The mission of the 1017 Cattle Project is to provide a sustainable supply of high protein beef to local food banks and other entities serving food insecure families, while uniting the culture of each local community we serve.
THE 1017 STORY:
The 1017 Cattle Project was formed in Powell Butte, Oregon on March 23, 2014 beginning with 9 mature cows to provide a sustainable supply of beef to local communities, while strengthening and supporting the rural culture and spirit. Ranch and rodeo communities utilize cattle for various activity-based programs nationwide. Cattle are typically purchased on an annual basis or leased from independent contractors. The 1017 Project's desire is to fill this need, and expand upon it, by locking arms with the community in raising, breeding, training and donating the end product of high quality protein to food insecure people in the community. This concept was originally developed by the Shiloh Ranch Church and is based on 1 Corinthians 10:17 “Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.”
As of January 1, 2018, there were over 100 herd cows in production with a growing herd of 360 head. To date, the program has distributed more than 33,000 pounds of meat to hungry families and individuals in need. The 1017 Project has the added dimension of providing a year-round training outlet for the thriving cowboy culture that surrounds the cattle property by allowing use of the cattle for popular arena roping activities such as jackpot roping events, youth rodeo camps and weekly roping practices that are open to the public, thereby reaching members of the local community as they take advantage of the facilities and livestock to hone their ranching and competitive skills. In other words, this community outreach to a wide array of rural and urban citizens is as easy as feeding a cow.
The 1017 Project breeds Corriente cattle, which are considered “easy keepers” because of natural attributes like high fertility, early maturity, trouble-free calving, and foraging efficiency, as well as disease and parasite resistance. Studies have shown that Corriente grazing habits are beneficial for rangelands and this breed eats significantly less than traditional beef cattle, requires less water and thrives on sparse, open-range landscapes; all while producing a leaner-than-average beef product.
Ownership of mother cows has allowed production of “1017 calves,” annually, with no ongoing purchase costs. On average, a 1017 cow yields 450 pounds of hamburger. Since 1 pound of hamburger translates into approximately 4 meals, this means that one cow provides over 1,800 meals to a community. An unusual value-added benefit of the 1017 model is that even the most premium cuts of beef from each cow are combined into every convenient package of hamburger given to recipient families.
The 1017 cattle essentially have three careers whereby they “earn their keep” by being leased-out for sporting events. They, then, train the volunteer community to employ good stewardship practices and actively participate in the food insecurity solution and, finally, the cows are either bred or butchered to supply food banks and other charitable organizations with high-protein donation options for food insecure families countywide.
THE 1017 PROJECT IS A PEOPLE PROJECT:
The 1017 Project brings members of the community together to make a tangible difference in the lives of the givers and the receivers. The potential for replication of The 1017 Project in other locations means The 1017 Project can grow beyond its current borders and resources to lock arms with other communities.
The 1017 herd sustains year-round training and competitive opportunities for the cowboy culture. The Project also locks arms with the local rural community by accepting tax-deductible cattle, hay and land donations. Hands-on volunteer hours and financial support play an integral role in sustaining The 1017 Project’s cooperative atmosphere between rural and suburban businesses and volunteers.
Volunteers make the project work. The 1017 Project creates unique opportunities for men, women and children to volunteer their time in a way that is fun and meaningful.
Feeding Hungry Communities
The 1017 Project is a “barrier-free” program that gets protein into the hands of food insecure people, regardless of whether or not they qualify for other assistance. Any agency that serves hungry people can distribute 1017 beef.
WHERE’S THE BEEF?
The following agencies receive beef from The 1017 Project and are serving food-insecure families all over Oregon and beyond:
Crook County School District After School Meal Program
Eastern Oregon Youth Camps
Madras Community Food Pantry
Prineville Senior Center
Redmond Community Church
Redmond Senior Center
St. Vincent dePaul - Bend Food Bank
St. Vincent dePaul – LaPine Food Bank
St. Vincent dePaul - Redmond Food Bank
St. Vincent dePaul - Prineville Food bank
Contact us if you know of a place that needs our beef, or would like to donate your time or resources!
The 1017 Project
PO Box 19
Powell Butte, OR 97753