Touchstone Angus was begun in 1993 near Elizabeth, Colorado with a goal to raise healthier beef that was tender and delicious as well. We began with angus cattle because they were proven to offer the most tender and flavorful of the beef breeds.
The goal set for the ranch is exemplified by the definition of a Touchstone. The American Heritage Dictionary: 1) A hard, black stone, such as jasper or basalt, formerly used to test the quality of gold or silver by comparing the streak left on the stone by one of these metals with that of a standard alloy. 2) An excellent quality or example that is used to test the excellence or genuineness of others.
In 1999 we sold our ranch in Elizabeth and were able to purchase a larger near Lusk, Wyoming. It is better suited to year round grazing and allow us to expand our operation. Though the cattle are now raised in SE Wyoming, most of our customers still reside on the front range of Colorado. We continue to process the beef primarily at the Elizabeth Locker Plant so our customers can conveniently pick-up their orders after processing.
The ranch is set-up for rotational grazing similar to the grazing pattern of the North American Bison/Buffalo. Each pasture is given periods for rest and re-growth. This grazing practice can significantly improve the health of native ranges. This grazing practice also improves wildlife habitat for the many native species now thriving on the ranch.
The grass fed cattle are able to spend their entire lives grazing open pastures. During parts of the winter the cattle may need to be supplemented. The supplemental feed is primarily grass and alfalfa hay raised on the ranch when snow prevents sufficient grazing.