Southern California-based Michael's Restaurant Group will launch a cattle-raising venture to grow the beef for its newest eatery, a steakhouse called Chianina that's slated to open in December. The Long Beach company has bought five cows that will be raised and bred in Iowa, said chef David Coleman, and the company is figuring out the logistics of moving the meat west. "We stick with sustainable and local as much as possible, but it's harder with a larger animal. At Michael's, with ducks and lambs and pigs it's easy. But [a Chianina cow] is a 500-pound animal."

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