We allow our Red Angus beef cattle and Icelandic sheep to enjoy pasture grass as much as possible so they can get necessary nutrients naturally. We also provide free-choice organic minerals and supplements which include kelp, brewers' yeast and probiotics. Unlike commercial livestock, they are not supplied with grain, animal by-products, synthetic hormones or feed antibiotics. They eat what Nature intended for them to eat- grass. Therefore, our grass-fed animals provide us with a win-win-win situation:
Pasture-raised beef cattle have proven to provide low fat, omega-3 rich foods. When grazers are allowed to remain on pasture, their meat has about the same amount of fat as wild game or a skinless chicken breast. When red meat is lean, it actually lowers your cholesterol levels. This type of meat has also been proven to have 2 to 6 times more omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed meats. This is not only good for your health, but is essential for normal growth and development which cannot be manufactured by your body, only provided through your diet. Another good fat found in grass-fed ruminants is called CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid. CLA is made in the stomachs of grazing animals and combats "bad" fat in the human body. People living a century ago would have eaten these foods as a matter of course, which could explain why they lived longer and healthier lives compared to today's population, which has a high percentage of cancer, heart and blood disease.
Ruminants are not the only animals you will find happily grazing on our pasture-intensive farm. Our chickens, turkeys and pigs are constantly foraging as well, and receiving all of the benefits of grass as described earlier - but they cannot survive on pasture alone because they do not possess the multi-chambered stomachs that ruminants have. Therefore, we provide a high quality protein grain that includes organic minerals and supplements.
There was a study done by a chairperson of the Nutrition Coordinating Committee of the National Institutes of Health, who observed and compared free-range eggs to supermarket eggs and found that free-range eggs contained almost 20 times more omega-3 fatty acids. Even though eggs are advertised as "free-range," they may still be contained in a 10,000-bird facility, exposed to toxins and poor living conditions. Our laying hens are never caged, but allowed to range around in their house with each bird having at least 3.5 sq.ft.; 2 feet more than organic standards.
Besides being healthy for us and our customers, grassfarming protects the animals and the land. Animals have the freedom to forage and reside in non-polluted areas, avoiding exposure to toxic surroundings. The land benefits as the animals fertilize naturally, which ends the need for chemical fertilizers. This also results in the protection of streams and groundwater from hazardous chemical run-off. As a result of all of these efforts, grassfarming protects the environment and all of its inhabitants. Please research on your own, share the information and decide for yourself what you and your family want to eat. We have chosen to practice this type of farming and will continue to do so because of the benefits, and wish to offer our friends and customers the same.