ABOUT THE BEEF
From Our Family to Yours
We began selling beef to friends and family who appreciated the quality of beef they could get from our ranch. When it blossomed into a retail company for us in 2012 we began selling at local farmers markets and vendor venues to expand our customer base and office our quality beef in larger quantities to the public.
Our cattle spend the majority of their lives in the wide, open spaces of our western Kansas ranch where they have plenty of room to roam and graze. They are born in February and March and remain with their mamas until fall when they are separated from the cows and weaned. At this point they will continue grazing on grass and wheat until December or January when they are then moved to Shaw Feedyard where they will spend the next 140 or so days eating a diet that consists of grain, hay and nutritional supplements. While in the feed yard they have plenty of open space and constant access to clean, fresh water. We do our very best to make sure that we keep our cattle’s lives at stress free as possible to help maintain good health. By April and May they are then ready to harvest. The majority of our cattle are sold to National Beef and end up in restaurants and other high-end eating establishments. A select few are handpicked for our small retail beef company. Those are harvested at Kiowa Locker in Kiowa, KS, a USDA Federally Inspected facility.
What makes our beef better?
It is important to us that you know that any USDA inspected beef that you choose to buy is safe for you to eat, period. It all must pass rigorous USDA inspections before making it to your grocery store or local restaurant. So whay buy Giles Ranch Beef then? Ours will offer you a superior, steak house quality eating experience. Our family has been ranching in Kansas since the late 1800s and we’ve learned a few things about producing a great steak. We have invested heavily in superior Angus breeding stock to offer higher quality, well-marbled cuts of beef. Our beef, when cooked correctly, will be tender, juicy, and flavorful – every time. When bought in bulk (bundle, eighth, quarter etc.) it is also more affordable and always available which can help take some of the guess work out of “what’s for supper tonight?”
Beef is shipped frozen and packaged with dry ice.
Giles Ranch Beef can be purchased at The Main Street Market in Bucklin, Kansas.
Delivery is available at almost any time in western Kansas with periodic trips to Wichita, Kansas City, Denver & Fort Worth areas. To hear about deliveries in your region, like us on Facebook.
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George K. Lee, Norman Lee's maternal grandfather, came to Kansas in 1872 with the commission firm of Lee and Curtis to work the Texas cattle trade. George would buy Texas Longhorns to ship back to Kansas City for slaughter. While trading he participated in two cattle drives and one horse drive from Texas to Dodge City. He also started a homestead in Pawnee County along the river where he would winter the cattle that weren't ready for shipment. In 1886 a blizzard struck and he lost the majority of his cattle. He then redirected his ranching operation and imported Galloway cattle from his father's farm in Illinois.
The first Giles, a father and three sons, came to Kansas in the 1870s and settled at Claflin, orginally named Giles Town. One son, Norman Lee's grandfather, then moved to Reno County where Norman Lee's father, Norman Albro was raised. In 1915, Norman A. leased a ranch in Ness County for five years until the end of the First World War. From there he moved to Ford County where he began farming and trading cattle throughout the 1930s. He also pastured cattle in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
In 1947, Norman A. and Norman Lee purchased the original ranch in Clark County. Today, Giles Ranch is home to four generations of the Giles family: Dolores Giles; her son Roger and his wife, Cathy; and Roger and Cathy's daughters, Jennifer and husband Shane Betschart and children Peyton, Ethan & Gentry; Katie, husband Brett Shaw and children Addie & Hayden; and Molly, husband CJ Beckford and son Giles.
Our ranch is a commercial cow-calf, stocker-feeder operation utilizing dominantly native grasses. We are located along the Bluff Creek where the mid-grass and short-grass regions converge. We raise dryland wheat, sorghum hay, alfalfa, and improved and native prairie hay. We also raise irrigated wheat and alfalfa. The majority of our calves are fed through a commercial feedyard and marketed through US Premium Beef.
In 2011, we built a grower lot to further diversify our operation. We are using it to start our own calves as well as for others on a custom basis.
The Giles Ranch cow herd runs on large native and improved pastures in Clark County in southwestern Kansas, near Bucklin and Ashland. The cows are hardy, productive and prove their worth year after year with a live calf, either retained in the herd or fed for Angus-based, value-added programs. Throughout the years, the Giles Ranch cow herd has been selected for reproductive efficiency, growth and carcass traits. The herd is a high percentage Angus herd with a strong Gardiner Angus Ranch influence. The first-calf heifers and young cows are bred to calve in a 75-day window, beginning February 1. Our strict culling and diversified feeding experience allows us to keep heifer replacements and retain ownership on their steer mates. The steers are fed commercially and marketed through U.S. Premium Beef.
Since 2001, many of our young females sell in the annual Profit Proven Commercial Replacement Female Sale, held in conjunction with the Gardiner Angus Ranch Fall Bull Sale. These females represent some of the most productive genetics in the Giles Ranch herd.
In addition to our cow/calf operation, we purchase stockers to run in the fall and winter on wheat pasture and grass, when adequate moisture allows.