Eat Grass Fed Beef for All the Right Reasons!

“The old way, the artisan way, of raising and handling cattle and the processing of beef is now the new way – better for the animals and better for your table.” Croby Kummer, The Atlantic Monthly, May 2003

Why Grass Fed Beef

Health Benefits of Eating Grass Fed Beef

 

  • Grass fed beef is naturally leaner, less saturated fat and 100 fewer calories in 6 ounces
  • Grass fed beef has as 2:1 ratio of omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids (grain fed beef has a 20:1 ratio.
  • Grass fed beef has a polyunsaturated/saturated fatty acid ratio similar to wild game.
  • Grass fed beef is 3 to 5 times higher in conjugated linoleic acid
  • Grass fed beef is 4 times higher in Vitamin A and Vitamin E
  • Grass fed beef has more beta carotene
  • Grass fed beef carries minimal risk of E.coli contamination

Remember, you are what you eat, and that means; what you eat, is what it eats. The only food stuff man cannot eat is grass. Cattle convert grass into food for man to eat, taking advantage grasses food value.

Health Benefits of Grass Fed Cattle

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Pastured beef cattle are healthier; cattle are meant to eat grass forages, not grain or corn. Grass feeding obviates the antibiotics that feedlots are forced to administer to prevent illness.

Environmental Benefits of Grass Fed Beef

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Grass fed beef ranchers are “grass growers first” – the cattle do all the rest.

“Conventional (feedlot with grain feed) is like mining.  It’s unsustainable, because you’re just taking without putting anything back.  But when you rotate cattle on grass, you change the equation.  You put back more than you take. Grass is perennial.  Rotate cattle and other ruminants across pastures full of grass and the animals grazing will cut the blades – which spurs new growth – while they are trampling helps work manure and other decaying organic matter into the soil, turning them into rich humus.  Plant roots help maintain soil health by retaining water and microbes.  Healthy soil keeps carbon dioxide underground and out of the atmosphere.”  Time, January 25, 2010

On grass cattle become not just carbon neutral but carbon negative.  Good for the environment.

Grass Fed Beef Ranches Provide Habit for Wildlife and Native Plants

The Camas Prairie Ranch open spaces also provide refuge, habitat and sustenance to countless species of native birds, animals and native plants.

Grass Fed Beef Tastes Better

“The way a steak tastes has a lot to do with what cattle eat – and the best beef is raised exclusively on grass.” Wall Street Journal, May 8, 2010

“A steak can be ruined in many ways… a grass fed steak only tastes good when the steer it comes from is grass fat.”  Wall Street Journal, May 8, 2010

IMG_0057Harlow Cattle Company™ cattle only go to market when well grass fattened. Grass fat cattle take longer to get to market weight; enhancing the meat’s flavor.

“…eating a grass fed burger when you can picture the green pastures in which the animal grazed is a pleasure of another order, not a simple one, to be sure, but one based on knowledge rather than ignorance and gratitude rather than indifference.” Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food.

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