Benefits of Grass Fed and Grass Finished Beef
In addition to being free of antibiotics and growth hormones, our grass fed and grass finished beef offers a health-promoting nutrient profile. Grass fed/grass finished beef is lower in fat than conventionally raised beef, and a higher percentage of the fat it does contain is omega-3 fatty acids, which are lacking from the diets of many Americans.
Grassfed/finished beef is also higher in zinc, vitamin B12, antioxidants such as carotenoids, CLA, and an array of other nutrients.
When cattle are fed grain — and even worse, genetically modified (GMO) grain — which is not their natural diet, their digestive systems acidify, leading to declining health. In order to prepare them for slaughter, they must be fed antibiotics and other medications to keep them alive. Many cows in the conventional food system never eat grass a day in their lives!
Because our cattle are only fed grass, which is their natural diet, they are vibrant, healthy, and far less prone to disease and infection than cattle raised on grain. As a result, we do not have to use any growth hormones or antibiotics in the production of our beef. Our cattle live happily in the herd with plenty of space, sunshine, and fresh air.
A Healthier Planet
Our rotational grazing practices help improve soil quality without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Many of these products have been found to have negative impacts on the environment.
Though many Americans have become used to the flavor of grain-fed beef sold in grocery stores, grain-fed beef is typically more "bland" than grass fed beef. Some describe grass fed beef as being "beefier" than conventional beef. It requires less seasoning, though its lower fat content does make it easier to overcook.
The more complex flavor of grass fed beef is both due to the diet of the animal and the increased mobility that grass fed cattle enjoy throughout their lifetime. The muscle tissue is more developed because the cattle spend their whole lives roaming and grazing, rather than standing in one place.
Why is grass finishing so important?
Some producers advertise their beef as grass fed, but while the cattle spend most of their lives on grass, they are fed grain in the final months before processing. Unfortunately, finishing the cattle with grain changes the nutrient and fatty acid profiles of the beef, negating the positive benefits that come from feeding the cattle grass early on. In order to get the full benefits of grass fed beef, the beef must also be grass finished.