All of our cattle are grass fed for their whole life, exactly the way nature intended.
Their digestive system is designed to digest grass and other green and leafy matter however, very few beef cattle are fed on this diet. This is because commercial farming wants the animals to be ready for meat as quickly as possible. Therefore, they are fed cereals and imported soya as well so that they grow quicker.
However, here on our farm, we allow the cattle to grow naturally and they only eat grass. In the Summer, they spend their time outside eating fresh grass in the fields and then in the Winter, we bring them inside to protect them from the weather and then feed them on dried grass, such as silage and hay.
By naturally rearing the cattle, they are not matured as quick as commercial cattle, with our cattle typically spending 2 summers in our grass fields. So why do we believe grass fed cattle are better than others?
Benefits for the Cattle
Because our cattle have a natural grass fed diet, they live a more natural life at a slower pace than commercial cattle. By being able to have the freedom of the grass fields, they express normal behaviours, in a more natural environment, foraging and grazing outdoors.
Benefits for you & your family
By being allowed to naturally grow and eat grass, our meat have some great benefits for those that eat it:
- Lower total fat levels than meat from grain-fed animals
- Lower in saturated fat content.
- Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and a lower, more balanced (and healthier) ratio of omega-6:omega-3 fatty acids
- Significantly higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than meat from grain-fed animals which can improve metabolic health & lower the risk of heart disease, and other diseases
- Higher levels of vaccenic acid, which can be turned into CLA
- Higher vitamin and mineral levels than meat from grain-fed animals, particularly Vitamins A and E, calcium, magnesium and potassium
Benefits for the environment
The production of cereal crops produces more carbon that grass land and therefore by leaving our land to grass and pastures for the cattle to graze, we are reducing our carbon footprint.