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Posted on July 08, 2015
We always have people asking for more information on our products as well as the Creekstone Farms story as a whole so we wanted to share a little bit of our history and vision with our customers.
The Creekstone Farms legacy began over a decade ago with one simple idea: provide superior beef products to satisfy the most discerning of palates. Upon this vision, we began a beef program based on Black Angus cattle. Why Black Angus beef? Because Black Angus is known as the gold standard for premium beef-consistently tender and delicious and it all starts with superior genetics. We seek out the cream of the crop when it comes to Black Angus cattle. Unlike many Black Angus beef programs which base their programs on hide color, the cattle we procure come from verifiable Black Angus genetics. Hide color alone does not guarantee quality.
It's our commitment to Quality. From the cattle we procure all the way through to our state of the art processing, we are committed to producing the highest quality beef in America! Our beef program is one of the few branded programs certified by the USDA. This certification ensures superior products through more stringent guidelines and on going inspections. Not many beef producers own a facility that process their cattle exclusively-we do! Because we own our state-of-the-art-facility, we control every aspect of production ensuring only the highest quality products are produced.
At Creekstone Farms we process only the finest Premium Black Angus Beef, all born and bred in the USA. We work with more than one hundred producers across the midwest so not only do we support local farms, but we also ensure our beef has met some the most rigid food safety standards anywhere. Unlike other programs that sort cattle according to hide color, we strive to ensure that every animal we harvest carries true Black Angus genetics. Our genetics produce flavor and tenderness that will keep your customers coming back again and again.
We grade higher than any other major packer in the country! The cattle processed at Creekstone Farms grade out at 12.5% Prime and 69.9% Choice, compared to the industry average of 2.9% Prime and 53.4% Choice. These higher grades produce the best eating experience. Our Creekstone Black Angus genetics have allowed us to deliver a consistently outstanding eating experience – one that brings customers back again!
Humane handling is very important to us. Not only is it the right thing to do, animals that are raised and handled under strict humane standards provide a better quality of beef. At Creekstone Farms, humane handling is monitored via affidavit all the way back to the farm where they were born and raised. Animals in our program must receive a nutritious diet and must be raised with shelter, resting areas and space sufficient to support natural behavior. If you observe animals on feed for Creekstone you will notice that they are social, comfortable and content. In addition, we go through several very strict audits related to humane handling. In fact, our processing plant was designed with animal welfare in mind by Dr. Temple Grandin.(www.templegrandin.com).
For the majority of their lives our Black Angus cattle graze on lush pasture land throughout the mid-west. All of our cattle are finished on a feed ration that includes corn as one of the main components. The grain finishing gives the beef its rich beefy flavor and tenderness that Creekstone products are known for.
In 2004 we decided to take our traditional Premium Black Angus beef program to a higher level and introduced the Creekstone Farms Natural Black Angus Beef program. Today we offer two programs, one based on conventionally raised Black Angus cattle and another based on Naturally raised Black Angus cattle.
Our natural program is based on the following protocols:
At Creekstone Farms, we define quality as excellence or superiority. We strive for that level of quality in everything we do. Everything we do, from focusing on genetics to closely monitoring processing and production, is all in the name of quality. These standards for quality allow us to produce consistently outstanding products that proudly bear our name. To purchase Creekstone Farms products and have shipped directly to your house, please shop our online store.