Wednesday, June 3, 2015

1881 Hereford Beef

With grilling season now in full swing, we thought it was appropriate to write a little something about the Hereford 1881 brand of steaks that we serve at the Lake Elmo Inn. 

Hereford cattle have long enjoyed a reputation for producing truly great tasting beef. It started when innovative farmers in early 19th century America began importing the red-bodied, white-faced cattle from Herefordshire, England to breed to their dairy based stock in order to “beef up” the quality of future generations of cattle.

In 1881, Hereford breeders formed the American Hereford Association (AHA) to protect the genetic purity of the breed and to promote its use by farmers and ranchers throughout the country. The first association of its kind, the AHA has been tracking the lineages of Hereford cattle ever since, registering animals long before the American Kennel Club, the American Quarter Horse Association or any other cattle breed association.

The Certified Hereford Beef program began as a marketing initiative of the AHA in 1994. Based on the findings of over three years of Colorado State University research that proved the superior eating quality and consistency of Hereford Beef, the three-fold mission of the program was, and continues to be:
1) To provide consumers with consistently tender, juicy and flavorful beef products
2) To enhance the marketing opportunities of food industry distributors, retailers and restaurateurs
3) To increase the demand for commercial Hereford influenced cattle

The concept behind Certified Hereford Beef was simple; give consumers a superior product at a competitive price. The program would do so by harvesting only Midwest, corn-fed Hereford and specific Hereford crossbred cattle, genetically proven to produce better tasting beef.
From the early 1990s to the present time Certified Hereford (CHB) has continued to excel as a branded beef product.

The beef that we serve at the Lake Elmo Inn is the 1881 Hereford Beef.  This type of beef makes up the top 5% of the Hereford line, making it truly unique.

1881 Omaha Hereford Beef
      USDA Certified Program
Hereford & Angus Black Baldy Beef
Meets Specifications for Both:
Black Angus Beef
Certified Hereford Beef
British Influence Only
No Dairy Influence
No Brahman Influence
No Continental Influence
Ribeye Size 10-16 inches only
Grade A Maturity Requirements
Marbling Requiremnts
Top Choice or Higher
Marbling Score – Modest 0 and Higher
                   Medium to Fine Marbling                        Texture

Only a select number of restaurants in Minnesota offer the 1881 Hereford Line and we are proud to be one of them.  The world’s finest beef for consistently superior taste & tenderness!