Liberty Cattle Ranch, Libertyville IA.
what is high-performance BEEF?
LOW IMPACT ON ENVIRONMENT
NO CONFINEMENT - EVER
OUR HIGH-PERFORMANCE STEAK IS HEALTHIER THAN CHICKEN.
A big story begins in a small town
When Jud Parker was growing up on his family’s cattle farm in southeast Iowa, his dream was always to one day operate a cattle farm of his own. Over the past 30 years, Jud has hunted tirelessly for the optimal breed to fulfill his vision of what cattle breeding and animal husbandry should look like.
Between his time served in the US Military, and running a successful concrete construction company (Prosper Companies), Jud became educated in the practice of diligent research, high standards, and integrity. These values have shaped Liberty Cattle Company’s vision to include a genuinely deep care for animals, rigorous commitment to quality, active respect for the environment, and family-centered business practices.
With Jud’s specific hybrid of American Blue-Simmental cattle, he has finally arrived at what he believes to be the optimal breed for temperament, gestation length, and muscle development to produce the healthiest and most delicious beef available on the market today. Rich flavor in beef comes from low-stress and high quality feed. Cows are easily spooked, and their stress releases cortisol which corrupts muscle fibers, and therefore, taste. Relaxed, happy cattle produce less cortisol. American Blue Cattle have a legendary temperament which Jud has carefully bred through generations of his cattle.
But Jud didn’t stop there…
Using nutrient-dense sorghum sudangrass, and his own proprietary blend of legumes, Jud has developed these high-quality food sources to raise the stakes on “grass-fed beef.” Not all grass is created equal. Jud’s ability to innovate in the cattle industry is driven by his soil biology knowledge and development of optimal forages. The result of Jud’s efforts is a limited-production collection of the finest beef products available today.
Go Beyond Grass-Fed. Go Liberty.
The Liberty Cattle Company Difference
We never confine our cattle in tight spaces. Our animals live healthy lives on native meadowlands. Our calves and mothers continue their relationship while weaning and often after - this is not possible on larger cattle farm operations. We never use hormones, and if a calf needs antibiotics, they are tagged and carefully tracked until they can be moved to one of our traditional herds. We don't push the breeding cycle to meet deadlines. What we produce is based on the health and livelihood of our cattle - period.
Even when the carefully selected cattle are at last transferred to a harvest facility, they are only minimally stressed because they have become accustomed to regular rides in the truck. That’s right. We take our cattle for truck rides to get them used to it. Jud believes this level of deep care should exist for all animals in the beef industry, and he is leading by example with everything Liberty represents.
The result of Jud’s efforts is a beef product that is healthier than chicken, respectful of environmental impact, and rooted in American tradition.
Going Beyond “Grass-Fed”
“High-Performance Beef” is a term we use to describe the sum product of our efforts on the Liberty Cattle farm. Liberty Cattle Company beef products are high-protein, healthy-fat beef containing no fillers, no hormones, and no antibiotics. The forages grown for our cattle have been developed by Jud as part of a proprietary blend of all-natural grass-based feed that also includes pea protein. The nutrient density of the feed is greater than the common, generic commodities used on the market today. High-level care takes more time, and our pastures require more attention, but the cattle appreciate it and we know our customers will too.
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The final judgment as to the success of a beef breed lies in the hands of you, the consumer. Today’s beef consumer is more health conscious than ever before and is increasingly educated about the food and beef industry. American Blue Beef purebred meats have been repeatedly shown to contain less fat, less calories, and less cholesterol than skinless baked chicken breast, while still maintaining all the high nutritional elements for which beef is renowned.
*Warner Lab, USDA Cert#4786 Report 9/19/96
**USDA Handbook AH 8-13 (1985),NDB No. 13309,Pg. 339
***USDA Handbook AH 8-5 (1978),NDB No. 05057,Pg. 83
The same genetic trait that results in a healthy meat item also creates a tender, moist, flavorful product as well. A cross-section of American Blue meat will contain more and shorter muscle fibers than traditional beef. This significantly contributes to meat tenderness. Since there is minimal fat content, American Blue beef has greater moisture content. These two items together help establish a base for an exceptionally flavorful product.