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  • Raising the Bar

Naturally Raised. Purely Exceptional.

At the Rusty Star, we believe in honoring our land, livestock and wellbeing by going above and beyond the national organic requirements for grass-fed beef. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Certification minimally requires ranchers to meet the health needs and natural behavior of the animals, meaning livestock are given access to the outdoors, fresh air, water, sunshine, grass and pasture (however, how much access is not defined).

“By-product feedstuff” that contains animal byproducts of any sort is strictly prohibited by the USDA. Unfortunately, livestock can be certified organic even if the animals eat grain, are fed in a feedlot or are given plastic pellets for roughage. While these guidelines might be well meaning, you cannot get the best possible beef without some old-fashioned common sense taking it a step farther… beyond organic.

Rusty Star Cattle Co. “Beyond Organic” Standards:

  • 100% pasture-fed beef, absolutely no grain
  • Stress-free environment, never the need for antibiotics
  • Healthy weight, no force feeding, growth hormones or genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • All-native perennial forage, no pesticides, no chemicals
  • Freedom to roam, never confined to feedlots