Hunter Cattle is a family farm based out of Savannah, Georgia. Their mission is to produce quality meat that is nutritious and sustainably raised—for both people and animals. They currently have three dog products on the market: pork, beef, and cubed green tripe. Their cattle are grass-fed and grass-finished, which means from birth to death they are grazed in pastures, not fed corn. Their pigs are pasture-raised and lead the same lifestyle as the cows. None of their animals are given antibiotics, hormones, or steroids.
I tried Hunter Cattle with my dog for a few weeks. He and I both loved it (for very different reasons!), but there are a few things anyone who would like to try it should consider—which I have listed out below.
The pork and beef come in 4.5lb sleeves, with three separate 1.5lb packages inside. This makes it easy to take out one package to thaw, and then keep the rest in your freezer. The pork does not leak, which is nice, but the beef does bleed a little, even when the package is still sealed. So, I would recommend thawing it in a big Tupperware container or your sink. The perforated edges make it easy to rip open, but while it’s still cold or frozen, you may need scissors or a knife to help you. It’s also very easy to cut through with a serrated knife if you’re lazy like me and just cut the package itself into portions before removing the plastic. That way, you don’t have to touch it at all!
Pork: pork, pork heart, pork tongue, pork liver, pork kidney, pork bone
Beef: beef, beef green tripe, beef heart, beef tongue, beef liver, beef kidney, beef bone
While this is meant to be a quick and easy meal, it takes about as long as most raw food to thaw: which is to say, overnight. So, don’t forget to put it out, or your pooch won’t have breakfast the next day!
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If you do forget to put it out, try keeping some Tucker’s Carnibars on hand! They’re an easy dehydrated meal for the forgetful fur-parents who still want to feed raw!
Hunter Cattle is a complete diet, which means you don’t need to add any supplements or other meats to it for your dog to have a balanced meal. So, when you scoop it out of the packaging, you are good to go! The pork is very boney, and a little difficult to cut up once in the bowl, but adding some warm water helps! The beef is very easy to slice, but does bleed quite a bit, so make sure you thaw it in your sink or in some sort of container!
To feed your dog, you have to do a bit of math because the appropriate amount is 2% of their bodyweight, and there is no feeding chart on the back of the package. So, if you have a 50lb dog, you would feed them 1lb per day. The easiest way to do this is to cut the package into thirds.
To make the calculations a little easier, I have provided a feeding chart below!
This food is perfect if you have smaller dogs because you won’t feed as much. But seeing as Hunter Cattle’s feeding model is 2% of your dog’s bodyweight, owners of bigger dogs may have some problems. My dog weighs 50lbs, and all 4.5lbs of Hunter Cattle lasts him only about four days!
Overall Score: 10/10
This is an excellent food for beginner raw-feeders because it’s so easy to feed! You don’t have to worry about following a nutrition chart since it’s all been done for you. The packaging is very convenient, and the food itself leaves little to be desired. I highly recommend it!