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Our Story

OUR STORY IS BEST DEFINED BY OUR MISSION:
TO CREATE THE MOST CONSISTENT, HIGH-QUALITY ANGUS BEEF POSSIBLE; ONE WE CAN TRACE BACK TO THE RANCH AND THE BULL THAT PRODUCED IT.


The Linz Heritage Angus mission was born from truly understanding the future of the meat industry and the quality it demands. In 1963, Martin Linz opened a small neighborhood butcher shop in the Chicagoland area, the center of the American meat industry. Fast forward to today and that neighborhood butcher shop has grown into one of the premier meat purveyors in the United States, Meats by Linz. Found on the menus of some of the top chefs in the country and around the world, Meats by Linz has taught the Linz family that consistency and quality would always be the most important factors in the industry.

To be able to produce the most consistent and high-quality meats possible, the Linz family took control of their supply. With the purchase of our first bull, American Made, the Linz Heritage Angus program became a reality in early 2012 to do just that. Linz Heritage Angus continues to build a legacy of superior genetics to consistently produce the most marbled Angus in the world. We accomplish that by prioritizing phenotype, the physical traits, and then focusing on the genotype, the genetic makeup, of our cattle. We want to be proud of the animals we see in the pasture, not just the Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) we see on paper.


The Beginning

A family business


The small, neighborhood butcher shop started as a family business, and Martin Linz was known for his personal touch – a focus the business continues today. The foundation of that small butcher shop was built on the values of consistency, quality, and integrity. That foundation has allowed Meats by Linz and Linz Heritage Angus to grow into what they are today.

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Where we are now

Still a family business


Even as Meats by Linz and Linz Heritage Angus have expanded, we continue to focus on staying a family business. The relentless pursuit of perfection and striving for the next level of quality and service have continued for the Linz family as the years have gone by and have become a cornerstone of the Linz Heritage Angus seedstock business. Our roots in the restaurant industry are as strong as ever and the demand for Linz beef continues to grow. We remain humble and we remain committed to our values of consistency, quality, and integrity.

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Our Ranch

Blue Branch Ranch


Our new ranch operations are located in Byars, Oklahoma. With over 5,000 acres of thoughtfully designed lands, we hold up to 800 mama cows and their calves. Linz Heritage Angus at Blue Branch Ranch propels our program to the next level. Our new ranch allows us to continuously advance in providing a herd of Black Angus sire and donors that rank the best in the world to support our partners.
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Our Feedlot

RF (Timpas) Feedlot


Linz Heritage Angus recently partnered with our Cattle Procurement Manager, Anthony Randall, to purchase the RF Feedlot in Rocky Ford, Colorado. Our RF Feedlot boasts a 10,000-head capacity, including pasture setting to develop additional cattle. The purchase of the Southeast Colorado feedlot will allow the cattle program to collect accurate data and continue to help our program improve its genomics on the registered Angus side. Our feedlot aids Linz Heritage Angus in tracking our calf’s progress - daily gain, consumption, and scanning data of each carcass.

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Contact Us


Corporate Office
414 State St.
Calumet City, IL 60409

Blue Branch Ranch
10370 Blue Branch Ranch
Byars, Ok 74831-7948

RF (Timpas) Feedlot
23507 US-50
Rocky Ford, CO 81067

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 59
Calumet City, IL 60409


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