Grass Fed Beef Information



What is Grass Fed Beef or Pasture Fed Beef?

Put simply, American grass fed beef is exactly that--beef animals that are fed grass or pasture raised. Most cattle in the United States are not grass fed beef, but are instead fed grain. There isn't much to the definition itself, but there are a lot of different aspects to grass fed beef, or pasture fed beef, to understand. To truly understand what grass fed beef is, you also have to comprehend how it is different from the vast majority of the beef that Americans eat.

Five Reasons Why You Should Switch to Organic Grass Fed Beef

1. Grass Fed Beef is healthier for you and your family.
If you are already worried about the effects of meat on you or your family's health, you can stop worrying! Pasture raised beef is lower in total fat than regular beef and is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Most grass fed beef is organic beef. For obvious reasons, organic beef is healthier.

2. There is a difference in taste between grain fed beef and pasture raised beef.
You'll probably be able to taste a difference with the first bite of a Texas grass fed beef. What you can taste is clean meat. You aren't consuming a lot of antibiotics and hormones. This is truly organic grass fed beef.

3. Switching to grass fed beef can help to keep our environment clean.
All cattle eat a lot, and all cattle make a lot of waste. Did you know there are over 90 million head of cattle in the United States? The vast majority of these live in huge feed lots, and the waste has no where to go but down. It seeps into the groundwater, finds its way into the river, and pollutes the water. In fact, animal waste has already polluted many of our waterways. In addition, the corn and grains that is used to feed grain fed beef, has been sprayed with pesticides that not only get into the animal, but harm our environment.

4. American grass fed beef is more humane to the cattle.
Time is money to the average cattle rancher. Their goals are to get the cattle big and fat as fast as possible, and to make as much money as possible. How do typical ranchers speed up the process? They use grain, hormones and antibiotics liberally to move Mother Nature along.

5. Raising beef cattle on the pasture is safer meat.
Why? Because they are eating a diet that was suited for their bodies.


The Difference between Organic Grass Fed Beef Animals and Ordinary Cattle

Let's examine how cattle are raised in America. We'll talk about how the typical non pasture raised beef animals in America live, and how their lives differ from organic beef or grass fed beef. The story of a cattle raised on grain is not a pretty story, so if you are eating a hamburger from a fast food restaurant right now, you may not want to put it down.

There is an alternative to this sad story. The alternative is simple: switch to pasture raised beef animals, grass fed cows and organic cattle. Eat organic beef and feel the difference. Their lives are different, and the advantages of their meat versus grain raised cattle are great.


The Beef Industry Timeline

  Grass Fed Grain Fed Beef
From birth to weaning (from birth to about 7 months) Cattle in this stage of their life live with their mothers. Their life is spent with their mother, usually on a pasture. Cattle in this stage of their life live with their mothers. Their life is spent with their mother, usually on a pasture.
Stocker Stage (until a cow reaches about 700 pounds) After cattle are weaned from their mothers, they are usually allowed to graze on the pastures eating a natural diet of grass and hay. After cattle are weaned from their mothers, they are usually fed a natural diet of grass and hay. Some of these are pasture fed, but most are fed grass and hay in pens. Sometimes they are fed grain diets to supplement their feedings.
Feedlot Stage (from about 700 pounds to full maturity) Pasture raised beef continue their live grazing on grasses and hay. Their meat is clean and hormone free. Antibiotics, if used, are used sparingly and are flushed out of the system before slaughter. Grass fed meat has many health advantages (being lower fat to containing healthy Omega 3 acids are just two of the numerous advantages). The goal for the cattle is to increase in size as quickly as possible. They are fed grain diets with animal proteins added. In addition, they receive hormone implants to help achieve this goal. The cows suffer from stress from adjusting to a new diet. The health advantages that is associated with grass fed meat wears off before they are slaughtered for their meat.




Why Isn't Grain Fed Beef healthy?

Imagine being in a room with nearly one hundred people. Some of these people may be ill. You can not leave the room, or can you really get very far away from the people who are sick. Well, imagine if you had to do this for about four months? That's kind of what it is like to be a cow at a typical American feedlot.

Because there are often close to one hundred head of cattle in a single area, and because they have a tendency to become ill (remember, the cattle are eating a diet that they aren't accustomed to, being stuffed full every day, and living in filth). So cattle ranchers want to protect their investment by giving all of their cattle antibiotics.


Organic grass fed beef has an advantage. Because the cattle are getting a diet that they are used to and that is natural, there is less stress on their bodies. In other words, imagine eating only candy bars every day. Of course you are going to put on weight, but after awhile, your body is going to start to revolt. It knows that eating only candy bars is not a normal diet. You will probably get sick. The same thing happens to a cow that is not getting its natural diet: it gets sick. Most of them are on medication every day of their lives.

