DOUBLE K RANCH NEWS - JANUARY 25TH, 2023
Welcome to the Double K Ranch
The Double K Ranch was started by Jim Kouf in 1985 and founded on respect for the land and the love of a great steak. Along with his wife, Lynn, and the desire to teach their children where good food came from, they created a one of a kind place that produces the highest quality meat that is ethically and sustainably raised.
Our Angus Beef and Berkshire Hogs are all-natural, pasture raised and grass fed without any added hormones or antibiotics. The hogs also eat a local Non-GMO feed made right here in Montana. Both the beef and hogs are bred, born and raised on our ranch from the beginning until the end, always in our care.
Butchered in our meat shop, Double K Ranch Meats, we offer a variety of high-quality fresh meats, from steaks and chops to burger and roasts. And through our own private label, Fifth Season Montana, founded by Dillon Kouf in 2019, we are excited to be one of the only meat shops in the state producing old-world Charcuterie meats including Salami, Bresaola, Pancetta, Coppa and more, all made by hand.
Our dream has always been to provide healthy and delicious food for our friends and family. So please come visit our Retail Meat Shop in Darby, and Meat Shop & Deli in Missoula so you too can see where your meat comes from.
At the Double K Ranch, we care about being stewards of the land and the environment around us. From solar panels to our own composting facility, our intention is to be as good to the planet as possible.
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The Double K Ranch currently has 111 solar panels on the property. Starting with 40 panels, and recently adding another 71 in 2021, with the intention of completely powering the operation with sustainable energy. The current panels are powering a large majority of the meat shop operation, which is most of the power used on the ranch.
As of December 1st, 2022
190,309.9lbs of CO2 emissions saved
Equivalent to 1,438 trees planted.
When the Ranch Meat Shop received a grant to help build its slaughter facility, it was faced with the challenge of what to do with all of the inedible materials accumulated during processing. After plenty of research, the conclusion was made that composting the items would be best for the ranch and the environment. And so the Ranch started its own composting facility to create good soil out of what may have otherwise been thrown away.
Here at the Double K Ranch, we recycle everything from aluminum and tin cans to plastics and cardboard. We do our best to reduce our usage of these materials, and recycle them anytime we use them.
ON-SITE PROCESSING FACILITY
Because the Double K Ranch has its own meat shop, including a slaughter facility and curing operation, it allows the ranch to cut its emissions by using less transportation. Typically animals are raised on one property, killed at another, and sold at yet another. Often times all in different states around the country. It takes a lot of gas and man hours to make that happen. Keeping our animals on one property, and selling in the local market, allows the ranch to always remain in control of the animals, cutting down on the emissions used to get meat to your refrigerator.
NO FEED LOTS
The Double K Ranch raises only the amount of beef it can feed from the land. Reducing emissions from shipping in hay as well as feed for the beef. All grass fed and finished, they have pasture year round. Because they aren't in small pens, knee deep in their own waste, the pastures are able to consume that waste without letting it build up and contaminate the surrounding area like often found with large feed lots.
GMO FREE - MONTANA FEED
The Double K Ranch feeds their hogs a Montana Made, all natural GMO-Free feed. By purchasing feed made in Montana as opposed to feed shipped in from out of state, we are able to reduce emissions in yet another way. Since it is GMO-Free and made without Corn and Soy, there are none of the negative effects from the mass production of those products. All of the ingredients in the feed are grown in Montana.
WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS MEAN??
- Happy, stress-free animals
- Healthy land
- Reduced Emissions
- Supplying a local market with local meat
- Supporting and creating Montana jobs
- And most importantly, healthy food for your body!