Our Philosophy

Cowgirl Meat Co. operates on the P Bar Ranch, a working cattle ranch owned by Tom and Kristi Patterson and operates with regenerative practices to ensure the biodiversity of the ranch and surrounding Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is sustained. We take pride in providing high-quality meats to our customers. Our philosophy is centered around four key tenants: ecosystem health, quality care, quality meat, and quality relationships.

Traceability & Transparency

PORK: We currently source our piglets from a family in Townsend, MT. They raise high quality heritage breed pigs. All our our pigs are Berkshire, Berkshire/Duroc or a Berkshire/Hampshire cross. 

BEEF: Our grass finished beef are from the PBar Ranch, the ranch we manage, and they are raised and finished on the ranch here outside of Big Timber, MT. All of our cattle are bred for the highest quality grass finished beef. We butcher at 26 months, much more than average, giving them a nice finish that is hard to find elsewhere. We are American Grass-fed Association Certified.

BISON: We source our grass finished bison from our friends and neighbor, Mary McLeod. The bison are born and raised on their ranch outside of Big Timber, MT. 

LAMB: We partner with our friends, the Aitons: Brock, Larissa, Chaz and Jenna, to bring you the best lamb we have ever tasted. Quality lamb is their main goal and hold animal health and well-being as mainstays of their operation. They work with nature as much as possible by lambing in May, on pasture.

SALMON: We are a proud partner of Joe and Angela Echo-Hawk, owners of Kwee-Jack Fish Co. based in Billings, Montana during the off season. In June and July, they harvest wild sockeye salmon from the frigid waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Since we only offer the freshest fish, watch for our salmon and surf and turf options late Summer! 

Grain-Free & Hormone-Free

PORK: Our pigs are fed a local, hormone free, antibiotic free, and animal protein free diet (which is not easy to do). Our ration comes from Yellowstone Feed in Big Timber, MT. 

BEEF: The grass finished beef we raise never leave the ranch and graze on pasture ground most of the year. In the winter they are fed quality hay harvested right off the ranch they live on. 

BISON: The grass finished bison Mary raises never leave the ranch until they go to processing and graze on pasture ground most of the year. In the winter they are fed quality hay.

LAMB: The Aitons believe the highest quality lamb comes from letting them grow slowly and steadily. As part of their approach, they give the lambs a bit of barley about a month before harvest to make it even more delicious.

Tender Loving Care

PORK: Our pigs live in a paddock with a barn and are able to roam around freely. in the Spring, Summer, and Fall, they are able to rotate through our pastures as well. They are exposed to fresh Montana air and are touched by humans daily as part of our children's visit to feed the pigs. 

BEEF: Our cattle roam freely on over 5,000 acres of pasture land. They have access to fresh water year round and are given protein and mineral supplements. The beef we sell has not received any hormones or antibiotics. If our calves get sick, we give them the needed antibiotics, but they are then sold through a different avenue. 

BISON: The bison roam freely on the hills of Mary's ranch. They have not received any hormones or antibiotics.

LAMB: The lambs are raised throughout the summer, weaned in the fall, and then reunited with the ewes for grazing. During the winter months, they are fed grass hay. Antibiotics are only administered to individual animals when necessary. The lambs that require antibiotics are sold through another market.

Safe & Hygienic Processing

PORK: Our pork is processed at Pioneer Meats in Big Timber, MT, a USDA inspected processing facility who have a reputation for excellence. 

BEEF: Our beef is processed at Pioneer, Meats as well. 

BISON: Our bison is processed at Big Sky Meats in Moore, MT, a USDA inspected processing facility. 

LAMB: Our lamb is also processed at Big Sky Meats in Moore, MT, a USDA inspected processing facility.