Meat Quality

The highland’s heavy coat insulates against harsh climates and allows them to thrive in the winter without the need for developing excess fat to stay warm, which is perfect for Idaho. Recent studies in both North America and the UK have shown that Highland Beef is consistently much lower in fat content and cholesterol than other breeds.

Studies in the UK list the following nutritional quantities:

Highland Beef Overall 4.5 g/ 100g
Other Commercial Breeds Beef Overall 15.6 g/ 100g
Highland Beef Overall 40.9 mg/100g
Other Commercial Breeds Beef Overall 64.3 mg/100g
Highland Beef Overall 20.7 g/100g
Other Commercial Breeds Beef Overall 18.6 g/100g
Highland Beef Overall 2.1 mg/100g
Other Commercial Breeds Beef Overall 2.0 mg/100g

Source: Scottish Agricultural College, Dept. of Food Science and Technology published by McCance & Widdowson, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

  • Our American Highland Beef

    Has a modern beef carcass that yields lean yet well-marbled meat, ensuring tenderness and succulence with a distinctive flavor.  Highland beef is healthy and nutritious with lower levels of fat and cholesterol and higher levels of protein and iron than most commercial beef. Different than any other beef product available.

  • Our American Wagyu Beef

    Makes for an incredibly marbled steak. A buttery texture, complex flavors, subtle sweetness and a lingering finish. This marbling is what gives our American Wagyu beef its melt-in-your mouth tenderness and juiciness.  Flakes of marbling provide moisture that is rich with flavor, this beef has a high content of quality fats that can melt quickly and leave a texture that is both velvety and delicate.

  • Notes

    Although taste and texture varies significantly between our American Highland and our American Wagyu beef, both will elevate ordinary dishes to create eating experiences your friends and family will remember. Let us; Beef Up Your Experience!

Grass-fed beef tends to be lower in calories than other comparable meats. It also promotes healthy blood sugar levels in the body and is associated with reduced risk of  heart disease.  Many of the benefits of Highland beef and grass-fed Wagyu beef are comparable. Both our American Highland Beef and our American Wagyu Beef have a higher ratio of mono-unsaturated fat (the good fat) and a higher concentration of beneficial Omega-3  and Omega-6 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties, support heart cell structure and function, regulate blood clotting and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. 

Our small herds and attention to detail make all of our beef uniquely delicious. Both Highland cattle and the American Wagyu cattle are slower to mature and just like fine wine we do not rush this process.  We allow them to grow as nature intended, on grass and at their own rate.  We do not use antibiotics, vaccines or any kind of growth hormone. They are fed a 100% grass diet from the time they are born until harvest.  Our cattle are fed for over 750+ days typically longer than traditional beef cattle resulting in better quality beef and more flavor.


What does Grass Fed and Grass Finished really mean?

As long as cattle are fed grass at any point in their life, a meat producer is within their legal rights to label that meat as “grass fed beef” Almost all cattle on conventional feed lots are fed grain in order to fatten the animals quickly, thereby rushing their natural development process.  Grass finished assures you that the beef you’re about to purchase was sourced from cattle that ate grass for their entire life, right up to the point of being harvested.  Our cattle at Hyndman Beef are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished, which means they spend their lives eating grass and nothing else.  No grain or grain by-products. Just grass. 

Will my meat share come from one single cow?

Your meat will all be from one  cow!  This is one  of the perks of buying direct from your own rancher, you can rest assured that all of your meat is coming from one single animal.  We harvest in small batches, usually only 1-2 animals at a time and each animal is tagged, numbered and packaged as one.

Is your beef organic ?

Our cattle graze on wild native Idaho grasses whenever it is not covered by snow.  All of the pastures and rangelands we graze on are free of any sprays, fertilizers or pesticides. We utilize regenerative practices whenever possible and use rotational grazing where needed to prevent overgrazing for better soil health and animal health.  In the winter months our cattle only eat non-sprayed Grass Hay grown locally. We eliminate the concern of being “organic” by going beyond and operating a natural process where our cows only eat and grow how nature intended.

Do you ever give antibiotics or hormones to your cattle?

Our beef herd is antibiotic and hormone Free. Which means we do not administer antibiotics and no growth hormones are used in the raising of our cattle.  We do believe in keeping our herd healthy and thriving and we prefer to do that as naturally as possible with a ”less is more” mindset. 

How old are the  cattle that you are harvesting?

Our grass-finished cattle are usually between 22-30 months old.  Highland cattle are able to gain & marble well on grass only, which makes them an excellent choice in a grass finished program.  Highlands are slow maturing creating fine textured and succulent meat.

How does ordering beef in bulk from you work?

1. Decide which Beef Bundle best fits your family,  whether it’s an ⅛ share, ¼ or ½ share, you will find a variety of cuts in each size bundle.

2. Check out online and pay to reserve your share.

3. We will reach out when we have received your order and when your beef is ready for delivery.

4. If you live in Blaine County we will contact you for your address and make arrangements for Free delivery.

5. Enjoy your delicious 100% grass-finished  Hyndman Beef.