It’s Good for the Animals
The animals are free to roam around and graze. Their living conditions support their natural and inherent behaviours.
They get their daily dose of sunshine, exercise and eat a diet their stomachs were made for digesting. With being healthy and happy they do not require antibiotics that feedlot beef often need.
It’s Good for the Environment
You may be surprised to hear that grassfed beef is good for the environment. With all the bad press cows have received lately, one is lead to believe that all cows have a negative environmental impact. However, the information given is based on feedlot beef and does not equate to grassfed beef.
Pasture based farming requires less fossil fuel usage as the animals do their own harvesting and manure spreading during the growing season. Grass based systems restore soil microbial diversity, and makes the land more resilient to flooding and drought. And because grasses trap atmospheric carbon dioxide, the grass-fed system can also help fight climate change.
It’s Good for You and Me
Beef is rich in protein. But grass fed beef has more compared to conventionally raised beef. Protein is needed by the body for growth, development and repair.
It also has high amounts of vitamin B12, zinc and selenium. Grass fed beef, in particular, has higher conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in natural form, vitamin E, DHA and other omega-3 fatty acids.
The omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is also lower. This means lower chronic inflammation which can lead to certain conditions and diseases.
How We Raise Our Cattle
During the growing season (May–Nov.) the cattle are rotationally grazed on pasture. This means that the cattle are given a block of pasture (a few acres) that they graze on, once that is grazed off (every few days) they are moved ahead onto the next piece of pasture. This constant moving onto new pasture helps eliminate parasites (they do not eat again where they have manured) and helps to make more efficient use of the pasture ground.
In the winter (Dec.–Apr.) the cattle are loose housed in open, well ventilated, natural lit barns, where they are protected from the elements. During this time they are fed dry hay and haylage (fermented grass).
Our herd is predominantly Lincoln Red, an old English breed that finishes well on grass only and is very gentle and docile.
Grassfed Beef FAQ's
Is there a difference between "grassfed beef", "100% grassfed beef" and "grassfed and finished beef"?
Grass fed beef refers to cattle that are raised on grass or other perennial greens. Most cattle, even those fed in feed lots, often have a portion of their diet as grass. It has become popular to now refer to these as grass fed.
Meat that is labeled 100% grass fed beef comes from cattle who have received only grass in some form throughout their lifetime. No grain, grain products, or other feed sources can be offered. During the growing season, they have constant access to pasture.
In modern industrial farming practice, during the finishing process animals are fed an energy-dense diet so that they will grow rapidly and add muscle/meat to their frame and optimize fat cover in preparation for slaughter. 100% grass fed and finished beef, does not resort to grain, grain products, or other feed sources, but sticks to grass or other perennial greens that cattle would naturally eat.
Is your grassfed beef organic?
Our grassfed beef would meet organic standards but as we no longer are certified, we cannot label it as organic due to government regulations. Our cattle, nor their food, have been exposed to herbicides, pesticides, other chemicals, hormones, or antibiotics.