Our "Ladies of the Pasture" spend their entire lives quietly grazing the same pastures as their mothers and grandmothers before them. Since 1892 five generations of McClatchys have worked the land and raised cattle in the community of Trickham near the geographic center of Texas. Before we came, the great herds of the Jinglebob branch of the John Chisum cattle drive trail were bedded down for the night in what is now our pasture in the bend of the Mukewater creek. Trickham was the last grocery supply before Kansas and the original store was out behind our barn.
The cattle we raise today are far different than those from the great cattle drive days. The third generation Talmage McClatchy, Jr.brought the first registered Herefords to the place in the 1940s. He went on to develop the prize winning herd that is the foundation of what we have today. Unlike feedlot cattle, these cattle have been selected for decades to thrive and fatten on grass. These grass based genetics include the presence of specific tenderness genes. The cattle are gentle and handled in a low stress manner which helps make the meat more tender.
Our cattle spend their days grazing on native and improved pastures. They receive supplemental hay as needed such as during the winter or drought. They are never fed grain. They are not given hormones. No animal sold for grass-fed beef has ever had antibiotic. On the rare occasion that an animal needs a therapeutic antibiotic, that animal is pulled out of the grass-fed program.
This is the beef we raise for our families so we are very particular with how it is raised. We hope your family enjoys it as much as ours.
Merridee McClatchy and Jeanie Dreinhofer