“We are committed to environmentally sound practices, humane animal treatment and personal integrity.”
Robert Meyer, Meyer Company Ranch - Helmville, MT
In 1990, our owner and founder, Robert Meyer, set out with a simple goal: produce wholesome natural beef of the highest quality, tenderness, flavor and consistency.
His approach was straightforward. Start with the best cattle from the best Angus genetics. Raise them slowly and humanely on an all-vegetarian diet. Never use antibiotics or added hormones. And end up with a premium quality product.
The prototype of this concept was the Meyer Ranch, a 43,000-acre registered Red Angus seed-stock operation in the Blackfoot Valley of western Montana. Over the years, the Meyer Natural Angus program has grown to include more than 250 of the finest Angus ranchers and producers in the United States — all using the protocol developed at the Meyer Ranch.
In one sign of this leadership role, Meyer Natural Angus became one of the first national beef suppliers to receive the “Certified Humane” label from the Humane Farm Animal Care program.
Years as a Rancher: 20
Ranch in Existence From: 1990
Years in the Meyer Program: 20
Jim and Lennie Phillips
“All livestock here are only worked and moved by horseback -- no dogs, motorcycles, 4-wheelers... just ranch hands.”
Jim and Lennie Phillips, Meyer Company Ranch - Helmville, MT
Jim Phillips and his wife, Lennie, oversee and manage all aspects of day to day operations at the Meyer Company Ranch, applying a holistic philosophy to resource stewardship.
Our cattle are involved in an intensive rotational grazing system year-round to include both calving and breeding season. We feel that we have to be good stewards of this land and part of our business is actually in the harvesting of grass. The herd is broken up into groups ranging from 100 head to 400 head with each group assigned to specified grazing cells. Rotational moves occur every three to 10 days, depending on the size and range conditions of each pasture. This has resulted in a much more efficient utilization of our forage while decreasing scours and health problems.
It's a rugged country where much of the scant 12 to 14 inches of annual precipitation comes in the form of snow. Within 5 to 10 days after calving, pairs are moved up to graze the hardy mountain grasses at 5,500 to 6,000 feet. In the fall and spring, and as much as possible in the winter, cattle graze the valley, some 1,500 feet below.
Ranch in Existence From: 1990
John R. Buck
“Meyer has a good marketing program with good people who know beef production.”
John R. Buck, Repelman Farms - Versailles, Missouri
John graduated with a BS in Agriculture from Missouri University in 1960. From 1961 to 1971, he was the Farm Manager of the Missouri University Experiment Farm. From 1971 to 1996 he was the Farm Manager for Repelman Farms and then went on to purchase a cow herd and lease Repelman land. Repelman Farm was originally a dairy farm from 1940 to 1950 with purebred Charolais & Simmentals until crossing with Red Angus in 1993.
Years as a Rancher: 45
Ranch in Existence From: 1930
Years in the Meyer Program: 3
“The Meyer program requiring humane treatment of animals works well for us as a farm feeder.”
John Schlagel, Niwot Farms Inc. - Niwot, Colorado
Niwot Farms, Inc. is a family owned and operated farm, feedlot and cow calf operation. Originally started in the early 1900's by the Nelson Family, who were immigrants from Sweden, it is located in Boulder County near the scenic Boulder Flat Irons mountain range. The mild weather and crystal clear irrigation water from the Rocky Mountain snow melt made for an ideal setting for diversified farming, ranching and cattle feeding. In 1975 I was farming and feeding cattle with my father and mother when with their help we were able to rent the Nelson Farm. Several years later, we were able to purchase the farm from the Nelsons. We incorporated into Niwot Farms, Inc. in 1994, naming it after Chief Niwot of the Arapahoe Indian Tribe who lived nearby in the 1800's.
The historically zoned farm, protected by conservation easements, has slowly grown to about 1,500 owned and rented acres of corn, alfalfa and grass hay, a 900 head feedlot, and a 275 head cow herd. The Meyer program fits perfectly with the type of cattle we have. We have a passion for raising high quality natural fed cattle which are sold to Meyer Natural Angus. By raising our own calves we can eliminate many health and stress problems, allowing more of our cattle to qualify as natural. We constantly strive to humanely treat all our cattle, improve our genetics and produce a better product. On the farm we use minimum tillage on all of our fields to protect the soil and try to be good neighbors.
Years as a Rancher: 38
Ranch in Existence From: 1975
Years in the Meyer Program: 6
“Meyer has been responsive to our needs and easy to work with.”
Ken Lenox, Lenox Farms - Rolla, Missouri
My ancestors came to Rolla, Missouri at the start of the civil war. When the railroad came to Rolla they got started in the cattle business. My Great Grandfather put together several thousand acres and my ranch is the part my Grandfather inherited and added to. He brought cattle up from southern Missouri and northern Arkansas consisting of 3 to 5 year old steers. In 1950, my father took over the farm and expanded it to include a charcoal operation giving the ranch a steady cash flow. In 1965 after returning from the Marine Corps, I came back to the ranch, and in 1970, purchased the ranch from my father. I started a crossbreed cow herd and now run about 400 head of angus cows fed on grass most of the year and that calve in September and October.
Years as a Rancher: 40
Ranch in Existence From: 1820
Years in the Meyer Program: 1
“The people at Meyer are honest and great to work with.”
Ralph Chain, Chain Ranch - Canton, Oklahoma
The Chain Ranch is full of tradition and history dating back to 1893 when Oscar Chain traded fifty dollars and a shotgun for a quarter section, 160 acres, in Dewey County Oklahoma. Since the trade, the Chain Ranch has developed into a seven generation owned and operated family business. The Ranch runs in excess of 4,500 mother cows, in which all of the weaned calves are kept and marketed as fat cattle. We handle approximately 7,000 to 8,000 stocker calves on grass and wheat pasture. We also raise a large portion of our bulls which are Limousin and Angus. The genetic integrity of our herd is maintained through our selective AI breeding program. Our family believes that ranching is truly a gift from God. We're here to be good stewards of this land until he decides to take it back.
Ralph Chain is a member of the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Years as a Rancher: 82
Ranch in Existence From: 1893
“We have found that working with Meyer makes marketing our calves a rewarding experience.”
Roger Brookshire, Spur B Ranch - Rolla, Missouri
My wife Carla and I run a cow/calf and replacement heifer operation in the rolling hills of central Missouri. We have developed a cow herd over the last 15 years that can produce a top angus calf on fescue grass. We enjoy what we do and hope to continue to expand and improve our ranch operation.
Years as a Rancher: 15
Ranch in Existence From: 1994
Years in the Meyer Program: 3