Who Are We?
Not only are we certified organic, but also are grass fed start to finish and certified as bird friendly! Our certified organic cattle have never seen any hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, or herbicides. They lollygag around the property simply being cows, and watching them do this gives us great joy. We care about our livestock and we care about providing the best beef with the highest level of customer satisfaction.
We don't have any employees, it's just the family. We are ranchers first and business people second, we hope you understand! There is no fulfillment center, no call center, no accounting department, and happily no HR department! This means you have to be a little patient with us sometimes. We promise we will call you back if we don't answer the phone. 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.
Pete 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 sometimes and have to wonder. He is not usually a man of many words, he prefers the company of cows. He is quite a cattleman, he knows what the cow is thinking just a second or two before the cow knows. Pete has a master’s degree from Princeton University and worked at Flathead Valley Community College for over 25 years, first teaching Calculus and other highly entertaining subjects; then directing the Trades program. Pete retired from the college and now happily spends all his days with the cows. He is an unusually fit man who inherited excellent family genetics, and has competed in the local Spartan and dragon boat races.
Janet is a third generation Montanan who grew up in Pleasant Valley, Montana which is just about an hour West of Kalispell. 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, of which she has a never ending supply. She enjoys farming and each year she argues with her son Ryan over how much land she will plow. Each year she wins the battle and plows exactly what she wants. Thankfully Janet chose to maintain the ranch she inherited from her parents, and the next generations continue to enjoy all it has to offer. There is talk that any time someone has come and offered Janet to buy her family land, they have been met by the business end of one of her many guns.
Ryan is a fourth generation Montanan and received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Montana Tech. He lasted a very short time after college outside the best State (obviously Montana) 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, thanks to Elon Musk's Starlink internet this has become much easier lately. Ryan is also unusually fit, much like his father, and does more physical work on the ranch than is normal for a human being. This is good because even though he's an engineer part time, he still takes care of the livestock full time. Ryan is known to kick up his heels a little on the weekends.
Lisa is a fourth generation Montanan and received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech. She went to work in the mining industry for more than 20 years and about 10 of those years in Latin America where she had all sorts of adventures in the Andes mountains and then in Central America where she met her husband Oscar. Lisa was born addicted to horses and her favorite thing to do is to ride her mare Lucy off into the wild blue yonder, or moving the cattle where they need to go. Lisa is happy to be back home in Montana where she was meant to be, working working with the livestock and on the beef business.
The Son in Law:
Oscar 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 his plans! 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. 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 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.