About Us

 

Bringing you MONTANA BETTER BEEF!

 

Who We Are

At Browns Meadow Farm and Pleasant Valley Cattle Company, we are focused on providing  the best beef with the highest level of customer satisfaction.  With a variety of cuts to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be happy with your choice of Montana Better Beef. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.

We don't have any employees, it's just the family.  We are ranchers first, and business people second.  There is no fulfillment center, no call center, no accounting department, and happily no HR department either!  This means you have to be a little more patient with us sometimes than you might be with amazon.com.  We promise we will call you back if we don't answer your call.  But if we are outside with the cows and a storm is coming, or if the tractor just broke down and we've gone to town for parts, or if we are calving in the spring..........well some of those things might get taken care of before we manage to call you back.

 

 Why Us?

Not only are we certified organic, but also we are grass fed!  Our ranches are in the beautiful Flathead Valley.  Our cattle have never seen any hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, or herbicides.

Know Your Rancher

The Dad:

Pete Wade grew up in Texas on his grandfather’s ranch which produced watermelon and Hereford cattle. When Pete finished High School he hightailed it to the north country and landed in Montana where he stayed. He claims to never miss Texas, but we see him shiver in the winter and have to wonder. Pete has a master’s degrees from Princeton University, but at the end of the day, Pete simply loves ranching a little more than the mathematics and botany he studied. Pete is not a man of many words, he prefers the company of cows above all else it seems. Pete is quite a cattleman, he knows what the cow is thinking just a second or two before the cow actually knows. He’s responsible for managing the cattle at the Browns Meadow Farm in Kila. Pete has worked for the Flathead Valley Community College for over 25 years, first teaching Calculus and other highly entertaining subjects; then directing the Trades program. Pete will retire this summer, and will then happily spend all his days with his cows, with no collegiate interruptions. He is an unusually fit man who inherited excellent family genetics, and has recently competed in the Spartan and dragon boat races.

The Mom:

Janet Monk is a third generation Montanan who grew up in Pleasant Valley, Montana which is just about an hour West of Kalispell. This is the location of the Pleasant Valley Cattle Company. Janet has a bachelor’s degree in Math from the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. Janet loves to visit with people and tell stories, and she enjoys farming. Each year she battles with her son Ryan over how much land she will plow. Each year she wins the battle and plows up more land than Ryan wants her to. Thankfully Janet chose to maintain the ranch she inherited from her parents as a ranch, and the next generation continues to enjoy all it has to offer. Janet can be quite feisty and there is no danger of the ranch turning into a development project as long as she’s around.

The Son:

Ryan Wade made a feeble attempt to try and leave Montana after he received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Montana Tech. He lasted a very short time before realizing he simply could not live anywhere else and came back to the ranch as fast as he could get there. Ryan continues to work as an engineer part-time from the ranch now that telecommuting is possible. Ryan manages the cattle at the Pleasant Valley Cattle Company ranch. Ryan is also unusually fit, much like his father, and does more physical work on the ranch than is normal for a human being. Ryan is known to kick up his heels a little on the weekends.

The Daughter:

Lisa Wade also had to leave Montana upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech and went to work in the mining industry. Lisa has managed to sustain her career for just over 20 years and picked up her master’s degree along the way, but has had one foot, and half her body in Montana the whole time. Lisa lived close to 10 years in Latin America and had all sorts of adventures in the Andes mountains and then in Central America. Thanks to technology and communications, Lisa has also managed the business end of the ranch during her mining career. Lisa was born addicted to horses and all her vacation time, and as many weekends as she can manage are spent riding her mare Lucy off into the wild blue yonder, or moving the cattle where they need to go. 

The Son in Law:

Oscar Mayorga was innocently living his life as an Agricultural Engineer and professional landscape designer in Guatemala City where he was born, when he met Lisa. His original plan was to continue growing his business in Guatemala City but meeting Lisa resulted in rather drastic changes to this plan. He is now a United States citizen and calls Montana his home too. He can no longer stand traffic or being around crowds of people in cities. Oscar has great business experience and is an asset for making improvements to the farming aspect with the "sciency" parts of agriculture. Oscar is quite a social fellow and enjoys visiting with most people he runs into. To complete his branding as a true Montanan, Oscar earned his master’s degree from Montana Tech and now knows all about Butte, America. Oscar is a master at the grill and is responsible for all of the taste testing that must go on around the ranch before we are willing to sell our product. He says it’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it.