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stiff, tufted native grass (Trisetum glomeratum) that provides excellent livestock forage in high altitude ranges; also called he'upueo


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Hawai'i Pasture-Raised Beef

Hawaii Big Island BeefThe Big Island produces the lion's share of Hawai'i's beef. The statewide cattle industry is basically divided into two operations: the cow-calf setup where the calf is produced to be exported out-of-state for finishing and second, the local slaughter operation, where cattle is raised entirely in Hawai'i for commercial slaughter. While some ranches do one or the other,  numerous do both simultaneously.

Although USDA Hawaii Field Office stats are no longer available, typically, one-fourth of the state’s cattle marketings (sum of exports and local slaughter) are for local consumption.

Where's the Beef?  

KalunaBig Isle ranches producing pasture-raised beef sell their product to restaurants and retailers. A handful of ranchers sell direct to consumers or at farmers markets. A handful of ranchers sell direct to consumers or at farmers market.

Pasture-raised beef is marketed under various brands at grocery stores: Mountain Apple, Hawaii Big Island Beef, Island Fresh, Hawai‘i Ranchers, etc. Don't hesitate to ask your butcher or grocer to identify it for you when shopping.

Big Isle Pasture-Raised Beef Producers

The following ranches are producing cattle for pasture-raised beef consumption. Their fresh, island beef is feeding our island.   HC

Clarence Rapoza Ranch, Kona
Daleico Ranch-Ka'u
Ernest DeLuz Ranch-Hamakua
Ernest Pung Ranch-Hamakua
Kahua Ranch-Kohala
Kealia Ranch-South Kona
Kukaiau Ranch-Hamakua
Kuahiwi Ranch, Na’alehu
Kukuipahu Ranch, North Kohala
Lowline Cattle Company-Ahualoa
Palani Ranch-North Kona
Parker Ranch-Waimea
Ponoholo Ranch-North Kohala
Pu’uwai Ranch, Hamakua
RJ Ranch-Hamakua
Triple D Ranch-Hamakua