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Colorado's Best Beef Company is a family-owned, local beef operation with consumer needs as our top priority. The Elliott and Ferris families have been selling quality, custom beef since 1992 - private treaty - direct to the customer. The beef is raised the old fashioned way, meaning no growth hormones, no steroids and especially no feed antibiotics. In raising these cattle this way, we feel comfortable and at ease that we are providing you with the best, most healthy beef.

The whole crew.
We raise Charolais (Shar-o-lay) and Charolais-Crossbred cattle. This beef has long been renowned for its high quality eating experience: flavorful, tender and lean. The tenderness is due in part to the14-21 day dry aging that precedes processing. The dry aging in commercial plants is only one quarter the time, sometimes resulting in a poor eating experience. The quality of the meat is due also to an inherent genetic predisposition for tenderness.
Recently, we have expanded our program and our market beyond the small custom beef arena. We sell quarters, halves and wholes as well as offering individual retail cuts. Now, not only is our beef available locally but it can be enjoyed by any person seeking a pleasurable eating experience across the nation.
 
Many people are concerned how and where their food is raised and processed as well as the stewardship to the land and environment by the producers. While raising a high quality product for you, we are dedicated to respecting and caring for the land and the wildlife as well as our cattle. Colorado's Best Beef Company is enabling our two families to pursue our passion to ranch and to help us sustain the way of life we value.
The Ferris and Elliott ranches teamed up to provide an alternative source of beef to the discriminating consumer. We began custom feeding cattle after health conscious friends requested high quality, tender beef. The 10 family members make up the crew and workforce for both operations and Colorado's Best Beef Company.
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Special attention, love and care is given to each and every member of the herd.
 
 
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Ferris Family
Humane treatment of all cattle in our program is always a top priority.
Brian and Dr. Marti Ferris are lifelong participants in the livestock industry. Brian manages his cattle ranch on a full time basis. Marti, a large animal veterinarian, oversees the health and feeding program for both operations. The Elliott family began their cattle enterprise in 1992 with one orphan Charolais calf and four young Colorado kids. Over the years, both operations have grown considerably, not only in quantity but quality. The little orphan heifer that started the Elliott Charolais program came from the Ferris ranch. The Elliott family has turned to Brian and Marti many times as mentors.

The Ferris's have been innovative and progressive thinkers in their approach to the livestock business. Brian's grandfather, Clint, was a pioneer, Charolais breeder and was often among the first to employ new or different management practices. Brian and Marti, keeping with tradition, have employed a more efficient grazing system on the ranch, increasing bio-diversity and vegetation for area wildlife as well as for the cattle. In 2004 Brian was named the East Adams Conservation District-Conservationist of the Year
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Skiing in the Rockies

Elliott Family
The Elliott family along with the Ferris's, were looking to market their all-natural beef. Ben Elliott, the eldest, went to his school principal and asked if he could sell his natural beef through the school and church bulletin. The sales blossomed and word of mouth spread the reputation of the fine, tender, custom beef product. The program has greatly grown in the purebred Charolais direction. Recently, Ben Elliott has developed a Crossbred program where he uses Charolais Bulls with black and red cows. 

While expanding their cattle and beef program and becoming more knowledgeable, the Elliott family is very active in 4-H and FFA. Both families have shown cattle competitively at local, state and even national levels. The older boys now judge livestock shows for various county and state fairs. The Elliott family was the 2001 Boulder County Fair "Family of the Year"
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Sustainable agriculture using 
solar power and wind power.
Sustainable agriculture through wind energy, solar energy, conservation,
and progressive, efficient grazing methods are utilized in the raising of the cattle.

Beginning of Elliott Charolais and the
future spark of Colorado's Best Beef.
CSU Alumni
Brian and Dr. Marti Ferris, Ben Elliott, Gabe Elliott, Nick Elliott and Nia Elliott are alumni of Colorado State University. This company is important to each member in both families and we strive to be the best at what we do. Each person is uniquely involved to provide you, the consumer, with the Absolute Best, "Colorado's Best Beef".
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Now you can buy directly from the family ranch that produces this Charolais, all-natural beef. Colorado's Best Beef Company raises and offers only Charolais and Charolais-Crossbred natural beef to our customers.


...from our ranch, to your table.

 


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