What makes range raised cattle so truly unique among the beef industry? Our cattle are fed off the land from native grasses that have been untreated or tampered with. The secret to the quality of land pastured on lies with the bugs, the worms, the insects and the rain and their part in cultivating, growing, pollinating and fertilizing the ground.
Because of the strong immune systems these cows develop being in their natural element, consuming a large variety of grasses, plants, weeds, and browse acceptable to their pallet and beneficial to their diet, and dwelling with equally healthy cattle also means that not only are antibiotics not used but not needed!
The Food Revolution in their article titled The Truth About Grass Fed Beef says, "it’s important to remember that organic is not the same as grassfed. Natural food stores often sell organic beef and dairy products that are hormone and antibiotic free. These products come from animals who were fed organically grown grain, but who typically still spent most of their lives (or in the case of dairy cows perhaps their whole lives) in feedlots. The sad reality is that almost all the organic beef and organic dairy products sold in the U.S. today comes from feedlots. Just as organic does not mean grass-fed, grass-fed does not mean organic. Pastured animals sometimes graze on land that has been treated with synthetic fertilizers and even doused with herbicides. Unless the meat label specifically says it is both grassfed and organic, it isn’t."
Range fed beef yield more meat with less fat consuming foods that are digestible to their body and offering 2-4x more omega-3 fatty acids than commercial beef. Omega-3s are types of polyunsaturated fatty acids or "good fats" that are essential for their vital role in every cell and system in your body. Omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, strengthen eyesight, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions. However, although a very beneficial ingredient, omega-3s are not something our body manufactures so we have to get them from our diet. Omega-3s are found among other foods in animals raised on pasture. The reason is simple. Omega-3s are formed in the chloroplasts of green leaves and algae and 60% of the fatty acids in grass are Omega-3's.
NY Times bestselling author, Jo Robinson, offers very helpful information on the health benefits of grass-fed beef on her website www.eatwild.com and states that, "a 6-ounce steak from a grass-finished steer can have 100 fewer calories than a 6-ounce steak from a grain-fed steer. If you eat a typical amount of beef (66.5 pounds a year), switching to lean grass-fed beef will save you 17,733 calories a year—without requiring any willpower or change in your eating habits. If everything else in your diet remains constant, you'll lose about six pounds a year!"
Beef is one of the best dietary sources of Conjugated Linoleic Acid
or CLA, which reduces risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and
promotes weight loss with Range Raised beef producing
2-3x more CLA than grain fed beef.
Range Raised beef also offer Vitamins & Minerals such as
Carotenoids: Ever noticed the yellowish tint in the fat from
grass fed meat after it cooks? This indicated the presence of
Carotenoids (precursors to Vitamin A) which are found in green
grass, especially rapidly growing green grass. B-Vitamins: Red
meat is also a great source of B vitamins, especially vitamin B-12,
which plays an important role in fertility, mental health, muscle health and heart health. Vitamin D: Red meat contains high levels of an especially absorbable form of Vitamin D that appears to increase blood levels faster than synthetic Vitamin D or vitamin D in dairy. Iron: Red meat is a well known source of Iron, which is especially beneficial for pregnant women or those who are anemic.
Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof Nutrition, in his article on Grain fed vs. Grass fed states, "As you’re about to learn, consuming grass-fed meat is one of the best ways to prevent disease, improve brain function, lose weight, and become Bulletproof." He goes on to say, "Besides health benefits, grass-fed meat is better for the economy, the environment, the farmers, and the animals."
Here are six more grass-fed beef nutrition benefits given by Dr. Axe, a wellness physician, popular radio show host, and sought-after national speaker committed to setting people free from their health problems so they can live their life to their fullest potential. 1. Potential Cancer Fighter. The CLA has proved its ability to fight cancer in multiple animal studies and shows promise for doing the same in humans. 2. Reduces Heart Disease Risk. The main reasons why grass-fed beef can benefit heart health include less overall fat and unhealthy fat, lower levels of cholesterol, higher levels of omega-3, more CLA, and more heart disease fighting vitamins. 3. Improves Blood Sugar. Getting enough healthy fat in your diet is extremely helpful to keeping your blood sugar at a healthy level. 4. More Likely to Be Free of Hormones and Antibiotics. Antibiotics and hormone use in beef is significantly less likely with grass-fed versus grain-fed.
5. Safer Beef Option. Recent research conducted by Consumer Reports is the biggest study to date demonstrating that choosing grass-fed meat over conventional meat decreases your risk of food poisoning and results in fewer antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 6. Better for the Environment. Research now shows that traditional grass-fed beef production actually benefits the environment by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing biodiversity of run-off water from well-managed pastures.
FROM OUR FAMILY'S RANGE TO YOUR TABLE
These things make up what we like to call, the range raised difference!
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