Member Market Services

Livestock Transportation to Mainland Ports

Most HCPCA members represent cow-calf operations where calves are shipped to mainland feed lots for grow out and processing. HCPCA arranges for the shipment of calves to the mainland via Coop owned cowtainers, tended by Coop stockers during the ocean voyage. Each year, HCPCA arranges for the transport of approximately 12,000 member owned cattle annually, providing economies of scale and efficiency for its members.

Mainland Pasture Administration

The co-op arranges through its Pasture Agreement for pasture and feed yard management on the West Coast.  Presently assignment of cattle management is with Wilson Cattle Company who manages co-op cattle in California and the Northwest.   Fall Shipments go to Spring pasture in California and Spring Shipments go to Spring and Summer pasture in the Northwest.

Cattle Purchase

In order to utilize its equipment during slow times, the co-op will at times purchase member cattle.  The price offered is based on current pricing in the State.  Profits are shared with the member on a % basis

Market Options

Hawaii Ranchers Branded / Country Natural Beef

HCPCA members participate in this program in which members’ cattle, born and raised in Hawaii, are shipped to the mainland. The cattle are pasture and feed lot raised without hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified grains or animal by-product feeds. Strict standards are adhered to in this program and members own the beef throughout the production chain and until it reaches the consumer. HCPCA supplies about 10,000 head to CNB each year, about 25% of all cattle in CNB.

Hawaiian Ground Beef
In 2010 HCPCA launched its 100 percent local, naturally raised, and pasture raised ground beef at all Times Supermarkets.  Hawaii Ranchers ground beef is from grass fed beef cattle raised on open pasture without hormones and antibiotics.  “It’s a natural product, tasty and 100% local.”

“We recognize that there is desire for local grass fed beef among Hawaii consumers,” said Robby Hind, HCPCA rancher and owner of Daleico Ranch in Kau, Hawaii.  “We hope to have more locally raised beef products in the market in the near future.”