The way cows are fed can have a major effect on the nutrient composition of the beef. Whereas cattle today are often fed grains, the animals we ate throughout evolution roamed free and ate grass. Many studies have shown that the nutrients in beef can vary depending on what the cows eat. It’s not only important what we eat. It also matters what the foods that we eat, ate.
The Difference Between Grass-Fed and Grain-Fed Cows
Most cows start out living similar lives. The calves are born in the spring, drink milk from their mothers and are then allowed to roam free and eat grass, shrubs or whatever edible plants they find in their environment. This continues for about 6 to 12 months. After that, the “conventionally” raised cows are moved to feedlots.
Large feedlots are called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), which tend to be really nasty places. There, the cows are rapidly fattened up with grain-based feeds, usually made with a base of soy or corn. The conventionally raised cows are often given drugs and hormones to grow faster, as well as antibiotics to survive the unsanitary living conditions. The cows live
Most cows start out on pasture, drinking milk and eating grass.
However, conventionally raised cows are later moved to feedlots and fed grain-based feeds, while our grass-fed cows continue to live on grassland. Our grass is never chemically fertilized. If supplement is needed, a compost tea is brewed and fed to the soil. Once grass has gone dormant in the fall until spring, our cows are fed hay from a reputable hay grower where we know what products are used on the hay. If supplemental protein is needed, we feed alfalfa pellets mixed with apple cider vinegar and Redmond’s Conditioner (made up of bentonite clay). They are also given access to a free choice mineral program of single minerals in covered troughs. This gives them the opportunity to select the mineral their body is lacking rather than flooding their bodies with a mixture of minerals, some of which they may not need. Our calves are allowed to nurse on their mothers until they are at least 10 months old or the mother chooses to wean them. This extra nursing time allow the calf’s ruminant system to fully develop causing them to be a more efficient user of the grass they eat.
“You are what you eat” applies to cows too… What a cow eats can have a major effect on the nutrient composition of the beef.
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Our grass fed and grass finished beef is grown using no chemicals, grains, antibiotics or hormones. We are very concerned with the quality of meat we eat and make available to others.
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