Humane treatment of animals, workers, and the land.
All animals and humans involved with our products are treated with the utmost care and compassion.
Callicrate follows the direction of Temple Grandin’s, ‘Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide for Cattle, Pigs, and Sheep’ and follows requirements of the ‘Humane Methods of Slaughter Act 1978‘.
Callicrate Cattle Company follows the rigorous Living and Raising Conditions guidelines as created by Mike Callicrate and recommended by Humane Farm Animal Care Standards. They go beyond the standards for humane care, spacious outdoor living conditions, nutrition, and humane harvesting.
Regenerative. Beyond sustainable.
We actively work to restore our land and rural communities. By improving soil health, we are able to reverse the negative impacts of decades of industrial farming practices. From our managed grazing, multi-species cover cropping, non-irrigated, dry-land barley production, to the production of manure/slaughter waste compost (including bonechar), we are doing all we can to restore better health to people, animals and our planet.
Animals are processed on-farm for absolute minimal stress. They are not shipped anywhere before slaughter, and receive the careful and compassionate treatment they deserve, every step of the way. In fact, you can come to St. Francis, Kansas and see for yourself - seriously.
A USDA approved and inspected processing unit at Callicrate Cattle Co. follows the ‘Humane Methods of Slaughter Act 1978’ and provides on-site harvest. 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. USDA/FSIS monitors and audits humane treatment and handling of animals and food safety inspections before, during and after harvest.
Our animals are not given unnecessary antibiotics. They do not receive "preventative" or subtherapeutic antibiotics in feed, a practice which leads to greater antibiotic resistance.
We treat our animals humanely in a low stress environment, which means our animals rarely get sick. For example, the cattle and hogs born and raised at Callicrate Cattle Co. are harvested on the farm. Rather than shipping a live animal, only the carcass is transported for further processing. Any antibiotic use is in accordance with federal laws ensuring no residual antibiotics at processing.
In any animal, ever. (The FDA does not allow use of steroids or hormones in pork or poultry for consumption.)
The product and its ingredients are minimally processed for greater flavor and nutrition.
Product and ingredients are minimally processed for greater flavor and nutrition. Does not contain any artificial flavor or flavoring, coloring ingredient or chemical preservative or any other artificial or synthetic ingredient.
Callicrate Cattle Co. has always worked to avoid GMO feed, preferring to use barley or non-GMO corn as a finishing grain.
Cattle are pasture-raised, grass-fed for the majority of their lives before being finished with a grain-based (mostly barley) diet for ~120 days. This raising style balances their nutritional needs for good health with an end result of delicious, high quality, and nutritious beef. Additionally, feed supplementation is necessary for pastured animals to live healthily in the low rainfall and short growing season of the High Plains. Read more here about why our humane animal care includes supplemental feed and why we use what we do.
Purebred Wagyu cattle are extremely rare in the U.S. Originally imported from Japan, they are prized for their abundant marbling and tender meat. Callicrate Cattle Co. offers beef cuts from both purebred Wagyu and Wagyu-Black Angus cross cattle.
Our purebred Wagyu, combined with the Callicrate Cattle Co production practices, results in the finest meat anywhere.
Like our Wagyu-Angus cross beef, all cattle are raised ethically and regeneratively, pasture raised and finished on barley and grains before being processed on-farm.
The Callicrate Beef herd is comprised of Wagyu-Angus cross cattle. This specific cross produces meat with a hearty, beefy flavor and abundant fat marbling throughout for beef that is unlike any you've had before.
Our animals do not receive performance enhancing drugs, including subtherapeutic antibiotics, hormones, steroids or beta-agonists like Zilmax and Ractopamine.
Fed a vegetarian diet with no animal products.