What is Grass-Fed Beef?
Grass-fed beef is the beef from cattle which live the
entire summer on pasture, free to roam and graze as they please.
During the winter, they eat only hay. They are given no antibiotics,
and no hormones or additives are used to promote extra growth.
For these reasons, beef from these animals is healthy, wholesome
and natural in every sense of the word. Why feed only grass?
Over eons, cattle have evolved eating a high-fibre,
forage-based diet. Cattle in feedlots are fed corn and grain because
this is the most economical and fastest way to add weight. However,
growing corn or grain for cattle can be harder on the environment,
and produces beef with a higher level of saturated fats. 100%
grass-fed cattle spend no time in a feedlot, and their meat is
leaner and has a much healthier composition of vitamins and nutrients.
Recent research backs this up. Learn More from this Australian study.Why don't we use antibiotics?
Because our cattle spend their entire lives on free-range
pasture, they have little or no chance to get sick. The majority
of antibiotics in beef production are used in feedlots, where
a large number of cattle are brought together from many different
farms, which increases the likelihood of viral infections and
sickness. As well, being shipped from their home farms the day
they are weaned is also very stressful, and can lead to sickness
in the animals. As well, a number of infections occur when cattle
walk through muddy areas to access drinking water. By fencing
cattle out of all the natural waterways on the farm, we have virtually
eliminated these infections. At the same time, this goes a long
way to protect aquatic ecosystems. Finally, studies have shown that cleaner drinking
water leads to healthier and faster-growing cattle. Why don't we use growth hormones or growth additives?
Many of our customers are requesting beef raised with
no supplemental growth hormones. Although there is no scientific
data which proves that the use of hormonal implants in the beef
industry is harmful, we strive to use the most natural production
methods possible. Because added hormones are not part of the natural
growth process, we choose not to use them. How is grass-fed beef better for the environment?
The pasture that our cattle graze offers continuous cover of
the soil 365 days a year. A sustainable grazing system allows
us to never have to till the soil and expose the earth to the
elements. On our rolling fields, we strive to keep erosion to
a minimum, and every year the top soil is enhanced by the nutrient
cycling from our cattle. Many species other than cattle benefit
from the continuous grass cover on this farm. As well, with
grass-fed cattle, no fields are tilled or intensively cropped
as is required for grain or corn production.
Feedlot vs Grass-fed. What's the difference?
typical steak from the grocery store comes from cattle that
have lived a portion of their lives in a feedlot. In a feedlot,
hormones and antibiotics are commonly used. Cattle are fed a
high-energy grain and corn diet, to acheive maximum weight gain
in the shortest time possible. Many calves come to feedlots
immediately after being weaned from their mothers. This introduces
extra stress into their lives, resulting in a higher level of
illness, requiring additional treatment.
this farm, cattle lead a very different life than feedlot cattle.
They live their entire lives on our farm. Here cattle graze lush
green grass in the summer, and are fed a forage (hay) diet throughout
the winter. As they have all the space and fresh grass they need,
these cattle are generally much healthier than their feedlot cousins.
The cattle are given no hormones or antibiotics in their lifetime.
The cattle are fenced out of any natural waterways on the farm,
which makes for cleaner water, healthier cattle, and a sustainable
environment, and enhanced wildlife habitat.
cattle are raised in an entirely natural environment, we can guarantee
Our Cattle are:
-free ranged for
their entire life, on our farm.
- raised on grass
and hay, with no supplemental corn or grain.
- given no supplemental
hormones or growth additives.
- 100% antibiotic