Meet the graham Family

owners of graham farms

About the Ranch

We are basically a cow/calf operation. We have about 300 acres of row crops, also: corn and soybeans. All the corn we feed to our cattle, and the soybeans are just for cash to buy more feed. And then we have 300 mama cows, and we keep all the calves all the way until they are processed for meat. We sell some to local individual consumers, and the rest of it goes to processors like Missouri Prime Beef Packers.

Why Show Me Beef?

It’s all done here in Missouri. You know where it’s coming from, and you may even know who raised it! Somewhere along the processing chain, you may know someone.

the farm lifestyle

It means a lot to be able to raise my children on our farm. That’s what I do it for. My wife is a special education teacher by trade, and I have two degrees in aerospace engineering. By the time I got to college age, I didn’t want to be a farmer. The work was too hard. When I got out of college and went to job interviews, I didn’t want to live in a city. It’s too fast-paced. We came back to the farm because my grandfather had cancer, and we’ve been here ever since. We knew that we would raise kids in the country on a farm just because of the lifestyle. If it weren’t for the kids, I probably wouldn’t be here doing it on a generational family farm.

graham FFF

Terms you may not know:

Cow/Calf Operation - Cows are bred and calves are born and raised every year on cow-calf farms and ranches, spending time grazing on grass pastures within sight of their mothers.
Backgrounding - Backgrounding is a beef production system that involves maximal use of pasture and forages from the time calves are weaned until they are placed in a feedlot.
Feedyard - Cattle spend their final 4-6 months at a feedyard being fed a scientifically-balanced diet and receiving daily care.