So, why are they eating such an unnatural diet? It's quite simple: it's cheap to feed them this diet because corn and grains are so cheap in America and help to fatten up the cattle. It is cheaper to buy corn than it is to produce it, due to government farm subsidies. Grains are very easy to transport from the field to the cattle farms in huge quantities to feed the tens of thousands of heads of cattle in each feedlot. They are high in energy and can fatten up the cattle a lot faster than the natural way of letting the steer roam on a pasture and eat grass. For our health and the environment, this is a disaster.



The Biggest Advantage to Grass Fed Meat

  • Organic beef is healthier for you.
  • Beef, such as Texas grass fed beef is lower in total fat.
  • Natural beef contains more Omega 3 fatty acids and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which are good for your health.
  • Organic raised beef livestock doesn't contain synthetic hormones.
  • Grass fed cows aren't pumped full of antibiotics as with Grain-fed cows
  • Pasture raised beef is healthier for the environment. By expanding grasslands, the amount of soil erosion will decrease.
  • Natural meat doesn't pollute the water with antibiotics and hormones.
  • Grass fed beef animals can share their biome with other animals.
  • Organic grass beef animals use manure as a natural fertilizer that will be absorbed by the soil naturally.
  • Grass fed cows are scientifically safe.
  • Mad cow disease isn't found in natural organic beef because they eat a natural diet that doesn't contain animal proteins.
  • Less E. coli is found in pasture raised beef animals because they eat a more natural diet.
  • Natural meat doesn't contain hormones that have been banned in Europe due to their links to cancer.
  • Grass fed meat tastes great too. Take the taste test!

Video About Benefits of Grass-Fed Meats


The "Mania" Over Grass-Fed Meat

Ever since the concept of grass-fed beef made it into the marketplace, an increasing number of consumers are now clamoring for grass-fed beef to eat, with good reason. Grass-fed meat is undeniably more superior than grain-fed beef. When choosing your beef labels, make sure you select grass-fed beef over organic because grass-fed beef is also organic.


This is your best option because:

  • The animal from which the meat came was raised and bred in the healthiest of conditions; that is, with respect not only for the animal but also for the environment.

  • It promotes good health: the beef's fat content is much lower and contains more CLA - conjugated linoleic acid, a form of fatty acid. The CLA in grass-fed animals is three to five times higher than grain-fed animals.

The health literature on CLA points to distinct health benefits: CLA can help fight cancer and diabetes, it promotes healthy weight, it can stimulate a person's metabolic rate and therefore regularize the functions of the thyroid, it can help control high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and it can reinforce the immune system.


By choosing grass-fed meat and of certified organic meat that has been pasture raised you can avoid certain diseases or disorders that have long been linked to meat consumption. Many certified organic meat contain organic corn. Your best bet, therefore, is to look for beef that is both organic and grass-fed. Just bear in mind that even if it isn't certified "grass-fed", it is still the perfect meat for optimal health.


To avoid any confusion with respect to labeling, get in touch with a local farmer who will be able to tell you if his animals were (a) allowed to roam and forage on pasture and (b) they were not injected with antibiotics and pesticides.


Your friendly farmer or rancher is your best source of healthy meat, whether that meat is USDA-certified or not.



Compare Your Meat with Natural Grass Feed Beef. Don't believe pasture raised beef is better for your health and your waistline? Or you don't think that it matters that much. Well take the fat challenge.

The next time you cook your ordinary supermarket beef to make your famous recipe for beef round steak, save the fat. You probably already put it into a jar or other container, because if you put it down your drain, it would clog it up in no time. Wait for it to cool. What happened to the fat? It turned into a solid white lump, right?

So here is the next step. Go and buy organic pasture raised beef. Cook it up and drain off the rest of the liquids in a clean jar. Do you notice a difference? The liquid doesn't look like there is a lot of fat in it at all, because it's a lot thinner. Ok, enjoy your dinner (and the new taste of natural beef), while you are waiting for it to cool. What does the pasture fed beef jar look like? Well, after cooling, it didn't turn into a big ball of lard; in fact, it looks pretty much the same as when you drained it from the meat.

Why does pasture raised meat have a lower fat content that other beef? Because of the way the animals are fed, and because it takes longer for them to get to their slaughter weight. A pasture raised animal takes about four months longer to reach full size than your typical animals. Because they are eating their natural diet, their bodies are able to process the nutrients better and it makes for leaner, healthier cattle. Also, their diet contains less fat than typical animals, because they are not being fed the by-products of other animals to hasten their growth.

Perhaps now you can understand why organic grass-fed beef is the only real choice for buying beef. Continue to read about pasture raised meats so you know the whole story and can explain it to your family and friends. It's important to let your family and friends know the health benefits of eating organic beef and more specifically organic grass fed beef. Even the Mayo Clinic agrees now that grass-fed-beef is healthier.



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