100% Grass Fed Beef
Holistically raised in Paradise Valley
We have deep roots
Barney Creek Livestock’s operation is based on the Jordan Ranch. The ranch has been in the family since 1900,
when Rueben and Mary Ellen Forney purchased
the ranch from the estate of Barney Maguire,
who homesteaded the place in 1867.
Pete and Meagan, the fourth generation, operate the ranch as they raise the fifth generation with a passion for Regenerative Agriculture.
We are a Paradise Valley ranching family.
It feeds the entire system. The soil life relies on healthy diverse plant life to function properly. We manage our animals to manage the plant life to feed the soil. Every time a plant is grazed, it sluffs roots to feed the soil biology. This cycle builds organic matter, which is key to holding moisture, and is needed for
Our management ensures the cows are getting the absolute best food value and nutrients. We finish our beef on grass, legumes, forbs, etc. All the nutrients made available by managing for soil life end up in our cows. We utilize low stress livestock handling. Cows that are not stressed are happy cows. This strategy creates nutrient rich foods for human health. We mimic nature by calving the same time that our area wildlife does.
The grass, and other forages, are a direct reflection of soil health. We focus on how much forage we leave in order to maximize plant recovery, absorb the Montana sun and to feed the below ground ecosystem. By moving the cows daily, we can closely regulate and monitor this. Our grazing encourages a "mob" mentality meaning they eat the desirable along with the weeds. They also trample vegetation, armoring the soil, by incorporating it back into the soil. This facilitates moisture retention and prevents erosion.
You can't eat grass, at least you can't digest it. Our management ensures the cows are getting the absolute best food value and nutrients so that all the nutrients made available by managing the soil life end up in our cows and in turn, the customers who eat our beef.
WHAT WE PRODUCE
We work with the whole system.
Socially, our practices must be in alignment with our customer’s
value system and benefit our area.
Economically, what we do must be profitable and our practices must benefit the long-term stability of our clients and our community.
Environmentally, we must regenerate the soil and ecosystem.
In other words, we practice Regenerative Agriculture.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"As a chef, working with the best quality ingredients is essential to preparing delicious food. Knowing that the beef from Barney Creek is raised sustainably by people who care about the land and resources in Paradise Valley is added value. Serving beef that tastes incredible, supports local agriculture and ultimately preserves the place where we live is just the right thing to do."
- Executive Chef Dave Wells
Chico Hot Springs Resort