Certified Organic Beef and Lamb
Our cattle have the best of two worlds! They spend the summer in the
mountains of Eastern Oregon and the winters in sunny California. This
traveling allows the cattle to always remain on native green pastures.
Our cows are bred to high quality bulls selected for their genetic
potential to produce tender beef calves. The breeding season occurs
while the cows are on green pastures in Lakeview, Oregon. In December
the cows travel to the foothills of central California and begin calving
in February and March while the grass is green. Green pastures arrive
in Eastern Oregon around May and the cows and calves return. Several
weeks after returning, the calves are immunized to prevent basic
diseases and branded to show ownership and discourage theft.
All the cattle move to high mountain range for the summer months. The feed is strong and lush and the
water is clear and running. After the summer grazing, the calves are then brought back to the home ranch
where they are weaned from their mothers. Weaning is done in a low stress, fence line manner, allowing
communication through the fence.
Before the heavy winter snows come to Lakeview, the weaned
calves are shipped back to the foothills of central California.
They spend the winter at about 1500' elevation which keeps
them above the fog and in the sun most of the winter.
Following the California grazing season, they return to lush,
irrigated pastures in Lakeview, Oregon. This is where the
calves grow and develop into healthy, nutritious beef.
The Talbott Ranch is USDA certified organic and
administered by CCOF. All of the pastures in Oregon and
California that the cattle graze are individually inspected
annually and determined to be in compliance with the federal
The Talbott Ranch also has a small
certified organic Katahdin sheep herd.
These sheep remain in Oregon year
around. They graze organic pastures
during the grass growing season and
are fed organic hay during the winter
months. Lambing occurs in the middle
of March. As is common for this meat
breed of sheep, they have many
multiple births per ewe. The lambs are
harvested in the late fall.
Pete Talbott ~ 17614 Tunnel Hill Road ~ Lakeview, OR 97630~541-947-3482~ 541-219-1404 (cell)