It’s amazing what some grass, fresh water and sunshine can do for one’s meal of choice. If you are a meat-eater, these three elements are crucial. But, as you will see, it goes much further than just these three vital components for bringing that next meal from farm to table. When the one who is “preparing” the meal is committed to the quality of all our lives, respect for our Earth and the true sustainability of our food supply, you’ll find that this truly does make all the difference.
Cottonwood Corners, our longtime hay ranch in Central Oregon, is the perfect setting and environment for cultivating this commitment. It’s also a place where you’ll find that they’re raising up some of the best grass-fed beef one can find.
But, what does grass-fed beef mean and how does it benefit me?
What Does Grass-fed, Grass-finished Mean?
Grass-fed, Grass-finished means the animal has reached physical maturity and was kept on grass while developing exterior and intramuscular healthy fat. No grain is ever fed to grass finished animals and this process will typically take from 24-36 months. This is the largest factor why true grass finished beef will cost more than feedlot beef or lower quality grass fed beef.
What Does Lower Quality Grass-fed Beef Mean?
Lower quality Grass-fed beef means beef that has grazed on a diet of grass (its natural feed) but is sent to a feed lot for “finishing” on an un-natural grain diet which usually includes GMO corn along with the stresses, confinement and unhealthy living environment that go along with that. It is also done in a shorter amount of time meaning the animal is processed between 18 – 20 months of age, limiting its quality and quantity of internal and external healthy fat.
What Is The Benefit Of Raising Animals On Pasture?
A major benefit of raising animals on pasture is that they are healthier for you. For example, compared with feedlot meat, meat from grass-fed, grass-finished beef, bison, lamb and goats has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. It also has more vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and several health-promoting fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLAs).
In summary, here are 6 key takeaways and benefits:
- Humanely raised and Processed
- USDA Certified and Supervised Butchering
- High in Omega 3 fatty acids
- High in cancer-fighting Conjugated Linoleic acid (CLA)
- Lower in cholesterol and saturated fat than grain-fed beef
Additionally, when it comes to Organic Earthly Delights located at Cottonwood Corners and our process with raising cattle, we flash graze our cattle so that they’re moved once or twice a day to fresh pasture. Our ground is going through organic and biodynamic certification so there’s no toxins used anywhere on the farm, the pastures or on the property whatsoever.
Furthering this commitment, here are 2 more healthy benefits to how cattle is being raised at Cottonwood Corners by Organic Earthly Delights:
- No Antibiotics
Did you know that It’s estimated that approximately 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States that are important to human health are used in livestock?
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ranchers give animals antibiotics, which kills off or suppresses susceptible bacteria, but allows antibiotic-resistant bacteria to thrive. Those resistant bacteria may be transmitted to people through the food supply. Furthermore, the CDC states that wide use of antibiotics in food-producing animals contributes to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food-producing animals.”
- No Hormones
Growth hormones are given to animals, such as cattle, to make them gain weight faster, thus producing meat products for consumers at a faster rate. However, according to livestrong.com, while most dairy and meat industries depend on the use of growth hormones for increased productivity and profit, these hormones may hold negative health repercussions for humans.
As you previously read in this post, Organic Earthly Delights instead, raises our cattle with YOUR health in mind. It’s not just about producing a product, but producing healthy food that you are close to.
A Commitment To Healthy Living
So, as you see, it really-does come down to nothing but grass, fresh water and sunshine and all of this truly does make up the perfect setting and environment for Organic Earthly Delights to fulfill our ongoing commitment to supporting you in achieving and maintaining your health. Doing farming the organic way is much more than just how it’s achieved, it’s a movement.
Organic Earthly Delights commitment reflects our concern for your health, the quality of all of our lives, respect for our Earth and the true sustainability of our food supply.
Right now, we’re currently processing steers that will then age with a local butcher for about 3 weeks. We’d love to have them packaged up just for you by the time they’re ready. You can place your order today by calling Christina at (503)229-3869 and start making farm to table, the healthiest choice.