Long stemmed forage is the natural diet for cattle. There are two places a cow can get this forage, pasture or hay. Our cattle are raised on pasture and are free to roam around with their herd. The cows are rotated between pastures periodically to ensure that they always have fresh grass and that the pastures are not over-grazed.
- The meat is naturally leaner, and may have up to 50% less fat than feedlot beef. Switching from feedlot to grassfed beef could save the average person up to 17,000 calories per year
- Meat from pastured cattle is up to four times higher in Vitamin E than meat from feedlot cattle
- Beef raised primarily on pasture will have three to five times more CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) than beef fed primarily grain (as they are on a feedlot)
- Significantly reduce your risk of E. coli: Beef raised on a diet of all or primarily grain have dramatically higher risks of E. coli contamination
- Increase your Omega-3 fatty acid intake: Pastured beef has two to four times more Omega-3 than feedlot/grocery store beef
- Eat beef with a more balanced ratio of Omega-3 fats to Omega-6 fats
Why are their so many benefits to natural beef?
Cattle are ruminants and are designed to eat a vegetarian diet based around high fiber, low protein forage. Grain is the opposite of their ideal diet as it is high in protein and low in fiber compared to grass. Grain based diets cause the digestive tract to become abnormally acidic. This acidic environment allows E. coli to multiply.
The natural diet of cattle is green grass that is naturally high in Omega-3 fats because it is formed in their green leaves, as well as Vitamin E. When cattle are placed on a high grain diet they lose their source of Omega-3’s and thus their ability to store Omega-3’s. They also lose their source of Vitamin E. Omega-3 fat or “fatty acid” is one of the “good fats” that is essential for normal growth and development and plays a role in the prevention of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis, to name a few. An important fact is that Omega-3 fats MUST come from your diet because your body cannot make them.
Meat from grassfed ruminants is also one of the best known sources of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), and may contain up to five times the amount of CLA as meat from primarily grain-fed cattle. CLA is proving to be one of the best defenses in preventing cancer. Research is showing that CLA is effective as an anticarcinogenic at a much lower dose than many other naturally occurring anticarcinogens.
How can you afford not to change your meat source?