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Why is Grass Fed Beef healthier?

Cattle are ruminants, the perfect grazing, grass eating machines. Before WWII, cattle were kept on ranches, ate grass and were taken to market.  After WWII the feed lots started to appear.  It was cheaper to keep large groups of animals on one site, close to easy transportation locations, feed them grains like corn (which until modern times have been the cheapest way to fatten an animal), and inject hormones for faster growth.

While cost wise this made sense, the over whelming problem is cattle aren't meant to eat large amounts of grain like corn.  They can't properly digest and the result can be raised levels of acidity in their stomachs which can lead to acid resistant strains of E Coli.  Feedlot cattle can often be injected with antibiotics to counteract unsanitary conditions and/or prevention of health issues which can cause resistant bacteria.  Feedlot cattle can be fed sodium bicarbonate for stomach issues. 

Corn is carbohydrate rich and low fiber while grass is low starch and a high fibrous food.  While we are not saying corn is bad for humans, its not ideal for cattle.  Grass fed beef shows higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, CLAs (conjugated linoleic acid), Vitamin A, Vitamin E and lower amounts of calories per serving.  Grass fed beef has lower total fat, closer to chicken breast.  These are all factors to a healthier diet.

Grass fed beef also provides benefits to the land they forage.  Consider cattle as the never ending mower, fertilizer and water for land.  When rotational grazing is utilized in ranch management, the cattle as they are being moved from section of land to other sections, eat down the area they came from, fertilize and water.  They then move on to the next section repeating the process before at a future date coming back to the original section.  Combine this process with a little rain or not, the end results are strong healthy lands of good grass.

Cattle will eat some weeds while trampling the others.  The grass grows stronger just like a well maintained yard. The rancher doesn't have the need for pesticides or the wasteful use of fuel mowing down weeds, cutting tall grass or baling hay.

Sustainable & Healthier

The consumer and the land benefit.

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