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Pasture with red angus cattle and owners, Sam & Lauren Hunt


There are ranchers.

There are butchers.

We are both.

Sam and Lauren Hunt both grew up raising and caring for cattle, as well as several other animals.  Between the two of them, they hold two B.S. degrees in Animal Science and one B.S. degree in Rangeland Ecology—all from the University of Idaho. Go Vandals!


  Shortly before Sam and Lauren were married, they jointly purchased a group of cattle to add to the individual herds they each had started, and the joint herd has been growing ever since. The entire herd is Red Angus based with some crossbred cows, some purebred cows, and all purebred bulls.  The selection criteria for replacement cows and bulls includes attitude and carcass traits.  A focus on good, calm attitudes enables Bar H Ranch to minimize stress in the herd while interacting with them.  Of course, paying attention to carcass traits is a given and something taken seriously, since the ranchers are the butchers too!

This background and expertise in genetics and animal husbandry pays off. Bar H Ranch sells ground beef directly to some local Moscow restaurants and offers it for sale in the C&L Locker shop.  Occasionally, there are other cuts available for sale.  Additionally, Bar H Ranch offers live cattle for sale, and whole, half, or quarter “cut & wrapped” beef shares.  All Bar H Ranch cattle are processed at C&L Locker.  Depending on who the end-customer is (retail, wholesale, or personal home use), slaughter is done at WSU, UI, Limit Bid, or C&L Locker. Regardless of slaughter location, all Bar H Ranch cattle are scheduled for processing by Sam or Lauren. Whole, half, and quarter beef shares predominately come from grain-finished cattle with carcasses grading choice or higher. Occasionally there are shares available from grass-finished cattle. All Bar H Ranch ground beef comes from grass-fed cattle.

When the rancher is the butcher, it's a win-win for providing high quality meat to customers, and fits right on into the C&L Locker “Real Meat. Local People." motto!

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