See how Colorado beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.
Beatty Canyon Ranch, owned and operated by Steve & Joy Wooten and Arin & Brady Burnham, is located in Las Animas County, Colorado and covers over 125,000 acres. The ranch is located in a semi-arid region that experiences occasional rainfall and drought conditions. To help protect the natural resources of the land, Beatty Canyon Ranch practices rotational grazing to allow natural grasses to grow in one area while cattle eat from another area. Once an area has grown and is healthy, the cattle will rotate, allowing the previous area to rest. This land management has not only helped the land and cattle, but it also controls invasive species and supports the local wildlife populations including some endangered species, such as the Massasauga Rattlesnake. For their sustainability efforts, the Beatty Canyon Ranch was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).
"When I think about what my great-grandfather and my grandfather would think now when they look down on us, I think they'd be proud. I think they would say that we've carried the family tradition forward of care of the land, care of the animals, and care of family." - Steve Wooten, Owner, Beatty Canyon Ranch
Meet Howard, Janie and their son, Dean VanWinkle in Mesa County, Colorado. As fourth and fifth generation ranchers, they work together on VanWinkle Ranch to produce an affordable, safe, and nutritious product while caring for land, livestock and community. They graze cattle on both private and public lands in western Colorado, using a rotational grazing system that ensures the properties are productive in a sustainable manner. They are involved with numerous organizations in Colorado’s Grand Valley to be a part of the community including the local Chamber of Commerce, local Cattlemen’s and Cattlewomen’s organizations, working with outdoor recreation and providing opportunities for youth to learn about Agriculture and the outdoors. VanWinkle Ranch markets some of the cattle through their direct to consumer Ground Beef program. VanWinkle Ranch is always open to questions about their processes and production practices.
Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way by using the latest technology and resources. Today, there are more than 2.8 million cattle and over 14,000 cattle farms and ranches in Colorado. Learn more about the Colorado beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate.
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