Grass Fed Beef
Aren’t all cattle grass-fed? Yes and no.
Mama cows with their babies often live in grass environments but many of them are fed supplemental grain. And most beef landing on dinner plates comes from cattle kept in huge confinement systems and fed only grain while they live in dust and dirt. The catch words that define beef from Grass Fed Grub are grass finished.
What’s so great about grass?
It is the original, most natural, most organic source of bovine nourishment that has ever been known. The cow’s (all ruminants) digestive system is different from others. There are four “stomachs”. The first one is where the grass goes to begin to ferment after it is initially ingested. Given her own choices, a cow will spend about one third of her time eating grass, one third of her time “chewing her cud”, and one third of her time just being idle. A cow chewing her cud is a picture of contentment. The cud is the grass that she has swallowed earlier and then brought back up to chew on, only to swallow it again into another stomach, so that by the time it has passed through all four stomachs it is fully digested and all of its nutrients have been fully utilized.
Anyone who cares about the welfare of cattle will care about how they are kept. The outdoors with abundant sunshine, shade on hot days, rain to make the grass grow and to clean the cows, and grass to eat and lounge in are a lovely environment for cattle. And when the farmer manages his cows and pastures correctly, the earth beneath the grass benefits so that it provides healthier food for cows, the grass grows more healthy, the cows who eat it are healthy and happy, and beef from healthy and happy cattle leads to healthy and happy people.
The human benefits of grass fed/finished beef
Grass finished is a designation for cattle that eat only grass their entire lives; an important distinction. The benefits to humans whose diets include grass fed/finished beef are as follows:
- it is lower in total calories while having more nutritional value
- it contains ample amounts of essential electrolytes
- it contains significantly higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids
- it contains higher levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs) lowering the risk of heart disease and cancers
- the risks of food poisoning are lower since the cattle are kept in natural environments
Contrary to conventional wisdom with regard to grass vs. grain finished beef, the pleasant taste and texture of grass-fed rivals or exceeds that of grain fed, especially when it is dry aged as is the case with the beef from Grass-fed Grub.
So, be sure to take advantage of an opportunity to become a part of the Grass-fed Grub community by placing your order now!