Growing grain to feed animals is much cheaper than feeding them on grass as it takes far less time for an animal to reach ‘adult’ weight. But we like to do things the old fashioned way. We only rear grass-fed beef and lamb animals as it’s the most ethical and free-range way. It may take longer and cost us more, but we definitely think it’s worth it…
So what makes grass fed so great?
1. It’s Natural
Sheep and cows are designed to eat grass. Their stomachs are geared up to extract maximum nutrition from the green stuff, which gets passed on to us. Healthy animals make healthy meat.
2. It’s kinder
Feedlot animals tend to be stuck inside in densely packed sheds where they are fed a diet of grain and agricultural byproducts which gets them up to adult weight in super quick time. No leisurely ambling about the fields enjoying the countryside and a much shorter life.
3. It’s better for the environment
Growing grain and other crops to feed animals is one of the world’s biggest pressures on limited land and resources, contributing to mass deforestation globally. Rotating our animals through various naturally growing pastures across the seasons means we’re able to preserve natural biodiversity, help to improve soil fertility and eliminate the waste-management issues associated with confined cattle sheds.
4. Animals have matured properly
Because it takes longer for beef and lamb animals to mature on their natural diet of grass, their muscles and tissues are well developed and healthy with low fat content (imagine how much poor quality fat you would gain if you were fattened up quickly on high calorie rubbish)…
There are four times more Vitamins A and E in grass fed than grain-fed meat, which is important in creating glycoproteins that keep your body building critical muscle mass.
Grass-fed meat is a fantastic source of Creatine which means more energy for our muscles.
7. Good green nutrients
Grass-fed meat is jam-packed with carotenoids such as beta-carotene which are sourced from the pigments in the greens that the animals eat. These carotenoids make the fat in grass-fed meat more yellow than in grain-fed animals, so fat colour is a great indicator of how rich in nutrients your meat is.
Grass-fed meat has the advantage of providing more healthy fats such as Omega-3 (2-5 times more) and CLA (Conjugated Linoleum Acid) than those found in grain-fed animals. CLA is in fact 3-400% higher in grass-fed, and this is associated with lower heart disease and cancer risks, as well as reducing body fat and helping maintain lean body mass.
9. Good fats
Grass-fed meat is lower in both overall fat and saturated fat.
Try for yourself ! The minimum order spend is £20 in our online farm shop here.