At 'Rancho Alena' we are fully engaged and focused on raising only 100% All Natural Black Angus Beef. Now, as simple and straight forward as that may sound, it is actually a very complex and time consuming process that we have developed in order to produce what we refer to as 'True All Natural Beef'. It took us almost 4 years of experiments to develop and fine tune our program until we finally produced a product that we felt to be perfect on all levels and at this point we stopped experimenting and adopted this formula as our signature recipe.
Here are some highlights of our All Natural Beef program. All of our cattle are California ranch born and raised and are either Black Angus or Angus/Wagyu cross cattle breeds. Our cattle are raised in a 100% open pasture environment and will spend their entire lives grazing fresh grasses and hays that consist of wild oats, alfalfa, red top clover and other legumes. The beef steers will get a specially developed grain mix added to their diets during the last 6 months before harvest. The grain is brought to them everyday in the pastures with our grain carts. This method is known as a 'long feed' program and not only does it allow the animals to grow and develop at a more natural pace but it will also produce fantastic marbling within the beef. We have developed a finish grain mix which includes barley, oats, wheat, trace minerals and even cherries and figs. The cattle perform wonderfully on this ration and our grain mix is actually copacetic with the bovine digestive system and they are thriving at all times. Our beef is harvested around 18 months of age and will be dry aged in special coolers for 44 days before arriving at the restaurant. Our beef grades at prime and our hamburger blend is derived from one single animal. In addition, our beef is 'source verified' and we track and follow every single animal from the day it is born to the day it is harvested so we have 100% control over our product. This is our version of 'All Natural Beef'.
If you would like to peruse our 'beef facts' page you can learn more about the beef industry and after doing so you will see why we are truly in a class of our own.