Just like Old Mother Hubbard, I went to my cupboard and found it getting bare. Except the freezer was my cupboard and looking into it this afternoon reminds me that it’s getting close to calf-selling season again.
At this time of year, our spring calves from the previous year are getting ready to be processed. They’ve gained approximately 800 lbs. since birth on mama’s milk, grass, and grass hay. Because food supply is limited for these calves, they are fed a little bit of grain throughout the winter months. Being time to condition them for processing, we separate our calves into the lot where they are still exposed to fresh green grasses, but their grain intake will increase—no argument that this improves marbling and, in my opinion, the taste of the beef.
However, the great debate over grass-fed beef vs. grain-fed beef always seems to intensify around here when new customers begin to inquire about our beef. There are strong opinions on both sides, but the final call comes down to personal preference.
Our Calves Are Raised Naturally
According to the USDA, naturally raised means that the cattle have been given:
- No growth promotants
- No unnecessary antibiotics
- No animal by-products
Our Beef Is Organic
In accordance with USDA Sec. 2105, Sec. 2107, organically produced livestock must meet these qualifications:
- Produced without the use of synthetic chemicals
- Not fed plastic pellets, manure, or feed containing urea
- Not given growth promoters and hormones
- Complete traceability (our calves are born and raised here)
The beef we sell to our customers is the beef we feed to our children; therefore, the quality of our beef can be completely trusted. Our cattle are not kept in a crowded feedlot, which is a problem with commercial feedlots, nor are they exposed to harmful chemicals and growth stimulants. Because they are our food supply, too, we take care that our cattle remain healthy in a very humane environment.
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Grass-Fed vsGrain-Fed: What’s the difference