Cross Creek Ranch located in southern Colorado nestled in the verdant landscapes of New Mexico and Colorado, the tale of marbling begins in the vast pastures and extends to the savory bites of our premium cuts. Our 2,500-acre haven, where cattle roam and graze, is where the journey of marbling starts. As a vertically integrated farm, we control every aspect, from the lush fields that provide feed, to the careful nurturing of our cattle, ensuring an exquisite marbling that sets our meats apart.
What is Beef Marbling?
Beef marbling refers to the delicate veins of intramuscular fat intertwined within the muscle fibers. This marbling is the harbinger of flavor, tenderness, and juiciness, rendering during the cooking process to infuse the meat with a rich, savory taste.
Our Unique Journey to Marbling
Our cattle enjoy a serene existence, grazing on the expansive pastures of our ranch in Hesperus, Colorado. As they mature, we shift to grain feeding, derived from our own fields in New Mexico, instills the marbling that's the hallmark of our premium cuts. This meticulous process, under our vigilant care, cultivates the marbling that elevates our meats to a realm of extraordinary flavor and tenderness.
Understanding Beef Marbling Score (BMS) with Precision
At Cross Creek Ranch, ensuring the high-quality marbling of our meats is not left to chance; it's a science. We employ modern technology, utilizing the MIJ Carcass Mobile Camera App for precise grading to ensure our meats consistently meet and exceed the high standards required for premium quality. This sophisticated tool provides real-time carcass data, enabling us to accurately evaluate the marbling score which is crucial for the taste, texture, and overall dining experience promised by our premium cuts.
The Beef Marbling Score (BMS) is a grading system that evaluates beef quality based on the amount and distribution of intramuscular fat, known as marbling. A higher BMS indicates more marbling and usually corresponds to a better taste and texture when cooked. The Japanese BMS scale, used for Wagyu beef, ranges from 1 to 12, with 12 being the highest grade with the most marbling. Here's a simplified breakdown of the BMS:
- BMS 1: No visible marbling
- BMS 2-3: Slight marbling
- BMS 4-5: Modest marbling (Equivalent to USDA Prime)
- BMS 6-7: Moderate marbling
- BMS 8-9: High marbling
- BMS 10-12: Very high to exceptional marbling
At Cross Creek Ranch, our American Wagyu consistently achieves a BMS of 8-9 or higher, while our Full Blood Wagyu excels with a score of 10-12, aligning with the luxurious Japanese A5 Wagyu which also tops the scale at 12. In comparison, the USDA grading system maxes out at a BMS of 5 (USDA Prime). With the aid of the MIJ Carcass Mobile Camera App, our grading process is honed to perfection, ensuring our Wagyu's superior BMS scores exhibit a level of marbling and quality that significantly surpasses USDA Prime grade, promising a gourmet dining experience with every tender, flavorful bite.
Why Marbling Matters?
Marbling is more than a visual allure; it's a flavor promise. Each fleck of intramuscular fat embodies a burst of flavor, waiting to enrich your palate. Our grain feeding regimen, towards the latter part of our cattle's life, is tailored to enhance this marbling, promising a succulent, flavor-rich dining experience.
Experience the Marbling Magic at Cross Creek Ranch
We invite you to delve into the marbling magic that defines Cross Creek Ranch Premium Meats. Our commitment to quality, from seed to savory bite, is our pledge of an unmatched culinary journey.
Discover the allure of marbling with our range of premium cuts and embrace a taste experience that's uniquely Cross Creek Ranch.