Meet the graham Family

owners of graham farms

About the Ranch

We are a cow/calf operation in Patterson, Missouri. We have 300 head of mama cows, and we finish out all of our calves. We sell some beef to individual consumers locally, and the rest goes to processors like Missouri Prime Beef Packers. We also have about 300 acres of row crops, including corn and soybeans. All the corn is used to feed our cattle, and the soybeans are just for cash to buy more feed. 

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. I probably wouldn’t be here doing it on a generational family farm if it weren't for the kids.

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.