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Partners Ed Sigel and Nita Engen raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) beef cattle at Centennial Valley Grass Fed Cattle in Centennial, WY.
Ed Sigel and his family began ranching in the Centennial Valley’s Hecht Creek Ranch 15 years ago. Working through cattle production scenarios, Ed realized there was ‘a better way’ to produce high quality beef at high altitude despite a fierce winter environment. “We wanted to sell healthy, strong grassfed animals and so we needed to adjust our business to fit the ranch,” says Ed. “We started raising a herd of Scottish Highland and Scottish Galloway cattle, and these breeds were known for producing tender, flavorful meat while also being a much better fit for the climate.” Ed also has begun to cross-breed the cattle, calling the result ‘Highways’. From his research, there are only two other ranches in the USA cross-breeding these Scottish cattle.
In addition to being Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, the herd of cattle at Centennial Valley Grass Fed are Certified Grassfed by AGW, the first—and only—food label in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100% grass and forage diet, and raised entirely outdoors on pasture or range.
There is a short growing season in the Centennial Valley, at 8,000 feet, and a good portion of the water for the herd comes from the spring run-off from the Snowy Range Mountains. The Sigels focus on migration grazing, timing movement to coincide with the grass in the paddock coming into peak nutritional value. Nutritious hay is added to the cattle’s diet over winter. “All our work means that the end product is beautiful meat that is leanly layered with fat throughout, providing exceptional flavor and tenderness,” says Ed. “The cattle are relaxed, easy going and not stressed. They are mostly self-sufficient animals and are not being forced to fit the commercial form. Ours is a natural, quiet system that works well for raising good tasting beef.”
Business partners since 2013, Nita and Ed have been working to grow the herd and expand their market reach. With the growing disconnect of consumers from the source of their food and growing demand for meaningful welfare standards, Centennial Valley Grass Fed Cattle found it essential to have third-party validation demonstrating their exceptional practices to a market hungry for truthful information about their food.
Centennial Valley Grass Fed Cattle Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW beef is sold direct from the ranch, through the Eat Wyoming online farmers market with regional pick-up spots, and at a number of regional stores. A local restaurant, The Trading Post, serves Centennial Valley Grass Fed beef. The ranch also has ready-to-ship beef available in 1/4 or 1/2 steers, and a variety of beef packages. For more information about Centennial Valley Grass Fed Cattle, a list of places to purchase their beef, or to place an order visit cvgrassfedcattle.wordpress.com. Contact the ranch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (307) 399-7245. Follow news and product announcements from Centennial Valley Grass Fed Cattle on Facebook and Instagram.