FAQ

Farming Philosophy... soil health

We farm using no-till, holistic farming methods with a focus on healthy soil. Our beef is rotationally grazed, grass-fed and grass-finished with a variety of grasses and cover crops. It's also hormone-free, grain-free, antibiotic-free, non-GMO, pesticide-free, herbicide-free, humanely raised, environmentally friendly, and sustainable. We absorb more carbon from the atmosphere than our cattle produce, making our beef carbon negative. Healthy soil is the foundation of our holistic grass-fed beef. That's why we put our farm's soil health first. Read about our soil philosophy and how it translates to sustainable, holistic grass-fed beef. 

About Us... the Stigge Family

S3 Meats is owned and operated by the Stigge Family; John, Kathryn, Peter, Ian, and Helen. We raise our cattle on a  single farm in Washington, Kansas. Our gorgeous property is a 1,200 acre haven for cattle, crops, and pollinators.

Grass-Fed & Grass-Finished... yum

Our cattle graze our outdoor fields eating delicious grasses and nutritious cover crops throughout their entire lives. They dine on a delectable salad of plants, all in their leafy green state: various grasses, millet, crimson clover, sunn hemp, african forage cabbage, buckwheat, spring peas, bayou kale, turnips, and radishes. In the colder months we give the cattle dried greens & grasses since there's less to eat in the fields. The cattle never eat corn or grain. They never receive hormones or antibiotics. 

Fresh or Frozen... frozen fresh

In order to optimize quality of our holistic grass-fed beef, all cuts are frozen after they are aged for 14 days at our USDA certified processor. Your meat arrives at your door frozen or partially thawed. You can refreeze cuts that have not completely thawed without harming the flavor. After a cut has thawed, it's best not to refreeze it. Thawed products can be kept in the fridge for up to 12 days in their vacuum packaging. One caveat... do NOT refreeze ground beef.

Shipping Policy... orders ship Tuesdays. Sorry, No PO Boxes

We ship orders on Tuesdays using UPS Ground & UPS Air from Kansas. You'll receive your holistic grass-fed beef 1-2 days after it ships. We prefer ground shipping as it has a lower carbon footprint than air. However, some states are too far to get you your meat in optimum condition, and thus require air shipping. 

Weekly shipment deadline is Tuesday at noon central time. If you order after noon central on Tuesday, your order ships the following Tuesday. If you miss the deadline and want your meat ASAP, please call us at (785) 325-6000. We'll do our best to make you happy.

See our complete Shipping Policy for more details and information on our "$49 delivery by S3 Meats."

Shipping Packaging... it's eco-friendly

We ship all our grass-fed beef frozen, in cardboard boxes lined with Green Cell Foam and filled with biodegradable packing peanuts. Green Cell Foam is a USDA Certified Biobased Product and 100% Compostable. The foam keeps our meat delicious all the way to your door. Made with 100% non-GMO U.S. grown corn, the foam produces 80% less greenhouse gas and uses 70% less energy to produce than polystyrene (styrofoam). The foam biodegrades in under 60 days, is water soluble, and burns clean. This means you can put in your compost pile or burn it as fuel to cook your meat. 

Local Pickup... yes, it's Free

Local pickup is free and available on weekdays. If you don't see the pickup option during online checkout, please give us a call to place your pickup order (785) 325-6000.

After placing your pickup order online, please reply to the confirmation email or email us at s3meats@gmail.com to let us know when you'll be picking up your order. Our address is 1666 Prairie Rd, Washington, KS 66968.

Organic?... better than organic, it's Holistic.

Did you know that organic beef can come from a feedlot!? We are not organic. Our holistic grass-fed beef is rotationally grazed, grass-fed and grass-finished with a variety of grasses and nutrient-dense cover crops. It's also hormone-free, antibiotic-free, non-GMO, pesticide-free, herbicide-free, humanely raised, environmentally friendly, and sustainable. We care deeply about our cattle's quality of life and the beef we produce. We take pride in giving our customers the best tasting, most sustainable beef possible. 

Going organic would actually compromise our soil health and holistic methods. We are a very small business, and going organic takes considerable management and expense to certify and maintain. Our time is best spent caring for our soil, crops, cattle, and family. We produce beef with superior nutrients

Supplements & Protein... how we use them 

Mineral supplements provide salt, phosphorus, sulfur, calcium, and other needed minerals; similar to a daily vitamin for humans. We use natural, mined minerals. NEVER animal byproduct minerals or hormones.

As part of holistic farming, our cattle get their protein needs from the nutrient-packed cover crops they graze. The cover crops are naturally high in protein.  We stockpile our cover crops to supplement their hay (grass) diet in the winter months. 

Antibiotics... we don't need them 

We have not needed to use antibiotics on a single animal in years. Like in humans, antibiotics are commonly used to treat illness.  In cattle, illness is usually caused by stress.  Environmental stresses include mud, overcrowding, dust, cold, heat, or combinations of these.  Other stresses are associated with “modern beef production.”  These include weaning, trucking, commingling of animals from different herds, the sorting of cattle to fit a feedlot’s needs, and life at cattle sale barns. 

We continue to discover new ways to reduce or eliminate stress from the cow's life. In doing so, we have not needed to use antibiotics on any of our animals in many years. Treat the problem, not the symptom.

Vaccines... how we use them 

We use vaccines in the same way humans do. We vaccinate for specific diseases early in the cow's life. The vaccines we use are the ones permitted by USDA-certified grass-fed programs.

Carbon Negative Footprint... rotational grazing & fast grass

We're better than carbon neutral, our farm is carbon negative. Rotational grazing on grasses and cover crops accelerates plant growth. Accelerated growth requires more carbon. The carbon sequestered into the soil more than offsets the entire grass-fed beef production in the long-run. This article explains it well with source links and even some counterpoints, because... well, life.

Contact Us... I have another question...

We are frequently in the fields but you should try us by phone at 785-325-6000. You can also reach us via email at s3meats@gmail.com We do our best to get back to you within a few hours during the week.