The cows

Our cows are bred and selected for genetics that work with the land. We aim for a shorter, more compact cow that is designed to convert grass, legumes and forbes efficiently into nutrient-dense beef. These smaller cows are easier on the land and put all of their inputs into gaining fat and muscles rather than height and bone mass. We work hard to find the right genetics because an animal that works with and improves our land will produce the best grass-finished beef possible.

Our cattle are grain-free, hormone-free and antibiotic-free from conception to consumption. Our cows are never given growth hormones, sub-therapeutic antibiotics or grains. We guarantee this by having an affidavit signed for every cow that is purchased by Oxbow and we keep detailed records showing each cow’s history. We believe cattle health and soil health go hand in hand, so rather than drench our cattle in chemicals that will soak into the soil as soon as the animal passes waste, we graze our animals in a fashion that mimics the natural grazing behaviors and naturally breaks the life cycles of parasites. Our cows are on a free-choice mineral, salt, and apple cider vinegar regimen which makes them healthy and strong, naturally.

One of the things we enjoy most about ranching is working with our cows. We handle them without undue stress and we take pride in our stockmanship. All of our cattle moves are done on foot or horseback, allowing us the finesse and response time needed to move cattle most effectively and quietly. We continuously strive to become better stockmen and see it as a lifelong journey, not something you master. In fact you can find us after every cattle move evaluating how we handled our cows and how we could have done better by them. We subscribe to the Bud Williams form of stockmanship and attend clinics every year to continue to learn and grow.

ox · bow
/ 'äks,bō /
An abandoned channel in the course of a river, shaped like a U. We graze our cows on the ancient "oxbows" of the Bitterroot River, where these sub-irrigated fertile remnants of the Bitterroot provide lush feed for grass-finishing cattle.