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Raising Missouri Pasture-Fed Beef

While pasture fed cattle have been in Missouri as long as the earliest settlers, this is actually one of humankind’s oldest interests and occupations. The ability to domesticate animals in order to provide a regular food supply has determined civilization's rise and fall throughout our histories.However, it is modernly as precise and specific as any other trade. It isn't anything you can just start doing once you graduate high school...

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Raising Missouri Pasture-Fed Beef

  1. 1. Raising Missouri Pasture-Fed BeefWhile pasture fed cattle have been inMissouri as long as the earliest settlers,this is actually one of humankind’s oldestinterests and occupations. The ability todomesticate animals in order to provide aregular food supply has determinedcivilizations rise and fall throughout ourhistories.However, it is modernly as precise andspecific as any other trade.It isnt anything you can just start doingonce you graduate high school. While you can always get a job as a "hired hand", theres awide gulf of learning between being able to drive a farm truck to actually caring for and raisinglive animals - and a host of responsibilities you cant learn to shoulder from any text book. Youjust cant go out into a pasture and pick up a steak.Most who raise livestock have done so their entire lives, and have been able to listen to theirparents and grandparents, uncles, and aunts to glean their experience in order to make it theirown. However, any farmer can tell you that every day out there is another one in theclassroom. And most farm living rooms are filled with books and magazines which tell thenew methods and techniques which are being tried. In our farm, we are descended from a long line of farmers in every generation weve been able to trace. Youll be able to find a bit more about our farm managers and operators at the About Us page. In this section, we want to tell our story of what weve found workable and sustainable in order to both maintain this way of life and continue to provide you with the healthiest beef and produce available. Visit for more information.
  2. 2. If you find you have questions as you go along, feel free to contact us on the form provided,and well see how fast we can get back to you. (If we spent all day at the computer, our cowsand their calves wouldnt appreciate it much...) ---- For more data on raising pasture fed beef, as well as other information on prime beef as health food – visit Visit for more information.
  3. 3. About Worstell FarmsOur family goes back on both sides withfarmers. As far as we can trace.And that tradition came to Mexico,Missouri around 1960 to purchase thecurrent farming operation.Jim and Laura Worstell established aworking farm there and then, and raised abig family of 8 kids, along with severaldogs, cats, and an occasional pet squirrelor raccoon. And dont forget the llamasand peacocks...In 2000, Robert Worstell returned to thefarm to take over operations management(as well as the day-to-day chores) andshares these duties with his mother and sister (well, not the chores, so much.)On approximately 250 acres of land, which is mixed hillsides, bottom, and woods, we raise acombination of annual row-crops and also our beef. Typical of this area, we have marginalland which is better suited to cattle than cultivation (which is typical of most cattle-farming).Weve found that where we run our cattle actually improves the soil and its health - as long aswe pay attention and actually manage how long and when they graze where. As we continue tostudy and learn about and from our cattle, our daily lessons help us to improve the quality andquantity of beef we raise.We practice managed grazing and are transitioning over to ultra-high-density stocking, as this is even better for the land and actually requires more cattle peracre to keep up with the lush growth and pasture renovation.All our beef is from local stock. Mostly black Angus cross-bred cows, with our current BeltedGalloway bull named "Gene Autry" is servicing these well.Ordering Our BeefWe only take local orders, so contact us via the website or call directly. Due to Federal laws,we cannot sell our beef out of Missouri – youll have to buy it here. Generally, our beef isspoken for well before its ready for processing. However, contact us for what we have comingup and we can give you an estimate on when the next one is coming available. We are also offering La Cense beef, which is USDA inspected and can be shipped anywhere in the US. Please see for details. Visit for more information.
  4. 4. Related Articles from the Worstell Farms Web Site: • Worstell Farms – Finest Missouri Grass Fed Beef • Raising Missouri Pasture-Fed Beef • Whats All-Natural, Humane, Pasture-Raised? • How does a Beef Ranch Stay in Business? • Why our Missouri prime beef is striped... • Missouri Beef: Heathy is as Healthy Eats • What are "CLAs" and "Omega 3 and 6s"?!? • How Missouri Beef is Your Best Health Food • Missouri Grass Fed Meat For You to Buy • The Surprising Taste of Grass Fed Meat • Dry Aged Vs. Wet Aged • What are the beef cuts?About the Author:Dr. Robert Worstell retired from a corporate career in graphic design to the much calmer andhealthier American Midwest, to inherit running the family farm. His constant work andresearch has been to improve the sustainability of this Missouri “beef ranch”. The results showthat grass fed beef, locally and directly marketed is the route to profitability, not followingcommodity trends.Dr. Worstells training in web design has helped him move the operation more online, as wellas giving him new networking opportunities to promote Worstell Farms beef products. He isalso a prolific author and has recently completed research into the all-time best self helpbooks, with his “Freedom Is – (period).” Out of the 7 books published this year, hes alsoproduced a fiction work, “The Dreamer Dreamed” - itself a breakthrough use of fiction toexplore the metaphysical aspect of dream meaning. All of these are available athttp://midwestjournalpress.comDr. Worstell may be contacted through his several blogs and websites for interviews andappearances. Visit for more information