We’ve all heard about Hearst Castle® in San Simeon, the fabled
161-room home of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst
who entertained United States presidents, Hollywood movie stars,
foreign dignitaries, and five-star generals from the late 1920s to the
early 1940s. But what you may not know is that surrounding Hearst’s
architectural attraction is 128-square miles of prime ranchland
teeming with free-range, 100 percent grass-fed cattle.

It all started in 1865, when George Hearst, one of the few to strike
it rich during the California Gold Rush, acquired the undulating
ocean-view acreage and began the legacy of breeding quality beef
cattle—Hereford, Angus, and Shorthorn—while maintaining careful
stewardship of the environment. In 1919, George’s son, William,
continued where his father left off, overseeing the prized cattle
operation as he built his illustrious mansion. Some 50 years later,
73,000-acre Jack Ranch in Cholame was acquired to complement
the Hearst Ranch operation. At Jack Ranch, not only have the cattle
been raised for generations, but the Circle C brand used at the ranch
is number 0002 in the California Brand Book, making it the oldest
registered brand still in use.

Today, Hearst Ranch, which envelops Hearst Castle®, is comprised of 80,000 pristine acres, constituting one of the largest and best-managed working cattle ranches on the California coast. Along with Jack Ranch, the mission at Hearst Ranch remains the same since its inception: treat every animal with great care. At present, over 3,000 cows, calves, and steers live a completely natural existence as foragers and grazers — the way
they have for thousands of years. Grazing enhances a complex and
balanced mosaic of native grasslands, which in turn maintains
vigor and distribution of these habitats, ensuring a sustainable food
system. Allowing cattle to graze on the range also helps fertilize the
land naturally, along with producing superior meat with a flavor as
authentic as the American West.

“I’ve spent much of my life on our ranches and I know firsthand
the quality of beef we raise,” says Steve Hearst, the great-grandson
of William Randolph Hearst. Recently, Steve and his signature beef
were featured on the Food Network’s BBQ with Bobby Flay. “I’m not
saying our beef is better, but what I am saying is that our cattle are
raised in a free-range, low-stress environment which is all-natural.”
Hearst Ranch cattle are also given free access to fresh air and clean
water, are never fed antibiotics or growth hormones, and are treated
in the most humane way. Before harvest, all the cattle are finished on
native vegetation instead of feedlot corn. This high-quality, nutrient-
rich foraging, and the freedom of the cattle to roam, is the secret
behind Hearst Ranch healthful beef. “If you are a beef lover, you’re
much better off with grass-fed cattle than those raised on factory
farms and fed grain,” says Dr. Andrew Weil. “Cattle evolved to graze
on grass; they are not adapted to digest grains, which wreak havoc
with their digestive systems, even though they promote faster weight
gain.” Dr. Weil goes on to say that meat from grass-fed cattle is lower
in saturated fat than meat from grain-fed cattle. Grass-fed beef also
has more omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and conjugated linoleic
acid—all good for human health.
To have Hearst Ranch grass-fed beef delivered to your home, office,
or as a gift, simply order online at www.hearstranch.com. Choose
from delicious New York, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, and Sirloin steaks,
Tri-tip roasts, and superb hamburgers and hotdogs also made
from grass-fed beef. Each cut is individually sealed and arrives in a
handsome gift box. Since grass-finished beef is a seasonal product,
after the meat is perfectly aged for tenderness and expertly trimmed
by hand, it is flash-frozen to preserve the integrity of the beef.
For more information, contact Hearst Ranch at 1-866-5H RANCH
(1-866-547-2624).

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