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Rearing grass-fed beef and lamb

The majority of animals that come through the supermarkets are fed diets that are not natural to them. they typically consist of bread, corn, and other non-ruminant friendly bi-products that are cheap and help an animal reach its target weight quickly. The end result is often low-cost and tasteless, from animals that have been raised in confined sheds on an unnatural diet for most of their lives.

So what about going back to basics and rearing animals on a natural diet?

Unfortunately, growing grain to feed animals is much cheaper than feeding them on grass as it takes far less time for an animal to reach slaughter weight. But we like to do things the old fashioned way. We only rear grass-fed animals as it is the most ethical and free-range way. It may take longer and cost us more, but we definitely think it’s worth it to ensure the animal has led a happy life an their meat is of the highest quality. It’s also much more beneficial for our environment. Rotating the animals through various pastures across the seasons, means we’re able to preserve native biodiversity, help to improve soil fertility and eliminate the waste-management issues associated with confined cattle sheds.

“We rear only grass-fed animals as it is the most ethical and free-range way. It’s worth it to ensure the animal has led a happy life and their meat is of the highest quality.”

Why choose grass-fed meat?The benefits

There is a huge stigma attached to meat, people seem to be afraid of it. We’re regularly told by the media ‘eat Mondays’, but in our opinion the message is wrong. Pigeon-holing all meat is a complete generalisation - there is a big difference between the meat that is produced from grain-fed animals to grass-fed animals; the quality of taste, the health benefits and welfare of the animals simply cannot be compared.

“Grass-fed meat is lower in both overall fat and saturated fat.”

Our cattle and sheep are naturally free-roaming, grass-eating vegetarians, not intensively reared on a grain-fed diet. What an animal consumes has a direct effect on the quality, leanness and nutrition density of the meat. When we mess with nature and feed them grain or processed foods, we lose so many of the health benefits that come with keeping things natural - “you are what you eat” is just as applicable to us as it is animals; what we put in we get out.

So what exactly are the health benefits of sticking to grass-fed meat?

Let’s start with the higher quality fat content. 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 300%-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. As well as this, grass-fed meat is lower in both overall fat and saturated fat.

There are plenty of antioxidants to take advantage of too. 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 the grass-fed meat more yellow than what you would find in grain-fed animals, so fat colour is a great indicator of how rich in nutrients your meat is.

There are also four times more Vitamins A and E than in grain-fed meat, which is important in creating glycoproteins that keep your body building critical muscle mass. And on top of this, grass-fed meat is a fantastic source of creatine which means more energy for our muscles.

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