Why Grass Fed Beef?


Why Grass Fed is Better

Grass fed beef has unique flavors and qualities. It was not so long ago that all cattle in the United States, were fed, strictly grass. In the 1950s, in an attempt to decrease the uncertainties of farming, it became popular to feed cattle, grain. Pasture This resulted in large feedlots with overcrowded conditions and an increase in sick animals. The uncertainty of good weather and great pasture, was no longer a problem. However due to the increase in illness from overcrowding and diet change, the use of antibiotics and vaccinations became routine. Growth hormones are commonly used to speed up the growth of the animals. Herbicides and pesticides are also commonly ingested via the grain. Crazy as this may sound, feedlot cattle are commonly fed “by-product feedstuffs”. This money saving tactic includes candy, bakery wastes, potato waste, starch, and pasta. Pretty bad diet for an animal that was meant to eat grass alone! Lets look at additional reasons why grass fed beef is better than grain fed beef:

Vitamin A is best known as support for good vision. In addition, it is important for bone growth, proper cell division, reproduction, and regulating the immune system by supporting white blood cell production and function.

Thiamin is important in energy production, healthy nerve and muscle function, and a healthy heart.  Riboflavin protects cells and energy production.

Calcium, as you know, helps with bone growth but it also supports nerves, muscles and proper blood clotting. Magnesium helps to quiet nerves and muscles. It works with calcium to build strong bones and assists blood flow. Potassium works along side calcium and magnesium for acid base balance. It is also important in electrolyte balance and blood pressure control.

Vitamin E is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, cancer, and its anti-aging properties.

Studies show that Omega-3 fats are heart-friendly, protect the brain, and may reduce your risk of cancer.

Another “good fat”, CLA provides strong protection from cancer.

Omega-6 fats play a role in good health, however the high amounts of Omega-6 that Americans eat increases the rate of obesity, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, and cancer.

“A 6-ounce steak from a grass finished steer can have 100 fewer calories than a 6-ounce steak from a grain-fed steer”(Eat Wild).

It is estimated that almost half of the meat and poultry sold in the U.S. is contaminated by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus. It is not commonly tested for. The factory farms are an environment where low dose antibiotics, regularly fed to animals, create drug-resistant bacteria which move from animal to human.

If an animal should become ill they would be separated from the other cattle.  To date all of our animals have been healthy.

The animals have plenty of sunshine, fresh water, and free range in beautiful pastures and woods.

It has a clean flavor, lightly marbled, and juicy.


Environmentally responsible and sustainable

Bibliography
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"Why Eat Grass-Fed Beef?" Grass-Fed Beef. Mountain Lane Farm, n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2013.