Passions take shape early in life. My passion for raising quality cattle started as a young child on a 320 acre Original Donation Claim property in rural central Pierce County. Old buildings with steeped history, our home set on stones with hand-hewn logs as support beams that even today hold the same historic ranch house where I reside. I grew up working cattle, showing beef calves in 4-H and helping develop a good herd of quality stock.

Time moves ahead, buildings change, fences are moved, repaired and built, families before ours came and moved on. Some things do not change, however. The land, now entering 150 years in agricultural use, remains fertile, healthy and vibrant. Historic, native flora and fauna abound. My passion to sustain this marvelous, intimate land have unfolded over a lifetime, first tended and improved by my parents, now my charge to take into the next century.

Becky Weed, the author, with a New Calf, Feb 20, 2010

Becky Weed, the author, with a New Calf, Feb 20, 2010

The pastures are key. Every cattle rancher is first a grower of grass. Retaining and improving productivity of ranch grasslands while preserving habitat for endangered wildlife, birds and flora that share the ranch pastures, oak savannas, and brushy woodlands is paramount. Cattle movement through various pastures offer soil enhancement and forage health under carefully supervised grazing.

The Camas Prairie Ranch embraces these age old ideals of maintaining a healthy vibrant ranchland providing home and feed for equally happy, premium beef cattle. Our new focus to market our cattle close to home, feed the cattle grass forages their entire lives and provide premium local grass fed beef as an end product, not shipping calves for sale at auction any longer, takes our ranching passion another step.

Grass-fed beef even has a light carbon footprint. Truth be told in words from a recent article in Time magazine: “Conventional cattle raising is like mining. It’s unsustainable, because you’re just taking without putting anything back. But when you rotate cattle on grass, you change the equation. You put back more than you take. It works like this: grass is a perennial. Rotate cattle and other ruminants across pastures full of it, and the animals’ grazing will cut the blades — which spurs new growth — while their trampling helps work manure and other decaying organic matter into the soil, turning it into rich humus. The plant’s roots also help maintain soil health by retaining water and microbes. And healthy soil keeps carbon dioxide underground and out of the atmosphere.” Time Magazine Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 How Cows (Grass-Fed Only) Could Save the Planet by Lisa Abend

Harlow Cattle Company’s delicious, healthy, humanely raised grass fed beef marketed straight from the ranch becomes a reality. The Puget Sound Meat Producers Cooperative offered a perfect opportunity to assist in finding like-minded customers. The Harbour Pub and Harlow Cattle Company, brought together by fellow Puget Sound Meat Producer Cooperative member, Tracy Smaciarz, owner and meat cutter at Heritage Meats in Rochester, now embark, with mutually shared passions, to serve the finest, local product available.

Passions meets opportunity! Excitement prevails! Harbour Pub now buys our locally raised beef, prepares and serves the premium product from the calves raised quietly and happily on prairie grasses and the deep, lush bottomland forages of the Camas Prairie Ranch. Our mutual passions unite! Benefits are all yours! The beef from our pampered cattle stays close to the fields where they were born, grew-up, grazed, cavorted and lounged. You enjoy a fine meal with superior nutrition, unique flavor and all naturally grass fed cattle.

The Harlow Cattle Company is operated by one woman, Becky Harlow Weed, once a small girl on this sizable ranch, now a mature woman with a lifelong passion realized and the constant assistance of her husband, Mark, working weekends on the ranch to keep the enterprise operating smoothly. With much delight, I present to you the delicious joys of my deeply passionate cattle raising enterprise. Enjoy!

Sunrise on the Camas Prarie Ranch February 21, 2010

Sunrise on the Camas Prarie Ranch February 21, 2010

15 Responses to “Becky Weed, Harlow Cattle Co. on ‘Passions’”

  1. Tove Says:

    Having visited Becky’s ranch a few years ago with my husband and one of my daughters, I really anjoyed the stay, and I hope very much to taste the meat produced their on our next visit to Seattle area in August this year. Hopefully the Iceland volcanoes will not prevent us from doing so.These volcanoes are, for the moment, a bigger disturbance to us than the Cascades to you. Love from Norway to whoever read this.

  2. Adam Says:

    Nice post about finding your passion and getting to do it for your livelihood. Very inspirational.

  3. Harry Parker Says:

    Like you, I am also a passionate individual. Like for photography perhaps, I really like taking dramatic scenery in particular. Though I’m not really making any money from it, I just love taking photos and I’m contended with it. It’s nice to know that you are both enjoying and earning with your chosen passion. Kudos!

  4. Greg Says:

    I agree with you adam. having passion in what you do is the best. Congrats to all passionate people.

    -Greg
    Hypnosis

  5. Steve Marshall Says:

    I was surfing on Google for something totally unrelated when I ran across this post. So glad I did!

    I grew up on a couple of different ranches and farms, but have gotten away from it all as I grew up. I really miss it sometimes. Then I saw that you’re in Camas! Holy cow (pun intended) I’m just up the road in Vancouver. I’d love to bring my niece out to see your ranch. She’s had no exposure at all to that environment and it would be a great experience for her.

  6. Kristi Says:

    I agree, having passions makes life so much more richer. I have a passion for photography, but never really pursued it the way I have wanted too. You only get one life, so do what you want. Nice pictures, love the sunrise photo.

  7. Valerie H. Taylor Says:

    i love the photos

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