FOUNDING DOUBLE K RANCH
When I was growing up, my family had a cattle ranch. It wasn’t big, just a hundred acres, but it had horses and cattle, a few pigs and chickens, barns, sheds, tractors, a monstrous barn cat, lots of mice, a field of alfalfa and another of corn, and a Chevy truck with a three-gear-shift on the column. It’s where I learned to ride horses, drive trucks, and explore. So this ranch was paradise for me. An adventure just waiting out the back door. But this was also where our beef came from. And it was a lot of meat, all wrapped up in white paper which filled up a freezer in the garage. I grew up thinking all beef came that way; from a ranch. As I grew up, I discovered this wasn’t so. Most beef came from a grocery store, wrapped in plastic, without connection to a place or the people who raised it. And somehow that didn’t seem right.
I was devastated when the ranch was sold. I was sixteen. And a big part of my youth was gone with it. I had the memories, but memories are tough to share. I vowed that if I ever got married and had kids, I also had to have a ranch. Not for me, for my unborn future kids. I wanted them to learn what I had learned, that meat comes from a ranch, from an animal, not from a store. So how that animal is raised and cared for is important. It needs to be done right. And caring for the land is important, too. It’s all connected.
So, I decided I better get a ranch first, before anything else, so I’d be ready if and when those kids ever showed up. Which they did. Four of them. And they all learned to respect the land and the animals. And to ride horses, drive trucks and explore. And along the way, they also found out beef does not come from a market, wrapped in plastic, it comes from a ranch with a connection to the land and the people who raised it.
MEAT SHOP & DELI
Double K Ranch Meats and Deli are focused solely on providing healthy, and ethically raised meats to the local communities of the Bitterroot Valley and Missoula Montana. Getting the Meat Shop under state inspection in 2019 was the second step, allowing the ranch to process its own meat and sell it to restaurants and other wholesale accounts. The first step is raising the animals. And in 2022 we opened the third phase of the operation, the Deli.
Unlike more than 85% of the meat industry, which involves massive feedlots and slaughterhouses, animals in tight & confined spaces, and often times inhumane practices. Going through many hands, and traveling thousands of miles to get to the nearest grocery store. Our Beef and Pork stay on the ranch, don't travel thousands of miles, and are always on pasture, never in tight & confined spaces. Happy and healthy animals is what you'll find.
Having our Meat Shop Located directly on the ranch, we never have to load up the animals and haul them before their final days. They get to stay on the ranch they were raised on, and are treated with the upmost respect until the end. Travelling only 63 miles to get to our deli, our meats travel much less than the typical steak bought in a grocery store. Join us in changing the way meat is thought about and eaten, healthy for both the land and the animals, and your body too.
Meet the people working behind the scenes at the Double K Ranch, Meat Shop, and Deli, making some of the highest quality meats in Montana. From start to finish, we put the animals well being first.
Owners & Operators
Dillon oversees all of the operations involved with Double K Ranch. Making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible, from the animal operations to the products created in the Meat Shop & Deli, and everything in between.
Tesalynn is the photographer for the ranch and runs its social media platforms. She also helps operate the Deli in Missoula as well as all of the animal operations on the ranch.
Jim & Lynn Kouf
Founders of the Double K Ranch, Jim and Lynn Kouf have operated the ranch since 1985. Starting with just a few cows and growing from there. In the beginning, it was all about showing family and friends where good meat comes from. Now, it's about showing all of Montana.
meat Shop Manager
Adam runs the day to day operations in the meat shop. Making sure the shop is clean, and ready for daily inspection, Adam keeps the team going with what needs to be done. Ensuring that each product is dealt with and handled with care.
Deli Head Chef
Ryan is the Head Chef of the Double K Ranch Deli. Crafting tasty meals made from meats processed and raised on our ranch in Darby. check out our deli page to see more information.
Josh leads to in house butchering team at the Double K Ranch Deli, creating items from fresh sausages, dehydrated jerkys, smoked roast beef, terrines, and more. Stop by the Deli now to see the current selection.
Meet the crew that keeps the ranch running and the animals happy.
From feeding, haying, ditch work and fencing, they do all of the work necessary too operate and raise the animals on the Double K Ranch
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