Connie Lamb grew up on the land she now ranches in Datil, New Mexico. Connie’s family has been on the property for about 200 years; they started with raising sheep, but switched to cattle in the 1940s.
Connie left ranch life early on to be a teacher. She later returned to the family land with her two children, Kyle and Jessie, and started High Country Grass Fed Beef in 2016. Connie manages the ranch with assistance from her parents and children. Kyle and Jessie help with the chores and sell at the farmers’ markets; they are the sixth generation to work the ranch.
What They Grow
Connie and her family produce hormone-free, antibiotic-free, grass fed beef. Connie is passionate about her business and bringing her high-quality meat to the people of New Mexico. One of Connie’s goals is to make people more aware that grass fed beef is a healthy addition to their diets. She also feels consumers appreciate knowing where their food comes from and who grows it. And when they buy her beef, they know there are no hormones, no antibiotics, no dyes or fillers, and the animals she raises have a good life. Connie also knows buying locally raised meat means consumers support their local economies.
Connie’s biggest challenge is getting her cattle to USDA certified processing plants. She often has to drive over seven hours to get her meat processed; including navigating the busy city streets of Phoenix with her cattle in tow, or driving up to Colorado.
Another challenge is that – due to the rural nature and culture of her surrounding area – most people near her raise their own beef. This means, Connie has to go father to sell her product to customers are want it.
Where They Sell
Customers can purchase Connie’s beef by direct order, or at the Rail Yards Market in Albuquerque on Sundays and the Cedar Crest Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays. (Visit our market locator to learn more about these NMFMA farmers’ markets). Connie also sells at the Cerrillos Station Farmers’ Market on Thursdays.
Customers can contact High Country Grass Fed Beef by calling 505-681-9937 or emailing Connie.