Ditmars Ranch provides us with premium grass FINISHED beef.
About Ditmars Ranch
Ray and Melissa Ditmars
Farmers at Ditmars Ranch.
Farm motto or mission statement:
To raise healthy beef.
Location of Ditmars Ranch
Washington, KS (About 70 miles from People's Grocery)
Are you open to farm visits or tours?
How long has your farm been in existence?
Please share a brief synopsis of the history of your farm:
We are a small farm/ranch run by father and daughter. Ray has farmed most of his 87 years. In 1993, he retired to 80 acres inherited from his Dad. He has placed all 80 acres in grass now and we have a small herd of cattle.
Livestock at Ditmars Ranch
What animals do you raise?
Cattle, grass fed. Small herd, around 10.
Which, if any, organic certification does your farm have? If none, do you use organic or conventional practices?
No certification, but they are grass fed.
Which chemicals (antibiotics, de-wormer, hormones, etc.) do you use? How often?
NO antibiotics or hormones; periodic deworming and de-liceing as needed only.
Describe the type of grazing system you employ. (For example, do you rotate your pastures/rangeland? Do you use fertilizer or plant seeds for forage?)
Rotation of pasture as grass allows. Brome hay and pasture are their feeding sources. We fertilize with manure and/or urea only.
When supplementing your feed, what type of feed do you use? Do you make an effort to avoid GMOs?
Our cows are doing well on the brohm pasture during grass season and brohm hay and minerals.
Do you feed your animals vitamins and/or use mineral blocks?
Basic mineral block is placed in corral.
Where is your meat processed? What are your slaughtering practices?
Our meat is processed at C&C Processing in Diller, NE. They dry age the beef for at least 10 days and package it in a vacuum seal.
What would you like People’s Grocery Co-Op shoppers to know about your products? What sets you apart?
Our beef is grass fed, and most importantly (and rarely), grass finished. They are not “fattened” before slaughter.