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HomeGrass-Fed Beef    November 22, 2017
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Our 100% Grass-Fed Beef

We offer quarter, half, and whole animal beef directly from our ranch that has been raised on native grass pastures.    Orders are accepted year round depending on supply availability.   The size of the cattle for slaughter will range from 600-900 pounds live weight.

Free of Hormones, Antibiotics, and animal feed products.

L6 Cattle Ranch beef is fed and finished on grass only.  Our cattle are never placed in feedlots and finished on grain to produce rapid weight gain before market.  The introduction of grain to the cattle diet diminishes the quality of the beef resulting in reduced health benefits.

  
 
 
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Grass-fed beef color is significantly darker than grain-fed beef due to beta-carotene, which the grazing animal incorportates into its fat and meat. Beta-carotene is used by the body to make vitamin A and is also a powerful antioxidant protecting cells from free-radical and oxygen damage.  Grain does not contain a significant amount of beta-carotene.

  • Grass-fed beef is four to six times lower in fat than grain-fed beef.
  • Grass-fed beef contains half the saturated fat than grain-fed beef.
  • Grass-fed beef is three times higher in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Grass-fed beef contains five times more conjugated linoleic acid
  • Grass-fed Beef contains four times more Vitamin E
  • Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  • Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  • Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
  • Our beef is 85% lean

Only grazing green leafy grasses will provide these health benefits.

  
 
 
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Since the late 1990s, a growing number of ranchers have stopped sending their animals to the feedlots to be fattened on grain, soy and other supplements.  Instead, they are keeping their animals home on the range where they forage on pasture, their native diet. These new-age ranchers do not treat their livestock with hormones or feed them growth-promoting additives. As a result, the animals grow at a natural pace. For these reasons and more, grass-fed animals live low-stress lives and are so healthy there is no reason to treat them with antibiotics or other drugs.

A high-grain diet can cause physical problems for ruminants—cud-chewing animals such as cattle, dairy cows, goats, bison, and sheep. Ruminants are designed to eat fibrous grasses, plants, and shrubs—not starchy, low-fiber grain. When they are switched from pasture to grain, they can become afflicted with a number of disorders, including a common but painful condition called “subacute acidosis.” Ruminal Acidosis results in increased ruminal acidity that can damage the ruminal and intestinal wall.  Cattle with subacute acidosis kick at their bellies, go off their feed, and eat dirt. To prevent more serious and sometimes fatal reactions, the animals are given chemical additives along with a constant, low-level dose of antibiotics. Some of these antibiotics are the same ones used in human medicine. When medications are overused in the feedlots, bacteria become resistant to them. When people become infected with these new, disease-resistant bacteria, there are fewer medications available to treat them.

When you choose to eat meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals raised on pasture, you are improving the welfare of the animals, helping to put an end to environmental degradation, helping small-scale ranchers and farmers make a living from the land, helping to sustain rural communities, and giving your family the healthiest possible food. It’s a win-win situation.

  
 
 
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