Blog Action Day - Where's the Beef?

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Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

Maui cattle - outstanding in their field

As my contribution to BLOG ACTION DAY, I'm choosing to write about something close to home. 

My husband  has a lease on some Hawaii State land for grazing purposes, and has a small herd of cattle. He's not going to get rich raising cattle, but it affords us the ability to raise our own organic beef, which is a nice perk.  The animals live a low stress life, grazing and sleeping in their own private paradise.  They aren't fed any antibiotic laced hi-protein grains to make them gain weight.  No poisons are sprayed in the pastures to control weeds.  Their diet of grass makes for some super lean meat.  We always have some beef in the freezer, and the dogs love the bones. We have the meat processed at the DeCoite's plant in Makawao, and they will wrap it too for an extra charge.  Over the years we have turned on a lot of our friends, and lately I'm hearing...."when are you going to kill another cow?"  It seems everyone has acquired a taste for the lean and tasty hormone-free meat from our happy grass fed herd. There is a general trend here in Hawaii, for a better beef product that is good for the consumer as well as the environment. 

Maui is still largely an agriculture based economy with large tracts of land devoted to open pastures.  It adds to the natural beauty that the residents and visitors value so much.  How can we keep Maui green and rural, yet still economically viable?  We need to have more sustainable agriculture, and be less dependent on imported foods, including beef.   There's hope on the horizon for Maui beef...Maui ranchlands and pastures

Maui Cattle Company is a group whose mission is to keep ranching alive in the Hawaiian Islands for future generations. They are a consortium of ranches that includes Haleakala, Ulupalakua, Kaupo, Hana and Nobriga Ranches on Maui, and Olumau Ranch on Kauai.  In the recent past, live animals are shipped to the mainland to be fattened on grains, then processed and shipped back to Hawaii as table ready beef.  Maui Cattle Company is attempting to eliminate that part of the equation and keep the business at home.  Since they sell directly to the consumer and eliminate the middle man, they can provide a product that tastes better and is competetively priced.  In order to keep up with demand, they plan to build a new processing facility in Kihei, to supplement the one in Kahului.  Their high quality all natural beef is on the menu of more than 50 Maui restaurants, and sold directly to consumers at a number of outlets like Longs Drugs, Hanzawa Store, and Mana Foods in Paia.  So next time you're on Maui, be sure to look for the local beef on the menu, or at your favorite independent grocery store, and you'll be doing a good thing for Maui's economy and the environment.  We can all do our part, even in a small way.

funny sign at Ulupalakua Ranch Store
Thanks for reading my Blog Action Day post to KEEP RANCHING ALIVE ....... The Hunter 

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Rainmaker
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Tricia Jumonville
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Don't you just love grass-fed beef?  We raise our own, as well, and it makes SUCH a difference!  We're looking at the possibility of raising a couple of head a year for friends who want to know what goes into their food but don't have the space to raise their own - spreading the wealth, so to speak. 

 

October 15, 2007 03:28 PM
Rainmaker
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Jeff Kessler
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I am from Wisconsin and now live in Texas.  I always liked organic and I really like your story.  I will be looking for land in a few years and this is something I would like to look more into.  Thanks for your post,

J.

 

October 15, 2007 03:54 PM
Rainmaker
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Fran Gaspari
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.

Georgina,

You won't get any 'beef' from me! Thanks,   Fran

October 15, 2007 04:13 PM
Rainmaker
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Jeffery Griffin
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Jeff Griffin LLC

alo ha ha ha

I grew up in a family meat market, processing plant in Michigan. I worked there 17 years. Ha he he, Georgie the organic farmer. I've been catching the loose chickens in Pukalani want them? Ha ha, no one wants them. Organic farm, beef, chickens, it all Makes Sense to me, but then again I am from the farm lands. Your too cool.

 

Jeffery 

October 23, 2007 11:20 AM
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers

Tricia - WE do indeed love the lean meat, and our friends can't get enough either.

Jeff - organic just makes sense, especially here in Hawaii where feed is SO expensive

Fran - if you were here on Maui, you could be getting beef from me!

Jeffery - maybe we can trade chickens for beef, hahaha.  What do you do with those unwanted chickens?  I've been hearing some extra crowing voices nearby of late.  I hope you're not just taking them out by Twin Falls and dropping them off, are you?  Please take them in the other direction!

January 31, 2008 04:51 PM
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
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organic really does taste better!!!!
October 23, 2007 04:49 PM
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter
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Barbara-Jo and Bill - You know it! 
October 23, 2007 07:04 PM
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Mary Bigelow
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Georgina - Great post! We get most of our beef from relatives who raise them quite organically. Nothing like it and I hate it when we run out -- we are currently out! It makes me want to go vegetarian in the interim! I like the Maui Cattle Company idea! You have great solar potential and it would make sense for them to put in Solar Hot Water for their sanitizing practices at the processing facility! I used to be an inspector at a meat packaging plant and have an idea how much hot water they go through! And MAUI certainly has solar potential!

I need to find out where Jeffrey Griffin grew up in Michigan and how he ended up in Hawaii! I am jealous!

January 31, 2008 06:34 PM
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter
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Hi Mary - send Jeffery an email, and he will get back to you.  Thanks for commenting.
February 01, 2008 06:10 AM
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Debbie DiFonzo
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Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri
Interesting post - living in the middle of Missouri cattle country, I never gave a thought to raising beef in Maui! But, you are so right - organic beef does have a different, wonderful taste.
February 03, 2008 07:06 PM
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Georgie Hunter
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Debbie - There are plenty of cattle ranches here in the islands... in fact Parker Ranch on the Big Island is very famous.
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Georgie, you need to write this post again, refreshen it, it is so interesting!!!!

January 21, 2013 02:48 PM
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Georgie Hunter
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Barb - thanks for the feedback.  Maybe that would be a good idea.

January 22, 2013 01:47 PM
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