Born and Brewed in Oregon
We are proud of our “Born & Brewed” team of specialists who support and operate Oregon Natural Meats, since they represent the heart of the Locavore concept.
|Stephen Neel, Ph.D.
Managing Partner & CEO
|Mark Meyer||Cell: 541-520-4591
The Neel Family
Stephen was born and raised in Eugene, graduating from South Eugene High School and Oregon State University. Nicknamed “Dr. Meat”, he holds a doctorate degree in Meat Science and Muscle Biology and has worked in the meat industry for over 25 years, including production, training, research, quality control, food safety, marketing and promotions. In addition to his focus on meat production, Stephen is a local cattle rancher in the Willamette valley, raising Black Angus crossbred cattle. Lisa, Stephen’s wife of 22 years, is the daughter of an Idaho farmer. She is responsible for holding the family together, and manages the books and finances for Oregon Natural Meats. Stephen & Lisa’s two sons, Jake and Zac, manage the family cattle herd. Jake recently graduated with honors from South Eugene High School, and is a full-time student at the University of Oregon; while Zac is a sophomore at South Eugene High.
Stephen is the managing partner of Oregon Natural Meats, with primary responsibility for coordinating the processing, marketing and business operations of the company. Stephen can be reached atsneel@NaturalBrewBeef.com or 541-913-6508.
The Meyer Family
Mark is an Oregon native, growing up in Medford. He is best classified as a new-generation cattleman with an “old school” work ethic. Mark graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Animal Science Beef Production with a minor in Rangeland Resources. While at OSU, he managed Soap Creek Ranch, OSU’s cattle ranch. After college, Mark spent time in Eastern Oregon working on ranches before relocating to Pleasant Hill in 1997. He went to work managing a registered Red Angus herd and founded Meyer Livestock Company in 2000. Meyer Livestock Company has now grown to include a cow/calf operation, yearling cattle, and cattle services for other ranches. Mark was selected as recipient of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association “Oregon’s Young Cattlemen” in 2006, allowing Mark to travel with a distinguished group of young cattlemen on a national tour.
Mark and Lindsey have 4 boys and 1 girl; Trevor, Austin, Coby, Ty and Allicia. They are extremely proud that they can raise their kids on a modern day working ranch.
Mark’s duties with Oregon Natural Meats include locating and selection of suitable cattle using his trained eye and industry contacts, and then properly raising the cattle for the high-end ONM program.