We keep a small herd of Angus and Hereford cattle that is growing and pastured with our sheep. We raised our first bottle baby on the neighboring farmís goat milk this past fall.
This effort was really started for our family initially and we are now just starting to sell to the public. The cows get the same ethical treatment as our sheep and we age them 21 days after processing to produce the most tender cuts of beef.
Why Grass-fed, Grass-finished Beef Can Provide High Nutritional Benefits to You and Your Family
Our beef is hormone, pesticide and antibiotic free. These cattle spend their entire life on quality forage, in the pasture, no grain, no feedlot - Ever! If you believe we are what we eat, and that what we eat is what it eats, here is some information to consider:
Jo Robinson, a New York Times best-selling writer makes a compelling case for us to return to our 'original diets' - that of grass-fed rather than grain-fed meats and dairy products from ruminants (that's a cow, sheep, goat, plus wild game such as deer). You can read more about grass-fed products at Jo Robinson's http://eatwild.com, but we have summarized some of these benefits as we understand them today.
- Grass-fed beef is lower than feedlot beef in total fat and calories.
- Grass-fed beef contains extra amounts of vitamin E and beta-carotene.
Omega-6 fatty acids - You don't want to overload on them!
Animals fattened on grain appear to have a higher count of Omega 6 fatty acids. You eat the beef from the feed lots your intake of Omega 6 acids increases. Research evidence is now suggesting that high levels of omega-6s can make cancer cells grow faster and more invasively. You want a balance of omega-6 and omega-3
Stearic acid is good!
The most abundant fat in beef is stearic acid. While it is a saturated fat, it does not raise your bad cholesterol.
Omega-3 fatty acid
This is probably the best of all the fatty acids - its found in the meat and dairy products of ruminants. They are linked with a lower risk of nearly all the so called 'diseases of civilization'. Since omega-3s originate in the green leaves of plants and algae, grass-fed and grass-finished beef as well as fish are high in omega-3s.
CLA (conjugated linoleic aid) is good, too!
CLA's can also be found in grass-fed, grass-finished beef. This may be an excellent weapon against cancer. Unfortunately feedlot beef is very low in CLAs. We have not reached the levels of CLA's we want yet here at the farm, but they continue to improve as our soil biology improves.
We don't want to try to prove to you that fresh produce from the farm is better for you. We don't have the scientific background to do that. We do know that a lot of research suggests organically grown produce/meat has more nutrition value for you. You need to decide the merits for yourself. HOWEVER, if you are looking for fresh beef, homegrown, tended with care, you just found someone who would like to meet you!