treatment and Handling of Animals

Callicrate Cattle Company (Establishment # EST. 40432M) follows the direction of Temple Grandin’s, ‘Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide for Cattle, Pigs, and Sheep’. A USDA approved and inspected processing unit following the ‘Humane Methods of Slaughter Act 1978’ provides on-site harvest. In 2011, in partnership with the Socially Responsible Ag Project, Callicrate developed the mobile meat processing unit which received a US Department of Agriculture grant of inspection. With on-site processing, animals on the Callicrate ranch are walked or moved a very short distance to harvest, avoiding the travel stress of trucking. SDA FSIS monitors and audits humane treatment and handling of animals and food safety inspections before, during and after harvest.

Callicrate Cattle Company follows all requirements of the ‘Humane Methods of Slaughter Act 1978‘  


Living, Raising and Raising Conditions

Callicrate Cattle Company follows the rigorous Living, Raising and Raising Conditions guidelines as created by Mike Callicrate and recommended by Humane Farm Animal Care Standards, January 2014. Callicrate Cattle Company goes beyond the standards for humane care, spacious outdoor living conditions, nutrition, and humane harvesting.

Raising conditions from birth to harvest begin with calves remaining with their pastured mothers for about six months, followed by a low stress weaning process where cows are removed and calves remain in their familiar environment consuming high roughage, low grain diets including vitamins and mineral supplements. After weaning, the calves are grown on the high roughage diet to heavier feeder weights and then transitioned to lower roughage, higher barley diets until they reach their finished weight. Diets are designed to fit the ruminant’s ability to digest without the use of antibiotics commonly used in the higher grain diets of industrial type cattle feeding operations.  

Callicrate Cattle Company has procedure in place for Tracing and Segregation of Conforming and Non-Conforming Animals


Callicrate Cattle Company Beef Bone Broth

Callicrate Cattle Company Beef Bone Broth is all natural. The beef bone broth does not contain any artificial flavor or flavoring, coloring ingredient or chemical preservative or any other artificial or synthetic ingredient. The product and its ingredients are not more than minimally processed.

 For any questions or concerns, please contact Donna Zerger at 719-473-2306 ext. 206 or email    
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