Our Beef

Consistent quality starts with a controlled process

Cedar River Farms® Natural Beef begins with pure-bred steers born in the U.S. and fed a 100% vegetarian diet. We never use any kind of growth promotant, which includes sub-therapeutic antibiotics, growth hormones, and Beta Agonists. Instead, we rely on genetics, extended days on feed, and a younger harvest age to produce consistently superior beef.

Our Cedar River Farms cattle are fed for more than 300 days and processed at our facility. This allows us to control the final steps in the process and minimize stress and anxiety on the cattle. We have also identified the precise point in the development of our cattle that yields the most flavorful and tender beef, which is why we harvest at 14-17 months.

Quality Comparison

This meticulous planning and proven process results in abundantly marbled beef that grades far above conventional beef. In fact, 15-20% of Cedar River Farms grades Prime, the highest grade rating by the USDA, whereas the national average for USDA Prime is less than 3%. Our distinguished program yields beef that is proven to be more tender, juicy, and flavorful based on high quality ratings.

Carcass Weight Comparison

When careful consideration is put into the genetics, handling practices, feeding, and harvesting of cattle, the result is exceptional beef. Using this exact formula creates a predictable eating experience that keeps customers coming back.

The consistency of our beef is evident when comparing the carcass weight variability of Cedar River Farms beef to conventional beef. While the industry demonstrates increased cattle weights and lower quality grades, we maintain a low average weight of 800 lbs and a tighter range of variability. Lighter and more consistent carcass weights result in smaller and more uniform portions, which are critical to both foodservice and retail customers.

Sensory Panel Comparison

How does Cedar River Farms compare to others? Well, we put it to the test with a trained sensory panel. The chart below shows the findings. Cedar River Farms steaks outperformed those from conventional beef cattle for all sensory attributes at 14 days of age, delivering improved consistency and a better eating experience. When compared to Certified Angus Beef®, Cedar River Farms steaks were comparable or superior in all sensory attributes.

*Evaluated on a 15-point scale with higher numbers indicating better performance; number variance is key

Howard, S. T., S. Luzardo, D. R. Woerner, J. D. Tatum, and K. E. Belk. 2013. Evaluation of the Cedar River Farms® Brand: A Comparison of Retail Yields and Sensory Attributes of Cuts from All-Natural Fed Holsteins and Conventional Beef-Type Cattle. Submitted to JBS USA, LLC. Center for Meat Safety and Quality, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

We continually work to improve our processes and fine tune the science that makes our beef remarkable. We’ve paved our own path and set our own standards. We’re not about taking short cuts or doing things the easy way. And because of this, we’ve raised the bar in beef and are proud to produce premium quality you can only get from Cedar River Farms.

Cedar River Farms Exclusive Recipes

Cedar River Farms® BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich with Fried Pickles, Cole Slaw and Potato Salad

The ultimate sandwich, this handful celebrates the beef and features a few memorable sides; every taste will be its own wonderful experience.

Cedar River Farms® Hand-Cut Roast Beef Sandwich with Crispy Shallots, Pica Pica Sauce and Tuscan Fries

Luscious and satisfying roast beef takes center stage in this fulfilling meal; wise use of spices adds an exotic touch to the sauce and zesty fries.

Cedar River Farms® Slow-Roasted Beef Brisket with Wild & Tame Mushrooms and sides

A rub “sets the mood” for the mouthwatering steak, and the wine boosts the mushrooms just enough; slow-roasting takes patience, but it’s rewarded with your first bite.

Cedar River Farms® Burger with Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Fried Egg and Pica-Pica

Trust us, you’ve never had a better burger, and it’s so easy to make; your hunger will be long gone and your taste buds will thank you for days.

Cedar River Farms® Gorgonzola Crusted Filet with Roasted Cauliflower

A flavor-packed cheese complements delicious steak like nothing else; enjoy alongside some healthy cauliflower, also enhanced by the goodness of cheese.

Cedar River Farms® Grilled Skirt Steak with Sautéed Vegetables and Crispy Noodle Cake

It’s easy to add a little Asian flare to your already succulent steak; plus the soy-peanut dipping sauce provides more taste and fun.

Grilled Cedar River Farms® Strip Steaks with Roasted Carrots and Cheesy Potato Gratin

Rich and cheesy potatoes team up with savory, juicy steak; this all-American meal satisfies everyone’s need for a warm, welcoming meal.

Grilled Cedar River Farms® Top Sirloin

Served with garlicky greens and white cheddar-bacon cheese fries, this flavorful dish will be a family favorite you’ll keep going back to.

Grilled Salt & Pepper Cedar River® Farms Bone-In Ribeye

Served with a beefsteak tomato, asparagus and hearts of palm salad, this exclusive recipe is sure to impress your guests.