Touchstone Angus was begun in 1993 near Elizabeth, Colorado with a goal to raise healthier beef that was tender and delicious as well. We began with angus cattle because they were proven to offer the most tender and flavorful of the beef breeds.
The goal set for the ranch is exemplified by the definition of a Touchstone. The American Heritage Dictionary: 1) A hard, black stone, such as jasper or basalt, formerly used to test the quality of gold or silver by comparing the streak left on the stone by one of these metals with that of a standard alloy. 2) An excellent quality or example that is used to test the excellence or genuineness of others.
In 1999 we sold our ranch in Elizabeth and now raise cattle in Wyoming. It is better suited to year round grazing and allow us to expand our operation. Though the cattle are now raised in SE Wyoming, most of our customers still reside on the front range of Colorado. We continue to process the beef primarily at the Elizabeth Locker Plant so our customers can conveniently pick-up their orders after processing.
The ranch is set-up for rotational grazing similar to the grazing pattern of the North American Bison/Buffalo. Each pasture is given periods for rest and re-growth. This grazing practice can significantly improve the health of native ranges. This grazing practice also improves wildlife habitat for the many native species now thriving on the ranch.
The grass fed cattle spend most of their lives grazing open pastures. During parts of the winter the cattle may need supplemental feeding to ensure adequate nutrition. The supplemental feed is primarily grass alfalfa and other hays, not grain.
The James Family owns and operates Touchstone Grass Fed Beef and occasionally we work with other local ranchers using the same standards to raise the cattle. Brad and Kate (Brad's daughter) are always available to answer questions and enjoy working with their customers.