Why Grassfed Beef

fanny cow Red bull b&w cow pasture pasture jersey bull Beige Cow Our cows are fed grass and grass based hay only.

Because grass is what cows eat naturally.

Grassfed cattle are healthier, cleaner and less stressed.

Cows are ruminants, designed to process grass through their four stomachs. Because grassfed cattle are eating what they are designed to eat, they do not develop health problems. Calves feed on their mother’s milk. When the calf is ready to forage on its own, it is a stronger calf from having had all natural nutrition. This is much more healthful and gives the meat a more natural flavor. It also decreases the overall fat content of the meat, and the fats that do occur are more healthful.

The pastures, fields, woods, creek bed are all open for our cattle to graze, commune, chew their cud. They can wander anywhere on the land and eat the plants they choose. There is space enough for all and then some.

It has been shown that if an animal is stressed, this adversely affects the texture and flavor of the meat produced. Our cattle have very little stress in life; they eat what they like and do not have to fight to get food. We treat all our cattle with respect both in life and for slaughter. The meat produced is much higher quality because of the humane treatment.

Grainfed feedlot cattle live in cramped, dirty conditions. They stand around in a pen, living in their own feces, jockeying to reach the feeder, catching their neighbours’ illnesses.

They are fed grain, which ruminants are unable to process. Basically, feeding a cow a high energy corn or grain diet is much the same as feeding yourself a diet of straight soda-pop, candy and cookies. You can live on it, but you will not be healthy. You will probably get really fat and are likely to die an early death from massive health issues.

Because the cattle cannot process the grain, they produce unhealthy amounts of acid to break the grain down. This condition is known as rumen acidosis. These animals are then given antibiotics to counteract the acidosis. This cycle becomes worse when the animal builds immunity to the first antibiotic and must then be given a higher grade to combat the issues the grain is causing. These antibiotics end up in the meat. So do the antibiotics given to the animals to counteract the diseases developed from living in cramped and dirty quarters.

Fat types: 

Humans need fats. We use them to metabolize our food. Certainly we know that we need to watch how much fat enters our bodies; but there are different types of fat and some of the best fats for us are found in grassfed meats, and in the best proportions.

Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats are two major types of fats that are used in the human body. Both are a type of polyunsaturated fat. They are considered ‘essential’ because the body can not manufacture them. Both types are used in metabolizing. They both compete for existing enzymes in order to be digested and produce hormones. This means that the two types of fats must be eaten in correct proportions. Healthy ratios of Omega 6 to Omega 3 (6:3) are thought to range between 1:1 and 4:1. When the ratio exceeds 4:1, people have more health problems.

Grassfed meat has a ratio of 3:1 while grainfed meat has ratios around 20:1.

Healthy amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for normal growth and may play an important role in the prevention and treatment of:

Grass-fed beef is also loaded with other natural minerals and vitamins, plus it's a great source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) a fat that reduces the risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes, and a number of immune disorders.

For more information:
http://www.mercola.com/beef; www.omega-9oils.com; www.paleoleap.com;

Reference: 

Dr. Glenn Morriss interview.  Retrieved from:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/meat/interviews/morris.html

Mercola.com, Why grass fed animals are better for you.  Retrieved from:
http://www.mercola.com/beef/health_benefits.htm