Questions about the Cows
WHY DO YOU DRY-AGE THE BEEF?
Dry-aged beef just tastes better. Supermarket beef is very rarely dry-aged, and the very best steakhouse beef usually is. Beef has a natural tenderizing enzyme in its muscle fibers. That enzyme works for up to 8 days. Meanwhile, as the meat continues to age, it evaporates water from the muscle, which keeps the flavor concentrated. We dry age all of our beef for a minimum of 21 days so it has a chance to tenderize and develop its flavor.
DO YOU REALLY FEED THEM BEER, AND DOES IT REALLY MAKE THE BEEF BETTER?
Yes and YES! There are actually several benefits to the beer byproduct (called wort), which we procure from local partner Four Peaks Brewery. It has nutrition the cows need (carbohydrates, long chain sugars), flavor they love, and of course… who isn’t more relaxed with a beer in their hand (ok, our cows don’t actually hold it… but they do like it).
WHAT DOES NATURALLY-RAISED MEAN?
It means that our cattle are never given hormones to stimulate growth, but rather allowed to grow naturally. They are not administered antibiotics unless they get sick and then they are segregated from the herd and sold as commodity cattle. They are never fed any animal based protein supplements of any kind.
We also get a lot of questions about their diet. Our certified grass-fed program is currently discontinued. Our cows do eat mostly grass (a variety of local hay) and are finished on 20-30% grain, depending on their relative size.
Our experts concur that eating grass is important, but agree with the 95% of our consumers who prefer that our animals eat a well-rounded diet. By letting our animals have a grass diet in combination with grain supplements, we’re able to strike a healthy (and flavorful) balance. It’s also important to make sure all feed is animal byproduct free, and free of any drugs or hazardous chemicals, which is always the case at our farms.
IS YOUR MEAT SUSTAINABLY RAISED?
Yes it is! We source our calves exclusively from local Arizona ranches to minimize travel time and fuel use, and to keep money in the local economy.
Additionally, we source our hay from our family farms, which use green waste from our own operation to fertilize the crops. In other words, we recycle our own “green-waste” (biological waste product) and convert it back into mulch to grow our own feed.
All of this is done using recycling methods developed by our other family business, CTS Greenwaste Recycling. This 360 degree cycle provides the highest possible sustainability for the Perry Farm and Ranch operations.
What can we say? We are just a big happy, productive and efficient family.
IS YOUR MEAT HUMANELY RAISED?
The compassionate treatment of farm animals is important to us at Perry Land & Cattle. That is why we put care into our procurement choices and are transparent about our suppliers, all of whom are committed to ensuring animals are treated humanely. Because we are a small farm, we do not waste the expense of humanely raised certifications, but instead demonstrate this by our actions, adhere to all standards, and go above and beyond with our internal standards of care and operations with our cattle.
We do our absolute best to avoid stress throughout all stages of our animals’ lives, from beginning to end. Obviously, stress is bad for the animal, but it also creates toxins that negatively affect the quality of the meat.
All of our animals spend their entire lives outside with plenty of space to stretch their legs, eating well and growing at their own natural pace (rather than being jacked up on hormones). After caring for our animals every day of their lives, the last thing we want to do is undo our farmers’ work by creating a stressful end of life experience. This is why we’ve established a relationship with a processing facility in Arizona, located within a short drive of all of our farms. Not only is this better for the animal, but it also produces a better quality product.
Questions about buying beef with us
CAN I PICK MY ORDER UP?
Of course! Just select ‘Pick it up with the Perrys’ when you check out, and we’ll reach out to schedule a pick up window. Pickups are usually scheduled for Saturdays from 12-4pm, unless otherwise arranged. Right now, that will be at our home office in Gilbert; we’re working on an eventual store front!
WHERE DO YOU DELIVER?
For those who prefer home delivery, there are several options based on where you live. Within a one-hour drive of our location (the east valley stretching as far as central Phoenix), we will hand deliver. North and west valley customers will receive their beef via UPS or FedEx. The cost is dependent on location. You will be able to tell which zone you fall into after you input your shipping zip code at checkout.
If you do not see any shipping options at checkout, you probably fall outside our delivery zone. Give us a call if you think it’s an error – or you can always pick it up!
WHEN DO YOU DELIVER?
We do hand deliveries every Friday, unless otherwise arranged. One of our team members will reach out to you to coordinate delivery after your order is processed. For those outside the immediate delivery area, we will provide tracking information once we process and ship your order. Orders placed by midnight on Thursday will go out Friday; orders received after that will go out the following Friday.
HOW WILL MY ORDER BE DELIVERED?
The meat is flash frozen before dry aging to lock in freshness, wrapped in kraft paper after butchering, and kept frozen until delivery to the end consumer. When we receive an order, we pack your beef in a cardboard box. This will be combined with gel packs or dry ice, depending on quantity of meat ordered. For orders outside our immediate delivery area, we will use FedEx or UPS to ship your beef to you, and always with tracking information.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY MEAT ARRIVED IN GOOD CONDITION?
Once your box is delivered, it can sit outside for approximately 6-8 hours. *This can vary based on temperature and location, especially in Arizona, so we recommend bringing your box in ASAP! You don’t need to be home for delivery. However, please understand that Perry Land & Cattle is not responsible for missed deliveries.
Don’t worry if your box arrives without any dry ice, or if your meat isn’t frozen solid. Meat should be below 40°F upon opening. It is also okay if the gel packs or dry ice are not frozen, as long as they are still cold. If you’re still not sure, rely on your nose. Meat that is spoiled will smell sour and be very sticky to the touch.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE RETURNS?
Given the perishable nature of the product, we do not accept returns. If there is a problem with your order, contact customer service and we will work to make it right.