OUR STORY

For over 40 years, Harris Ranch Beef Company, the processing and marketing component of the beef division, has continually strived to produce the highest quality beef in the world. Over the years we have built a uniquely integrated beef production system where cattle are sourced, fed and humanely processed exclusively by Harris Ranch. Few if any beef companies – other than Harris Ranch – can claim they control all aspects of production. Still family owned and operated, the Harris family has always taken great pride in raising its beef to be as pure and great tasting as nature intended. This tradition of quality is evident in all of our beef products—you can truly taste the difference.

Innovation and Leadership
Cattle Procurement
Sustainable Ranching Practices
Feeding Practices
Humane Handling
Quality Assurance
Natural Beef
Our Commitment to Quality

Innovation and Leadership

At Harris Ranch, we rely on the quality of our products and continuing innovation to remain competitive in the beef industry. It is these principles that drove Harris Ranch to create one of the first branded beef programs in the country. This spirit of innovation also led Harris Ranch to pioneer the development of heat and serve beef entrees in the early 1990’s. These products allow consumers to enjoy home-style beef entrees in minutes. More recently, our R&D team has launched an extensive line of convenient fresh seasoned products ready for the grill or oven — plus an extensive line of both fresh and frozen ground beef products. Throughout it all, we have remained focused on producing the highest quality products available.

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Cattle Procurement

One of the reasons Harris Ranch beef is superior to other beef marketers is because we’re involved in production from the ranch to the table. Through our Partnership for Quality (PQ) and other cattle procurement programs, we work with progressive ranching families throughout the west to procure an increasing number of cattle that meet rigorous genetic requirements. These cattle are raised according to specified best practices and then are fed according to the highest standards. The guiding principal behind the program is the creation of “a partnership between Harris Ranch and progressive producers, who are strongly focused on the production of a consistent, high quality, consumer driven product, with the strictest standards for food safety, environmental stewardship, economic sustainability and animal welfare.” Through this program, Harris Ranch is able to source and age verify an increasing number of cattle every year and we are able to control the quality of our beef from the ranch all the way to the consumer.

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Sustainable Ranching Practices

Harris Ranch believes raising cattle and environmental stewardship go hand in hand. For us – as well as out ranching partners – the land is not just where we raise our cattle, it’s also where we raise our families. Sustainability means ensuring the land will provide for the next generation by not only focusing on the well being of our livestock, but also by maintaining the ranching environment.

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Feeding Practices

Although our cattle spend approximately 80% of their lives grazing on grass, we finish them for about 120 days on a nutritional-balanced diet of corn and other feed grains, plus alfalfa hay, vitamins and minerals. One of the secrets to great beef is meticulous attention to feeding practices. Harris Ranch is one of just a few producers in the country that produces beef exclusively from cattle fed in our own feedlot, Harris Feeding Company. Since corn-fed beef is the most flavorful, tender and juicy beef available, Harris Ranch’s Central California feedlot purchases Midwestern corn by the trainload to serve as the basis for our scientifically formulated rations. We mill all of our own feeds under the guidance of a consulting animal nutritionist. As part of our specialized feeding regimen, Harris Ranch tests to ensure all ingredients used in our feed are free of pesticide residues. Furthermore, Harris Ranch has never fed any animal proteins. Many of our customers are surprised to learn that beef produced in feedlots actually has a smaller carbon footprint than meat raised exclusively on grasses.

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Humane Handling

Harris Ranch takes exceptional care to ensure the well-being of our cattle. Livestock welfare practices include installation of shade, as well as an automated sprinkler system that reduces dust and helps cool cattle during warm summer months. These measures help reduce stress and enhance cattle performance. Each and every day—rain or shine—cowboys ride the pens to ensure the health and welfare of every animal in their care. All cattle are fed in large, well-maintained, outdoor pens. World-renowned animal behaviorist, Dr. Temple Grandin, has assisted with the design of cattle handling facilities and conducted employee training programs to ensure proper animal handling techniques.

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Quality Assurance

Just a short drive from the feedlot is Harris Ranch Beef Company’s processing facility in Selma, CA. Unlike many programs, all Harris Ranch beef is processed in a single, company owned facility. This enables us to better control all aspects of processing and positively influence beef quality and safety. A highly trained Quality Assurance staff works alongside the USDA and oversees all aspects of processing.

Harris Ranch utilizes the most advanced food safety technology and practices available, and is always striving to update and improve our facility. We continually receive exceptional marks by third-party auditors in all areas of production. Our processing facility is USDA inspected and follows strict sanitation and food safety practices. The Harris Ranch HACCP intervention program employs the use of multiple-hurdles technologies at both the production and processing levels.

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Natural Beef

Over the past few years, people have become increasingly conscious of how their food is produced. Harris Ranch Beef meets the demands of even the most discerning consumer looking for wholesome, natural beef. Harris Ranch is able to custom produce natural beef to meet each retailer’s exacting standards. As an added assurance, we’ve established a strict Residue Control program that involves testing finished beef to ensure that our products contain no antibiotic residues. Harris Ranch is one of three companies in the U.S. to implement such a program, and since its initiation in 1985, we have never had a violation of our stringent standards (above those required by USDA) for either antibiotic or pesticide residues. Harris Ranch Beef is also minimally processed and contains no preservatives or artificial ingredients.

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Our Commitment to Quality

Throughout the entire process, Harris Ranch Beef Company works hard to ensure that every aspect of our production is directed towards producing quality beef and upholding the integrity of the Harris brand. We’ve worked hard to establish the Harris Ranch brand as the finest beef available. In fact, our name is so important to us we back it up with a satisfaction guarantee. We take great pride in working for a company that embodies the best of the beef industry. It is this simple, cowboy philosophy of working for the “brand” that has made the name Harris Ranch synonymous with traditional values of quality, commitment, honesty and exceptional customer service.

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