You Get What You Pay For

By Ken Klemm of The Buffalo Guys

I remember when I was a young boy and I bought a cheap toy gun at the store.  It didn’t take long before it fell apart and my Dad looked at me with that “I Told You So Look” and said, “Son, you get what you pay for.  You should have bought the good one for a little more”.

It was a bitter lesson to learn but one that I have never forgotten.  I’ve found that principle holds true not only with toys but with vehicles, clothes, real firearms, real estate and even food.  That’s right, food.

Since I am in the food business I see it all the time.  Just yesterday I read in the Wall Street Journal how the major milling companies (General Mills, etc) were planning to reformulate their recipes with lower protein and lower cost wheat so they can preserve their margins in the face of escalating costs.  I’ll bet you won’t see a big yellow “New and Not as Good as Before” slapped across the front of those packages.  Buyer beware.

The same thing is true in the meat business.  There are lots of short cuts that can make for cheaper meat.  Some of these start on the ranch where growing practices can be changed to get the animal to market cheaper.  Did you ever wonder why some growers were feeding animal parts to herbivores?  Answer:  Rendered meat was “cheaper” protein than the natural kind found in alfalfa or soybeans.  That short-cut had big repercussions and even death for some consumers.

Just like Dad said, “You get what you pay for”.

Your meat supplier should at least meet these standards:

  1. Range-Raised
  2. No Antibiotics - ever.
  3. No Added Hormones (The Feds make us use the word “added” since all animals have some hormones naturally)
  4. No animal by-products fed – ever.
  5. Humane treatment.

If you can’t discover who actually raises the meat then you should keep looking.  Would you put something in your mouth that a stranger handed you?

A lot of meat purveyors have the name Ranch or Farm associated with their name but in reality they are nothing more than a meat processor in an urban industrial park that buys meat on the open market – no questions asked.

If you can find who raised it or how it was sourced ask to see the grower’s affidavit that details how the animals are raised.  If they can’t or won’t produce one give us a call.  We will.

When you buy The Buffalo Guys meat you are buying from Ken and Peter and what is in our package is what we feed our families.  It’s simple, safe and healthful.  If you have a question all you need to do is call and ask.  We take our responsibility to you seriously.

Ken and Peter