If you currently purchase your beef from a grocery store, think about why you purchase the specific package you do. Is it because you can see the meat? Do you look for the marbling, or do you read the label? Do you look for specific things on the label such as where the beef came from? Is it Organic, NonGMO, All-Natural, or Grass Fed/Finished? Do any of these labels mean anything to you? A marketing term that is common on beef labels today is the word "Angus". For those who are familiar with this term, you commonly find it on the traditional grain fed beef. This is because Angus cattle perform well on grain and develop well-marbled meat and therefore the meat is tender and juicy.
However, not all breeds of cattle are created equal.
Some breeds, such as the British White are smaller framed, which means they have a smaller body. There is one con to raising a smaller animal; you get less meat. However, when focusing on the nutritional value of the meat, it is much higher. When we selected the breed for our farm, we wanted an animal that would perform well on grass. If we tried to force an animal that was bred for grain, it wouldn't perform as well.
Not only does the British White breed perform well and produce great meat, but the mothers are also very docile and make excellent mothers to their calves. When we chose to add cattle to the farm, we were already really busy! The last thing we wanted to have to worry about was if a cow could raise her calf the way she was supposed to. That is her job - to raise a healthy happy calf. Overall, we are very pleased with the opportunities and animals we have been given. Our animals allow us to replenish our bodies and the land. And without them, we wouldn't be Grateful Graze.