We use a management technique called Rotational Grazing with our cattle to make sure their grass intake is at its best and most nutritious to give your family top quality beef while still protecting our pastures and the environment. It is a really neat but astoundingly simple system. This is the goal: To mimic the herding and movement patterns of ancient herds of ruminates like the American Bison.
Regenerative farming doesn't get any better, folks! This method has been scientifically proven as the absolute best soil rebuilding and carbon sequestering method the world over.
You have probably seen pictures of dirty, Grain-fed Beef feedlots. Almost instinctively we choose beef raised on clean fresh pasture.
Just one glance at the comparison is enough. I know without a shadow of a doubt which system I'm going to support to help improve the environment.
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But I have a confession to make.
As 5th generation on the farm, I like basically grew up eating Grass-fed Beef. But until recently, I never actually took the time to do the research and discover for myself the amazing benefits of Grass-fed & Grass-finished Beef over Grain-fed.
The difference is quite impressive.
Before we jump into the details, I want you to know Grass-fed Beef is NOT all equal!
Since "grass-fed" is not a USDA-regulated term, anybody can market their beef as grass-fed. Almost all beef in the USA have been raised on grass for several months of their lives and so... Yippie! We have grass-fed beef for everyone! Walmart is even selling it...
Truly Grass-fed Beef is also Grass-finished. This is what makes it so special.
If you don't know whether your "grass-fed" beef is also grass-finished, then you better find out. Now.
Often beef labeled as grass-fed has been feed a corn or soy based diet for the last 3-5 months of it's life.
Here at The Family Cow our beef cattle are truly pastured, grass-fed and grass-finished.
Did you ever wonder how farmers grass-fed cattle in the winter time? See this photo story my dad, Edwin, put together to show you exactly how it all works. Note: the photo story is about dairy cows, but the process of storing hay is the same for the beef cattle.
This is what impressed me the most. I knew our truly grass-fed beef was packed with nutrition and much better than supermarket industrialized feedlot beef... but this amazing!?
Grass-fed beef has up to 6 times more omega-3 fatty acids – wow!
Omega-3s are one of the best kinds of fat you can give your body. People who eat a diet rich in omega-3s have much better heart health and overall brain function is enhanced. Studies show that lots of these good guys can help protect you from depression, schizophrenia, ADD and Alzheimer's disease.
Grass-fed beef is leaner than grain-fed beef and the difference shows up in the calories. “If you eat a typical amount of beef per year, which in the United States is about 67 pounds, switching to grass-fed beef will save you 16,642 calories a year,” says EatWild.com founder Jo Robinson.