We are thrilled to carry on the tradition of providing the best cuts of meat and freshest seafood around. We have one objective: make our customers happy. We continue this philosophy to this day, adding some of our years of cooking and hospitality to the mix as well. We aim to be your number one resource for the highest quality food and we don't mind sharing our recipes and cooking tips either!
Unmatched quality. Unparalleled flavor.
1855® Black Angus Beef has built its legacy on producing premium beef. Using strict program specifications and partnering with family ranchers who have a passion for raising high-quality Angus cattle, 1855 delivers beef with reliable quality and unwavering consistency. Offered in USDA Prime and Upper 2/3 Choice, 1855 Black Angus Beef provides the flavor, tenderness, and juiciness that discerning chefs and retailers know they can trust.
Black Angus Beef, Sourced from America’s Best Cattle
“Black Angus” refers to cattle with Angus genetics whose hides are predominantly black and are best known for delivering consistent, reliable beef. While Angus is the most common breed of beef cattle in the United States, 1855 beef is sourced solely from Black Angus cattle raised in the grain-rich areas of the Great Plains, a region known for producing the richest Black Angus cattle available. We carefully choose family ranchers who understand the steps required to achieve a memorable eating experience.
Our focus is flavor and the eating experience. We are passionate about helping chefs and home consumers create delicious, memorable meals, using the best tasting meat and poultry in the world -- Joyce Farms Heritage products. In our 50+ years of experience in the food industry and food production, we’ve learned that the path to superior flavor and nutritional quality starts with the genetics of the animals, and how they are raised.
We specialize in unique heritage breed meat and poultry and in pioneering a shift to environmentally friendly regenerative farming practices for meat production.
In addition to the Heritage products that we grow and produce, we also offer a more economical line of mindfully sourced meat, poultry, and game through our Naked line.
In 1872, a young boy from Nolansville, Tennessee, S.W. McClaren (1869-1941), arrived with his parents in Milam County, Texas. “The family settled on the Little River in the Marlow Community where the rich lands of the river bottom appealed to the elder McClaren and his son who followed the long furrow of the years and later held many of its acres in his own name...,” as written in The Cameron Daily Herald on September 16, 1941.
S.W. McClaren became known as “one of the large planters in the bottom lands of the Little River” and a man that “knew his business well,” as reported in The Cameron Daily Herald. However, it was not until 1909 when he first emblazoned his cattle with the “44” brand that the story and tradition of 44 Farms® truly began.
Those early days of 44 Farms were raw and rough, but big things come out of a pioneering spirit. S.W. McClaren was a man of faith; he wasn’t afraid to defy the odds and kept on pioneering. He was a leader in developing new agricultural practices and sharing innovation with others. As said in The Cameron Daily Herald in 1941, “he was a man of exceptional information, an incessant reader and was an inspiration to his fellows when he talked.”
Nine children blessed S.W. McClaren and his wife, Josie. Four sons followed their father in production agriculture and continued his stewardship of the “rich lands of the river bottom.” The fruitfulness of their love and generational pioneering produced children that built a successful dairy operation (son, Hubert Lee), and a forage pioneer that introduced coastal bermuda grass to Central Texas (son, Lawrence). test
Few men have enjoyed a better estimate than he. Friendly, always considerate, he was jovial and his smile was the sure evidence of a sunny heart. The men of Tennessee were strong. They made Texas a great state,
-The Cameron Daily Herald
Today, four generations later, two great-grandchildren of S.W. and Josie McClaren, Robert S. McClaren and Janet McClaren Salazar, are continuing the same pioneering spirit. They are committed to pushing ideas forward, but never pushing values aside. At 44 Farms, our values and pioneer spirit begin with reverence to the majesty of God and never underestimating what He can do through ordinary people.