Certified Organic Beef and Lamb
Our cattle have the best of two worlds! They spend the
summer in the mountains of Eastern Oregon and the
winters in sunny California. This traveling allows the cattle
to always remain on native green pastures. Our cows are
bred to high quality bulls selected for their genetic
potential to produce tender beef calves. The breeding
season occurs while the cows are on green pastures in
Lakeview, Oregon. In December the cows travel to the
foothills of central California and begin calving in February
and March while the grass is green. Green pastures arrive
in Eastern Oregon around May and the cows and calves
return. Several weeks after returning, the calves are
immunized to prevent basic diseases and branded to show
ownership and discourage theft.
All the cattle move to high mountain range for the summer months. The feed is strong
and lush and the water is clear and running. After the summer grazing, the calves are
then brought back to the home ranch where they are weaned from their mothers.
Weaning is done in a low stress, fence line manner, allowing communication through
Before the heavy winter snows come to Lakeview,
the weaned calves are shipped back to the foothills
of central California. They spend the winter at about
1500' elevation which keeps them above the fog and
in the sun most of the winter.
Following the California grazing season, they return
to lush, irrigated pastures in Lakeview, Oregon. This
is where the calves grow and develop into healthy,
The Talbott Ranch is USDA certified organic and
administered by CCOF. All of the pastures in
Oregon and California that the cattle graze are
individually inspected annually and determined to
be in compliance with the federal organic
The Talbott Ranch also has a
small certified organic Katahdin
sheep herd. These sheep
remain in Oregon year around.
They graze organic pastures
during the grass growing
season and are fed organic hay
during the winter months.
Lambing occurs in the middle
of March. As is common for this
meat breed of sheep, they have
many multiple births per ewe.
The lambs are harvested in the
Pete Talbott ~ 17614 Tunnel Hill Road ~ Lakeview, OR 97630~541-947-3482~ 541-219-1404 (cell)