Morris Grassfed Beef is the product of a rich California ranching tradition of caring for land and animals. With roots that reach back to a San Francisco meat business in the 1850s and to California’s Rancho Santa Margarita (now known as Camp Pendleton), T.O. Cattle Company is one of the state’s oldest cattle and beef companies. Joe Morris’ great-great grandfather, Richard O'Neill, owned a butcher shop in San Francisco's financial district during the Gold Rush. In 1881, when he formed a partnership with James Flood to buy the Santa Margarita, T.O. Cattle Company was formed. In 1927, Joe’s grandfather, J.J. Baumgartner, moved to San Juan Bautista in San Benito County where he continued his family’s ranching tradition with his wife Elinor. In 1991, Julie and Joe Morris moved to the ranch in San Juan Bautista and started direct marketing Morris Grassfed Beef to family and friends.