American Alps Ranch | small angus cattle ~ big grass-fed taste

Small Angus Cattle ~ Big Grass Fed Taste

Welcome to American Alps Ranch! We are proud to offer you our all natural Grass Fed Lowline Angus beef. We raise our cattle here on our beautiful ranch in the Skagit River Valley of Washington state.  

No hormones, steroids, antibiotics or grains are ever used on our animals. They eat grass; the food nature intended and drink pure water straight off the glaciers in the North Cascade mountains.  Our Lowline Angus cattle graze freely on lush pastures in the fresh air and sunshine. This is good for our cattle, good for the environment and good for you. And the grass fed flavor of our beef is delicious!

Our next delivery is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016. Please have your order complete by Wednesday, April 21, so we have time to pull and pack your order - thanks!


Spring calf B-9, nine months old.
Spring calves, about nine months old
Steers grazing on fresh grass in our lush summer pasture.
Alex checking the herd - or maybe the herd is checking him.
Our beautiful summer pasture at the foot of the North Cascades.
Our Lowline Angus herd.
Jake the cattle dog and a curious steer.
The herd after a spring shower.
A new calf gets a thorough licking from her mama.
Grazing on fresh grass in the summer pastures.
The cattle working pens at our home ranch.
Rotational grazing means lots of fresh grass.
Maude, a yearling heifer.
Alex with the herd.
Molly and Grizzly the cattle dogs watching over the grazing steers.
Fresh grass, fresh air and sunshine for the herd.
Cattle grazing.

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Thoughts & Notes from the Blog

Buying Beef in Bulk

July 03, 2013 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Healthy LifestyleIndustry News
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Pasture to Plate

Live weight, Hanging weight, Packaged weight - What’s the difference?? How can one beef have three different weights?  It can be confusing to talk about the different weight classifications and terms applied to an animal carcass. Here are the steps from an animal grazing in the pasture to the steak on your plate and what they mean to you.

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Fire in the Cascades

August 23, 2015 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Ranch Life

It has been a summer of extreme drought for Western Washington - and much of the rest of the western US. The drought has led to EXTREMELY dry conditions throughout the Skagit Valley and the North Cascades - both the east and west sides; we've never seen it like this. And now, fire. It seems all of Washington is on fire.A wildfire is burning in the North Cascades just above the ranch near the town of Newhalem and Highway 20 is closed just a few miles north of us. So far, the town of Marblemount and our ranch and animals are safe.

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Summer at the Ranch

September 29, 2014 By BrendaPalmer Category(s): Ranch Life
Pulling wire on the new pasture fence.

It has been a busy summer here at the ranch. We leased another 80 acres of pasture just across the river this spring and Rick and Alex have spent months getting it fenced for rotational grazing for our grass fed beef. 

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