Updated: Jun 20, 2022
Cows eat grass, naturally. They love the stuff.
Here is some data from J. Animal Sci 80(5):1202-11 about just a few of the health benefits of grass-fed and finished beef.
Because meat from grass-fed animals is lower in fat than meat from grain-fed animals, it is also lower in calories. (Fat has 9 calories per gram, compared with only 4 calories for protein and carbohydrates. The greater the fat content, the greater the number of calories.) As an example, a 6-ounce steak from a grass-finished steer can have 100 fewer calories than a 6-ounce steak from a grain-fed steer. If you eat a typical amount of beef (66.5 pounds a year), switching to lean grass-fed beef will save you 17,733 calories a year—without requiring any willpower or change in your eating habits. If everything else in your diet remains constant, you'll lose about six pounds a year. If all Americans switched to grass-fed meat, our national epidemic of obesity might diminish.
In the past few years, producers of grass-fed beef have been looking for ways to increase the amount of marbling in the meat so that consumers will have a more familiar product. But even these fatter cuts of grass-fed beef are lower in fat and calories than beef from grain-fed cattle.
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Grateful Graze beef is grass-fed. And grass-finished. What’s the difference? With more and more meat coming to the store labeled grass-fed, the difference is important to know. Grass-fed means that for a majority of its life, the animal is allowed to eat grass - which is a good thing! What the grass-fed label allows, however, is that for the last few months of its life, it can be fed corn.
In the middle of the last century, commercial feedlots were created and corn was introduced to cows. Corn fattens cows more quickly than grass. It was a way to feed a lot of people, quickly. It served its purpose. Today, however, we have environmental concerns, health concerns, and animal welfare concerns. Mid-century farming changed to meet the need, and today regenerative ag is doing the same - changing processes to address the above concerns. In a nutshell, grass-finished cows eat grass and natural forage all of their lives. Depending on the herd, and the size of the paddock, the herd is moved daily or every few days to fresh grass and plants. These greens have pulled carbon from the air which is critical for reversing climate change. Cow poop helps to regenerate the soil and provide a nutrient-rich growing landscape for more lush grasses. When the cows are moved, the soil has time to produce more plants, sequestering carbon and the cycle continues. For all of us, this means that we benefit not only from the natural contribution to a recovered environment but from the nutrient-dense diet these cows receive as well.
At Grateful Graze Ranch, cows living on pasture have multiple implications, even beyond health for us and the animals. We’re in the biz of soil health and we’re not the only ones thank goodness. A few years back, there were a few handfuls of farms returning to the origins of farming - some for health benefits, some for the welfare of the animals, and some like us, for both of these and the restoration of our depleted soils. Today, the number of farmers transitioning to healthier farming practices is growing exponentially.
Why do you eat grass-finished? We’d love to hear from you. Drop into our social media or send us a message. Meanwhile, load up on grass-finished beef at our store.