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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Questions About La Cense Beef

Who is La Cense Beef?
What is grass fed beef?
How is La Cense Beef different from other grass fed beef?
Is La Cense Beef organic?
Why are La Cense cattle raised in a humane, stress-free environment?
What are the benefits of grass fed beef?
Where can I get La Cense Beef?

How Does Grass Fed Beef Compare?

How is La Cense Beef different from conventional supermarket or mail-order beef?
How is the taste of La Cense Beef different from that of grain fed beef?
As a grass fed beef, is La Cense as tender as grain fed beef?
Why is La Cense Beef healthier than grain fed beef?
How does the fat content of grass fed beef compare to other heart-healthy foods such as chicken?

Questions About Safety

What measures does La Cense Beef take to reduce the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease?

Questions About Cooking/Preparation

Does La Cense Beef need to be cooked differently from grain-fed beef?
What is the best way to defrost La Cense Beef?
What should I do if my order is no longer frozen when I open my delivery?

Questions About Purchasing La Cense Beef

What forms of payment do you accept?
Is my information confidential?
What do I do if I can't remember my login or password?
What is the La Cense Beef Guarantee?

Questions About Shipping La Cense Beef

How is La Cense Beef prepared for shipping?
Can I request a specific delivery date?
Will I receive a tracking number with my order?

Questions About La Cense Beef

Q: Who is La Cense Beef?

A: La Cense Beef is a direct-to-consumer beef operation that raises and sells all-natural, pure 100% grass fed beef. All beef comes directly from our pristine 88,000-acre ranch in Southwest Montana to your door.

Q: What is grass fed beef?

A: Grass fed beef is beef that comes from cattle that feed exclusively on a grass and plant based diet. La Cense beef is true grass fed beef, in that grain is never introduced to their diet. Grass fed beef is higher in nutrients and Omega-3s, which are sourced from the grass. The Omega-3 content of beef goes down when grain is introduced to the cow's diet. Therefore, grass fed grass finished La Cense Beef is among the most healthy beef on the market.

Q: How is La Cense Beef different from other grass fed beef?

A: La Cense is a true grass fed beef in that cattle are never "finished" with the addition of grain to their diet. Many companies introduce grain to their cattle's diet in addition to grass, and label it "grass fed", misleading the customer. La Cense Beef is exclusively grass fed beef.

La Cense Beef derives its flavor from the grasses and plants the cattle graze on at the La Cense Montana ranch and from the humane and stress- free environment provided by our master ranchers. These master ranchers, with years of experience working on Montana cattle operations, help ensure that a humane, stress-free environment is maintained. In doing so, and in utilizing a sophisticated process of managed rotational grazing that ensures that cattle graze only upon lush pastures each and every day, they provide a superior beef, unlike any other grass fed beef produced in the U.S.

La Cense Beef also sets itself apart by the virtues provided by the ranch's remote location. Spanning 88,000 acres, and sitting at an altitude of 5100 feet, the La Cense Ranch is a pristine, unpolluted, vast landscape where the cattle enjoy the most natural, unadulterated life possible.

Q: Is La Cense Beef organic?

A: La Cense grass fed beef, like organic beef, means no hormones, antibiotics or pesticides. Grass fed beef is beef that comes from cattle that feed exclusively on a grass and plant based diet. La Cense beef is true grass fed beef, in that grain is never introduced to their diet. Grass fed beef is higher in nutrients and Omega-3s, which are sourced from the grass. The Omega-3 content of beef goes down when grain is introduced to the cow's diet. Therefore, grass fed grass finished La Cense Beef is among the most healthy beef on the market.

Q: Why are La Cense cattle raised in a humane, stress-free environment?

A: La Cense believes in an ethical and humane approach to the raising of cattle. To that end, our cattle spend their lives grazing in a natural environment and are never placed in grain feed lots.

Apart from the responsibility we feel toward our cattle, a stressful environment can lead to production of beef that is tough and of poor texture. By ensuring a stress-free environment - enabling cattle to always graze upon lush pastures and providing humane treatment through every step of the production process - La Cense fulfills its commitment to providing our customers with the highest-quality and most flavorful beef available.

Q: What are the benefits of grass fed beef?

A: La Cense Beef has set a standard for practicing traditional, yet forward thinking ranching methods that are good for the cows and good for the environment. Because La Cense cattle graze at a high altitude and are never finished on grain, La Cense Beef contains 5 times more Omega-3s and CLAs - fatty acids known for their ability to reduce the risk of heart attack by 50%, improve brain function, and fight off cancer. La Cense beef is also very high in Vitamin E and Beta Carotene, while containing 1/3 the fat of grain fed beef. To insure high quality nutrients in the beef, La Cense Beef is free of antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones.

Q: Where can I get La Cense Beef?

A: La Cense Beef is sold online at or by calling 1.866.442.BEEF (2333). It is also available on the menu of select restaurants. La Cense Beef comes directly from the La Cense Ranch to your door.

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How Does Grass fed Beef Compare?

Q: How is La Cense Beef different from conventional supermarket or mail-order beef?

A: La Cense's two main distinguishing qualities are: La Cense Beef is grass fed, grass finished and straight from the source.

