Galloway Cattle Grassfed & Grassfinished Beef
Grassfed vs. Grainfinished
So why is there so much talk about grassfed beef? Simply because it is a healthier product compared to the traditional commercial grainfinished beef. Grainfinishing started in the late 1930s as a way to fatten thousands of cattle at a time in the shortest period of time. In 1992 when we started raising Galloway cattle here at Rocky Meadow Farm, I had to ask myself why feed cattle grain when their natural design is to only eat forage. That is the way God created this animal and it will do best according to nature’s plan.
Grassfed – Raised in a Natural Environment under Low Stress Conditions
Grain supports the pathogenic bacterium, E. coli 0157:H7 that we occasionally hear about in the news but grassfed animals rarely carry that particular strain because its rumen (stomach) fails to provide the proper pH for that pathogenic strain of E. coli. Why raise an animal for human consumption that does not have its natural environment and low stress conditions in its life?
Raising Grassfed Beef takes Longer
Grassfeeding the animal is better for the cattle, the environment and for the consumer. Don’t be fooled by the label grassfed. A savvy consumer should be sure his beef is not only grassfed but also grassfinished. All commercial beef is grassfed until age 7-8 months but finished on grain until harvested at 17 months of age. Most grassfinished beef isn’t harvested until 25-30 months. One cannot rush nature. Like good wine, good beef will not be ready before its time.
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