The short version of this long story started with a college kid in Missouri who got bitten by the farming bug and decided he wanted to raise cows. While also going to school and juggling part-time jobs, Jameson Morrow decided to squeeze in the time to give his passion a chance. He found some overgrown land he could rent for pasture, bought four cows and one extremely old tractor -- and, voila! -- Jameson was suddenly the operator of Missouri’s tiniest pasture-based farm.
Over the next few years he learned more and more about rotational grazing and zero-stress management, and decided to wanted to farm bigger. But to support a herd of a couple hundred cows, Jameson would need to buy land -- no small expense for a kid just out of school, and land prices are only going up. So he took off to Alaska for a while to earn the necessary money on commercial fishing boats, Deadliest Catch-style.
When he returned to Missouri he partnered with his childhood best friend Mike Reed, and together they and their families started a pasture-based, grain-finished cattle ranch in Jefferson City using no antibiotics, hormones, or steroids.
Today these best-friend young farmers and their families operate Long Story Farms, where the Angus cows are rotated in an ecologically sensitive and calm manner across the Missouri hills, all the while munching fescue, Tennessee grass, and sorghum sudan, with extra hay and early-cut small grains in the winter.
“Our cows,” Jameson explains, “are content because I raise them in a picturesque setting with rolling pastures and the freedom to graze.”
The pasture-based, grain-finished beef from Long Story Farms is free of antibiotics, growth hormones, and steroid implants. Its mellow, buttery flavor is a real treat grilled or seared on the stove-top.
Grain-finished beef from our partnered farms is not the same as what comes from concentrated feedlot operations. We partner with farmers who care for their animals by letting them graze lush pastures for the vast majority of their lives before finishing on homegrown grains in friendly and humane conditions. We've met farmers who grow their own grain to feed their cattle, using artisanal ingredients like millet or apple pomace. Pasture-raised, grain-finished cows from small-scale, well-managed farms live healthy and enjoyable lives to create tasty, nutrient-laden beef.
ED GROSS, REARDAN, WA
Many customers prefer grain-finished beef for its marbling and tenderness. Grain-finished beef also tends to produce a milder steak flavor than grass-finished beef (which is dependent on seasonal grasses), though both, when done well, result in a fantastic steak. Crowd Cow’s pastured-raised, grain-finished beef is guilt-free grain that you can feel good about. If you know the name of the farmer, you can trust that they care for their cattle.