Wagon Wheel Ranch is a 200-acre family farm operating 14 miles south of Athens for 40 years. We raise antibiotic- and hormone-free, all natural, grass fed, grass finished, free range, Black Angus cross bred beef.
We love our cows and treat them humanely with respect and kindness. We cross purebred Santa Gertrudis cows (good mothers) with a purebred Hereford bull (gentle disposition & high yield carcass); their daughters (healthy, gentle, good mothers) are bred to a purebred Black Angus bull (tender quality meat cuts). The resulting calves are the ones we sell to you! This cross breeding system makes the cows and calves healthier and disease resistant. Our Black Angus bull was DNA tested for tenderness, ribeye size and 10 other genetic traits.
Our beef is sold to you live on the hoof for $2.00-3.50/pound, depending on the current market. We deliver the animal to a processor where it is processed and aged at your cost to your specifications, then vacuum packed and flash frozen. This is the least expensive way to purchase beef ! We now also sell individual retail cuts that are vacuum packed and frozen.
A whole carcass will fit in a 14 cubic foot chest freezer, and 1/2 carcass in a 7 cubic foot freezer. A live weight beef yields about 50% hanging weight, which typically consists of 31% steaks, 31% roasts, 36% ground beef and 2% miscellaneous cuts. Live weights average 800-1000 pounds and 2-4 friends can group together to divide a whole carcass in halves or quarters.
To insure product quality, only calves born, raised and finished on our farm are offered for sale. Customers must make an appointment in advance if they desire to pick out their own calf at the farm. We use a sustainable pasture rotation system with natural shade and fresh water available at all times. High quality free choice hay or grass silage is fed during winter or drought conditions.
Wagon Wheel Ranch has been audited and inspected and is now certified by the American Grassfed Association as well as Animal Welfare Approved for humane production and harvesting of our beef cattle, including the processing plant we use.