Several years ago Pete & Cindy Woltz sold a family-owned commercial feedlot. The commercial feedlot was run to maximize cattle gains, optimize pen space, and keep cattle alive and performing well by using an aggressive antibiotic program. It was a daily exercise in crisis management! In 2006 they started Timber Ridge Cattle Company and devoted a significant proportion of the operation to the production of a more healthy beef product both in terms of the cattle and the meat.
Published studies at that time by KSU showed significant improvement in herd health and an increase in the Omega’3 fatty acids in the beef muscle by feeding flax-seed in the ration. We began implementing these feeding practices along with a strict no hormone, antibiotic on an as-needed basis, and no feed additive(ionophores) policy. The results have been encouraging. ISU testing of our first flax-fed beef showed a 300% increase in Omega 3’s and a 5 – 1 Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio. More recently, improved flax grinding processes have resulted in a 5X higher Omega 3 level (50 mg/1.25oz serving) and a 3-1 Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio. We continue to refine our flax supplement to make more of the flax seed’s alpha-linolenic acid available to the cattle’s digestive system.
We feel as though our pasture-raised flax-fed beef program has turned us 180 degrees from the old commercial feedlot days. As word spreads and demand increases, we have transitioned our entire operation to these “healthy beef” practices.
In late 2019, Brian Deemer, a longtime employee & friend of the Woltz family, and Kim Jackson, employee & friend of Pete & Cindy’s, purchased Timber Ridge Cattle Company & Country Market & continue to adjust & maintain the quality of practices to provide our healthy, flavorful, popular products. We chose the smoked meat process to deliver our high omega 3 beef to the consumer because of its use of low heat. High heat will convert healthy fats into unhealthy trans-fats.
Currently available in 10 delicious snack stick flavors, 3 summer sausages, & 4 jerky varieties, our products are being shipped around the world.
We choose the smoked meat process to deliver our high Omega-3 beef to the consumer because of its use of low heat. Exposure to high heat will covert healthy fats into trans-fats. To keep our product lean and to ensure exceptional quality, we take no steaks or roasts from our beef. The meat we use in our products is trimmed to 90% lean. The sticks and summer sausage contain no MSG or sodium nitrite. The products need no refrigeration so they can be safely enjoyed while camping, traveling, or in a packed lunch.
Our cattle are processed at a small family-owned federally inspected facility that handles on average 5-6 head per day. Compare that to the thousands per day processed at large commercial packing plants and you can see why we boast exceptional product cleanliness, safety, and reliability.
It is important to us, as a producer of food products that the beef we raise and sell not only appeals to the taste buds, but is a benefit to our customer’s overall health and well being.
For questions or more information, please contact us at any time!
– Timber Ridge Cattle Co.