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Marbling is the threads of fat within the lean meat that give beef its flavor, juiciness and tenderness. The amount of marbling, as well as the fineness and distribution, reflect the expected quality of the eating experience across a variety of cooking methods.
Beef that carries a high degree of well-distributed marbling retains moisture during cooking and can be cooked with a higher heat to a rare doneness while maintaining excellent tenderness, flavor and juiciness.
While several factors work together to deliver well-marbled beef, there are 3 very important factors that strongly influence both the quality and quantity of intermuscular fat.
The best ranchers and feeders understand the impact that cattle selection and management style have on the quality of beef they raise. These craftsmen apply decades of experience in selecting the best cattle and providing the animal care and environment that ensure they consistently deliver the best quality and marbled beef.
Genetic factors strongly influence both the quantity of marbling, as well as its overall distribution and fineness. The Angus breed is well known for the quality and high degree of marbling expressed in its beef cuts.
All cattle are grass fed but research shows that grain-finished cattle produce more marbling. Additionally, finishing cattle on consistent, high-energy feed produces an eating experience that is often defined as slightly sweeter as well as juicier.
USDA Choice grade defines beef with a marbling score of Small 00, just above Select and continues through the transition to Prime at Moderate 100.
At HyPlains Heritage Farms™, we recognized that our customers require a program with a tighter range of consistent marbling. This range delivers the full flavor and tenderness that ensures a premier eating experience every time.
HyPlains Choice (Top 1/3)Marbling Score: Moderate 00 and > Our HyPlains Heritage Farms Premier Choice Angus Beef is different than the standard offering of Choice beef. We redefine the Choice category by choosing only the top 1/3 that borders the Prime eating experience.
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