Certified Organic and All Natural Grass Fed Beef
What exactly is grass fed?
The definition of grass fed is defined by the American Grass fed Association or AGA. The AGA defines grass fed products from ruminants, including cattle, bison, goats and sheep, as those food products from animals that have eaten nothing but their mother's milk and fresh grass or grass type hay from their birth till harvest. For our farm, this means no grain ever for our beef cattle. Our pastures and baled hay consists of multiple grasses and clover species providing all the energy and protein a ruminant would want.
If you've never cooked grass fed beef, it is a different experience than your basic store-bought meat.
If you're going to raise grass fed beef, you need to start with the type of animal that can produce high quality beef on grass. We spent a number of years researching breeds that will flourish on a grass-based diet and determined that the Galloway breed was right for us. To add some color and style to our rural Wisconsin landscape, we chose the Belted Galloway. Sometimes this is referred to as the Oreo cookie cow, the Belted Galloway has a distinctive white belt around his midsection that contrasts with this black, tan, or sometimes red head and tail.
The real benefit of these animals is their hair coat. With approximately 4000 hairs to the square inch, the Belted Galloway is perfectly suited for cold Wisconsin winter. And best yet, because of all their hair they have a minimal amount of back fat in a leaner carcass.so you get more meat for your money when you purchase Belted Galloway beef.
All of our beef is raised to meet or exceed USDA organic standards and we offer a number of animals every year that are certified organic. Some of our animals cannot be sold as certified organic under USDA guidelines, but they do meet the requirements for the all-natural label this is because some of our animals have been purchased as a calf from a farm that isn't certified organic, or receive care for an injury that required medication. In all cases, we produce a complete history for each animal on our farm.
Dr. Tilak Dhiman of Utah State University is one of North America's leading researchers on the relationship between CLA or conjugated linoleic acid, which is found in the fat of grass fed ruminants in meat and milk and human health. Speaking at the University of Nebraska's conference on the Future of Grass fed Meets and Milk, Dr. Dhiman said that he was now convinced that grass fed products were not only preventative but regenerative as well.
By this statement he meant that grass fed foods could not just prevent health problems but could help people who already have chronic health problems get better. He said current research with animals indicates that CLA not only reproduces the incidence of cancer in animals but that it suppresses the growth of cancer cells. He said that definitive human studies would take many more years. Until then the health benefits of grass fed foods would have to be legally stated as "potential health benefits".
Currently animal studies suggest that CLA is: anti-carcinogenic, reduces body fat, antidiabetic, anti-atherosclerosis. Dr Dhiman said to keep in mind that CLA was additive. In other words, eating grass fed meat, cheese and milk all helped accumulate CLA in body tissue. A French study of 360 women found that the higher the CLA level was in their breast tissue the lower their incidence of breast cancer was. He said the minimum effective level of CLA was 0.5% of the total diet. While this is a tiny amount, was almost impossible to achieve eating normal American supermarket food. However, he said grass fed foods are so high in CLA that a single 8 ounce glass of grass fed milk, +130 Graham slice of cheese from grass fed milk and 184 g serving of grass fed meat provided twice the minimum amount of CLA needed for both prevention and regeneration.
Dr Dhiman said that 100% grass fed meats and milk or up to 500% higher CLA than other meat and milk fed conventional high grain diets. The key element here is hundred percent grass fed he also stated that grass fed foods have the following: 300% more vitamin E, 75% more omega-3, 78% more beta-carotene, 400% more vitamin A. Grass fed beef is not only much lower in fat and higher in protein than grain fed beef but is much safer to eat due to the relative absence of E. coli.
In order to assist retail stores to sell meat and poultry products to post point-of-purchase nutrition information the FSIS has created downloadable charts for printing. These charts show nutrition information for the major cuts of meat and poultry.