All La Cense Beef comes from cows raised exclusively on our ranch. The beef is shipped directly from our ranch to your door. Most conventional brands' beef does not come from one ranch, but from a consortium of ranches, often with sub-standard methods of quality control. La Cense Beef is able to administer stringent quality control, due the fact that we oversee our all operations from beginning to end on one ranch. All La Cense beef are grass fed, grass finished, which offers greater health benefits to you, the cow, and the land. Grass fed grass finished is the most healthy, natural, and stress-free way to raise cattle. On the other hand conventional beef producers feed their cows grains and corn. Cows are ruminant animals, which means they are designed to eat grass. Eating grain causes the cows to get sick, in turn causing the animal to be given high doses of antibiotics.  At La Cense Beef we never use antibiotics or hormones.

Q: How is the taste of La Cense Beef different from that of grain fed beef?

A: La Cense Beef offers a truer, more genuine beef flavor. It is subtler and more sophisticated in taste than grain fed beef and is also lighter and cleaner tasting.  We ask you to try it for yourself and taste the difference.

Q: As a grass fed beef, is La Cense as tender as grain fed beef

A: Beef tenderness results from a number of factors, the primary of which is the breed of cattle and the degree of stress they experience as they are maturing. La Cense Beef is produced from select Black Angus cattle raised in a humane, stress-free environment. These cattle spend their lives grazing on the pastures of the La Cense ranch. Additionally, La Cense Beef is aged for enhancing tenderness. As a result, La Cense Beef offers exceptional taste and tenderness.

Q: Why is La Cense Beef healthier than grain fed beef?

A: Grain is not a natural component of the diet of cattle. Cattle do not digest grain well, and as a result, antibiotics must often be used to help treat health issues that arise.

Grass fed beef gleans many of its health benefits from the nutrients in the grass. The grass at the La Cense Ranch is high in Omega-3 fatty acids because they act as a natural plant anti-freeze. These Omega-3s are then present in the meat and dairy products of grass fed beef. Grass fed beef also has higher numbers of Vitamin E, Beta-carotene, and Conjugated Linoleic Acid - another beneficial fatty acid, all derived from the cow's exclusively grass diet.

Q: How does the fat content of grass fed beef compare to other heart-healthy foods such as chicken?

A: In addition to being significantly lower in fat than grain fed beef, grass fed beef has less fat than dark-meat chicken or white-meat chicken with skin, and nearly the same amount of fat as skinless white-meat chicken breasts. This is great news for health-conscious individuals who have decided to forego the beef that they love because of health concerns.

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Questions About Safety

Q: What measures does La Cense Beef take to reduce the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease?

A: La Cense cattle feed on a grass-only diet and are never provided feed containing animal by-products - a main source of transmission of BSE. La Cense Beef is produced from cattle raised on the La Cense ranch. We use a premise verification program that sources the age of calves from our herds. Our cattle are 18 months of age at the time of processing - BSE is known to have an incubation period of at least three years. Additionally, La Cense Beef never processes injured or ill cattle - also known as "downer" cattle. La Cense Beef does not use mechanical bone-stripping equipment (a process known as advanced meat recovery, or AMR). Our beef is hand-processed by skilled butchers. When a cow is fed it's natural diet of grass, the healthy, natural acidity levels in cow's stomachs (unlike grass fed).

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Questions About Cooking/Preparation

Q: Does La Cense Beef need to be cooked differently from grain-fed beef?

A: Please refer to our Cooking Guide.

Q: What is the best way to defrost La Cense Beef?

A: Your shipment of La Cense Beef will arrive frozen and vacuum-packed. Individual cuts can be defrosted by placing the vacuum-packed bag in the refrigerator or by placing on a stainless steel plate or cutting board.

Q: What should I do if my order is no longer frozen when I open my delivery?

A: La Cense Beef is vacuum-packed and then immediately frozen at the time of processing, and your order will be shipped as such. If your beef is no longer frozen at the time of arrival, as long as it is cool to the touch, you can either simply place the beef in your freezer or cook it that day.

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Questions About Puchasing La Cense Beef

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?

A: For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express and PayPal.

Q: Is my information confidential?

A: Please refer to our Privacy Notice

Q: What do I do if I can't remember my login or password?

A: Please note your e-mail address is your login name for your La Cense Beef account. If you have forgotten your password, please click "Forgot Your Password?"

Q: What is the La Cense Beef Guarantee?

A: La Cense Beef is committed to providing our customers with the highest-quality products and services. Your satisfaction means a great deal to us. Therefore, if you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason at all, we will replace the purchase or refund your money, whichever you prefer. When you place an order with La Cense Beef, your satisfaction is always unconditionally guaranteed. If at any time you have problems with an order, please call us toll-free at 1.866.442.BEEF (2333) or locally at 406-683-5900, or send an email to info@lacensebeef.com. La Cense Beef customer representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mountain Time, Monday through Friday, except on major holidays.

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Questions About Shipping

Q: How is La Cense Beef prepared for shipping?

A: La Cense Beef is processed at a USDA-certified facility. It is aged, hand-cut and trimmed with care, vacuum-sealed and then immediately frozen at the time of processing. Your order will be placed in a sealed, insulated container with dry ice. Since La Cense Beef is a perishable item, all orders are sent via Fedex to ensure that you receive the highest-quality beef.

Q: Can I request a specific delivery date?

A: Yes. You can request a specific delivery date either online or by phone.

Q: Will I receive a tracking number with my order?

A: Upon purchasing La Cense Beef, you will receive two confirmation e-mails. The first confirmation will be sent upon completion of your order and will detail your purchase. You will receive a second confirmation e-mail at the time that your order is shipped, which will provide you with a FedEx tracking number and shipping information.

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