PHOTO STORY: A morning with our Grass-fed Beef Cattle
April 18, 2023
Friday morning dawned crisp and clear.
Early rays of sunlight began to brighten the sky while fog drifted lazily in the valleys. Grass dripped with dew, birds sang in the trees, and cattle grazed peacefully around me.
It was a beautiful spring morning to be alive on the farm!
I wish you could've been there with me to experience this morning in the beef pasture... But since that wasn't possible, I'll do my best to tell the story with photos.
Breathe deeply, relax, and imagine yourself out in the field at dawn.
The grass is heavy with dew and your boots are soaked by the time you've taken 20 steps. You crest a hill and the first beef cattle come into view.
The sleeping cows are blanketed by a thin mist of fog. All is peaceful and quiet except for a few birds chirping in the woods.
But soon the cows awake from slumber and a new day has begun.
It's breakfast time on the farm!
The herd is grazing in earnest by the time sunlight hits the treetops.
And soon sunshine is streaming across the pasture... Grass blades sparkle with dew as sunlight falls upon them.
This is the day's golden hour in full glory!
A curious calf stares at the human in his pasture territory...
The older beef cattle are curious too... and much braver. They circle around behind, come up near, and nudge your arm.
By now it is broad daylight...
The cattle spread out across the pasture and leisurely eat their fill of lush spring grasses.
It's another day on the farm for our truly Grass-fed Beef...
As always, they fill an important role to help us build soil health on Rodrick & Jeanette's Amen Acres Farm.
We move our beef cattle to a new section of pasture every day or two in a process called Rotational Grazing. This allows the grass to grow back rich and lush after the cattle move through and fertilize it with their manure.
All that lush pasture grass is pulling carbon from the air and transferring it to the soil. Rotational Grazing speeds up the growth of grass, which in turn, pulls even more carbon into the soil! :)
Studies show truly grass-fed beef cattle can actually sequester more atmospheric carbon back into the soil than they emit in their lifetime!
It's a beautiful cycle that God designed for optimal animal health, improved soil health, and cleaner atmospheric health.
With your support, we are turning run-down farm land into a thriving example of regenerative agriculture.
At the same time, this process brings you 100% grass-fed beef with 4 times more omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef.
Grass-fed beef also has a much better omega-6 : omega-3 ratio of 3:1 instead of the extremely high 15:1 ratio often found in grain-fed beef!
These omega-3s have been shown to improve heart health and enhance brain function. Omega-3s can also help protect you from depression, schizophrenia, ADD and Alzheimer's disease.
It's a sad statistic that shows 70-90% of Americans are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids.
But this is just the beginning.
Truly grass-fed beef also has 3 times the amount of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) compared to grain-fed beef.
CLAs are one of the best nutritional defenses against cancer. On average, Americans have less than half the optimal level of CLAs in their diet. Truly grass-fed beef can help reduce carcinogenesis, atherosclerosis, and the onset of diabetes.
Our daily food choices have long lasting consequences for better or for worse. It's up to us which one it will be.
Thank-you for choosing to support our regenerative farm.
In return, we count it a privilege to provide you with clean, nutrient-dense foods your family can eat with confidence.
Blessings on your day...
~5th generation on the farm
God Designed it. We Respect it. That Explains it!
P.S. If you enjoy 100% Grass-fed Beef... watch your emails for a long-awaited announcement next Tuesday.