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Got Yak Beef?

Matheson Farms Grass Fed Beef introduces Grass Fed Yak Beef!

We now have individually wrapped cuts of Yak Beef and ground Yak Beef for sale. The meat is from a hybrid animal – mating a Yak Bull to a beef cow.

The resulting offspring are built more like a beef animal but with longer hair. The meat looks like beef but is slightly leaner and has a wonderful mild flavor. It is not gamey tasting at all. Yak meat is reported to be lower in fat, cholesterol and sodium, while higher in protein. The meat resembles yak meat more than beef.

We have the same type of cuts as in the beef: steaks, roasts, bones, short ribs, ground, bones, etc.  The steaks look great and they are tasty.

We will also have Yak Beef and pure Yak meat available by the half, whole and quarter this fall and winter.

One of our Yak Beef cross cows keeping the beef herd in line.

One of our Yak Beef cross cows keeping the beef herd in line.

Email us at today at to order your Yak Beef today! I can tell you from personal experience that the meat is excellent! They say, “Once you go Yak, you never go back!”

A Yak beef cross cow is shown above with part of the beef herd behind her. One of our current Yak herd sires is shown below.

Woolly Bully is our new Royal bull at Matheson Farms.

Woolly Bully, Mature Royal Bull

Grazing Conference Soon

There is an excellent grazing conference coming up on May 6 followed by two concurrent workshops on May 7. It will be held at the Washington Family Ranch near Antelope, OR.  It is beautiful and peaceful location. There is a great slate of presenters. A few spots remain for one free night’s lodging and meals.  Check it out at .  I will be there as the afternoon keynote speaker!

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Want Home Delivery?

Are you looking for home delivery? Matheson Farms is proud to be a new supplier for Sound Harvest Delivery. They have a wide variety of local foods that they deliver to your home. Check them out!        

Sound Harvest Delivery

Phone (360) 354-0715

Meet Viggo Our New Herdsire

Matheson Farms is proud to announce our new young herd sire nicknamed “Viggo”. He is a handsome fellow and promises to add both good looks and better genetics to next year’s calf crop. Thanks to Bar CK Cattle Co. for sharing him.

Matheson Farms new herd sire Viggo.

Gift Certificates

Although the farm stand is closed for the winter, we have Matheson Farms Grass Fed Beef Gift Certificates available for purchase. You choose how much money to put on it. Are you looking for a practical gift idea for those hard to buy for people? What better gift than healthy grass fed beef?





Farm Stand Not Standing

The Matheson Farms Grass Fed Beef farm stand became a victim of the high winds last night. All that was left was twisted metal, shreds of canopy, and ripped signs. Only the pumpkin and a couple of cheap balloons survived intact. It was a sad sight…  We hope to have it replaced by Saturday if all goes well. Call first if you have a long drive.

Zeus is a Star

Our Bull is a Star!

Our handsome herd sire Zeus starred in a commercial for Yes on 522 that aired recently. He not only breeds cows, but he can act, too! I guess it’s time for a commercial head shot and actor’s resume.  View the commercial:

Meet our Western Showcase Consignment

Matheson Farms announces its 2013 consignment to the Western Showcase Sale. This elite all breed sale will be held on November 2, 2013 in Moses Lake, WA.


Black Silk is a feminine, smooth shouldered, deep bodied 3/4 Simmental/Angus female. She is sired by RCR Stetson T17.  Her dam is perfectly uddered and has consistently produced well for us. She profiles beautifully and will do well both in the show ring and in the cow herd.


New Residents

Matheson Farms is proud to announce the recent addition of Yaks to the farm. The Yak, aka “the grunting ox”, is native to Tibet, Mongolia, and Russia. These unusual and versatile bovines are long haired, woolly, have a horse-like tail, and are very playful. Their long skirts reach almost to the ground. They are used for milk, meat, riding, packing, and wool. They eat less than the standard bovine and are fun to look at. They grunt instead of moo.




Last week we acquired a bred cow and two youngsters – a bull and a heifer. Almost immediately they were eating out of our hands and the calves are learning to lead. Currently they are living with a beef calf in preparation to integrating with the herd this spring.

Nellie is a mature cow. She is solid black with a black nose. She is an “Imperial”.  We look forward to her baby in June.





 Ronan is future herd bull. He is a “Native Tibetan” – black with a grey nose. His color is called “Trim” meaning he has a white star, white on the end of his tail, and two white feet.



Tomoe (pronounced To-mo  eh) is a heifer calf. She is also a “Native Tibetan” of the “Trim” color pattern.



We are having fun working with the Yaks and welcome them to Matheson Farms.



Allan Savory Visits Washington State

Come hear Allan Savory, a visionary in Holistic Management and sustainability

Managing for the Future: How to be more sustainable

Allan Savory, founder of Holistic Management, will be in Washington State in November, 2012.  Savory, a Zimbabwe rancher, wildlife manager and biologist, developed a decision-making framework that results in ecologically regenerative, economically viable and socially sound management of natural resources.

Are you interested in:

  • Making decisions that are economically, socially and environmentally sound?
  • Learning how your food choices can affect climate change?
  • Analyzing and creating policies for more effective management
  • Knowing how to monitor your decisions to ensure you are moving in the desired direction financially and ecologically, as well as creating the quality of life you desire?
  • Managing livestock to enhance the environment, as well as improve profitability?

Want to learn more? Register to attend one or more of these events in Washington State:


November 7, 2012 – Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, WA

Savory will conduct a four-hour workshop on planned grazing and seeking sustainability. This will be held at Suncadia Resort near Cle Elum, WA. Workshop cost $99.

November 9, 2012 – Town Hall, Seattle Eating Our Way to a Healthy Planet

Can how we eat help reduce climate change?  Savory will discuss how consumer behavior in selecting food according to the way it is produced can influence markets and result in improving the health of our natural resources. An afternoon workshop will be conducted from 1 to 5 p.m. Cost $99 and includes the evening session as well. A keynote address will take place at 7:00 p.m. Keynote cost $15.

These programs are planned by Managing Change Northwest and the Savory Institute with help from Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Additional information and instructions on registering are available at:

Register Grazing Workshop

Register   Town Hall, Seattle



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