FRESH BEEF

Harris Ranch is proud to be the only fed beef processor capable of offering customers an expansive yet local, California grown product line. We feature a non breed-specific Angus beef program as well as a premium breed-specific offering – both of which are available in USDA Prime, Choice and Select beef grades.

Because Harris Ranch controls beef production from the ranch to the table, we are able to offer a wide variety of beef programs to meet the specific needs of our retail and foodservice partners, or click on a links below to learn more about our product lines.

Certified Angus Beef ®
Harris Ranch Angus Beef
Harris Ranch Beef


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Making The Grade
The beef grading program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.). The grading system determines the quality rating of beef based on an inspection system which measures the amount of marbling in the ribeye muscle (lean) portion and combines the maturity (age) of the beef carcass to determine the inspected grade. Generally, the higher ratio of marbling and the younger the beef, the higher the grade.

Prime
Prime has the most marbling. It is usually sold to high-end restaurants, although some specialty meat markets and supermarkets may also carry it.

Choice
Choice beef cuts tend to have a little less marbling. Choice is the most widely available grade in the market.

Select
Select has the least amount of marbling of these three grades making it leaner and a little less juicy and flavorful than the other two grades.


What is Marbling in Meat
Marbling refers to the white flecks and streaks of fat within the lean sections of meat. Marbling is so named because the streaks of fat resemble a marble pattern. Also called intramuscular fat, marbling is what gives beef its flavor, juiciness and tenderness. Marbling does not refer to the layer of fat on the outside of the steak or roast, which can be trimmed away. In general, the more marbling the beef contains, the better cut of meat it is.

Certain cuts of meat naturally have more marbling than others. The beef rib and short loin, for instance, are among the most marbled sections, while the beef round and sirloin tend to have the least marbling.

Fresh Beef Cuts Guide
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Certified Angus Beef
Harris Ranch also proudly offers Certified Angus Beef ® — a product of exceptional quality. The Certified Angus Beef ® brand ensures incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy beef due to the high amounts of marbling in every single cut. Only the best of the USDA Choice and Prime grades is considered for the CAB label. Then beef must pass the brand’s 10 science-based specifications for quality. Only truly exceptional Angus beef earns the distinctive Certified Angus Beef ® brand label.

Only one in four black-hided beef animals meet the additional carcass specifications needed to qualify for the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. But what are those exceptional quality specifications? First off, cattle must be Angus-influenced with a predominantly (51% or greater) black hair coat.


Marbling and Maturity
Modest or higher marbling (upper 2/3 of the USDA Choice grade or higher) – for the taste that ensures customer satisfaction

Medium or fine marbling texture – the white “flecks of flavor” in the beef that ensure consistent flavor and juiciness in every bite

Only the youngest classification of product qualifies as “A” maturity (under 30 mos.) – for superior color, texture and tenderness

Consistent Sizing
10- to 16-square inch ribeye area

1,050-pound hot carcass weight or less

Less than 1-inch fat thickness

Quality, Appearance and Tenderness
Superior muscling – restricts influence of dairy cattle

Practically free of capillary ruptures -- ensures the most visually appealing cut of beef

No dark cutters -- additionally ensures the most visually appealing cut of beef

No neck hump exceeding 2 inches -- safeguards against Brahman-influenced cattle which have more variability in tenderness

As you can see, the Certified Angus Beef ® brand, established in 1978, is truly a stamp of exceptional quality.

Certified Angus Beef Label

Certified Angus Beef Label
Harris Ranch Angus Beef
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides oversight to the Harris Ranch Black Angus Beef program. Strict requirements for carcass traits must be met for carcasses to be certified by USDA for the Harris Ranch Natural Angus Beef program.

Following USDA inspection and grading, Harris Ranch’s Quality Assurance staff selects only the highest quality beef based upon the stringent standards that have made the Harris Ranch name synonymous with superior quality.

The Angus breed has superior genetics that have been proven to produce fine-textured marbling. Fine-textured marbling results in outstanding tenderness, juiciness and flavor.

Harris Ranch Angus Beef is minimally processed and contains no artificial ingredients and is available in both USDA Choice and USDA Select grades.

To produce the highest quality and best tasting beef possible, we transport Midwest-produced corn by the trainload to our company owned milling operation where it is scientifically formulated into a balanced, nutritious ration. All feed ingredients are tested for pesticide residues. Our feed does not and has never contained any animal derived proteins.

Our highly-trained Quality Assurance staff demands strict adherence to our product specifications and food safety standards. They work closely with the USDA to ensure the wholesomeness of our product. We even take the extra step to randomly test finished beef to make sure no antibiotic residues are present. Harris Ranch has successfully passed all food safety third party audits, and has been recognized as an industry-wide leader for food safety achievements.

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Harris Ranch Angus Beef Sales Sheet (PDF)

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CA Grown LB/LQ USDA Choice Angus Label
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CA Grown LB/LQ Angus Label
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CA Premium USDA Choice Natural Angus Label
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Harris Ranch Beef
Harris Ranch Beef is non breed-specific and available in USDA Prime, Choice and Select grades.

Harris Ranch Beef is guaranteed to be minimally processed and free of artificial ingredients and preservatives. And, like our other beef programs, cattle for this program are grain fed for superior flavor and tenderness. All feed is tested to ensure it is free of pesticide residues. Also, finished beef is tested to make sure no antibiotic residues are present.

Complete product and nutrition information...
Beef Sales Sheet (PDF)

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CA Grown LB/LQ USDA Choice Beef Label
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CA Grown LB/LQ Beef Label
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CA Grown LB/LQ Prime Label
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CA Premium USDA Choice Natural Beef Label
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CA Premium Natural Beef Label
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