How We Raise Our Beef
Pasture-raised organic beef is delicious and healthy. The meat of 100% grass-fed animals, like our beef cows, has much less saturated fat, approximately 10 times more healthful Omega 3 fatty acids and 5 times more conjugated linoleic aPasture-raised organic beef is delicious and healthy. The meat of 100% grass-fed animals, like our beef cows, has much less saturated fat, approximately 10 times more healthful Omega 3 fatty acids and 5 times more conjugated linoleic acid (an anti-carcinogen) when compared to meat from conventional grain-fed cows. For more information on grass-fed beef check out EatWild.com.
Our beef is pastured on a diverse mix of organically-grown grasses and legumes. Cattle have a multi-compartmentalized stomach which is efficient for utilizing grass, but inefficient for grain. Approximately 70% of the grain grown in the United States is fed to herbivores, accounting for the majority of US agricultural energy, chemical fertilizer, and pesticide use. Farmland used for these crops is eroding and disappearing at record rates. We raise our cattle as nature has taught us; in a way that is healthy for the animals, the environment, and you.
Our cattle are kept on small pastures and moved every one to three days to fresh, clean forage. Conventionally, cattle are turned out into large pastures or ranges and moved infrequently, allowing them to overgraze certain areas while under-utilizing others and thereby degrading the ecosystem. Moving them frequently mimics the natural relationship between predators and grazing animals, providing the ideal environment for the pasture ecosystem to thrive.
On many farms and ranches unprotected riparian areas are favorite gathering spots for livestock, causing severe damage and water pollution. We have successfully protected our riparian ecosystems by fencing the animals out of these sensitive areas.
During the rainy months, the cows and calves are comfortably housed in a roomy, straw-bedded barn. In our area, cattle are usually left out on pasture all year long. Wet Pacific Northwest winters, combined with the weight of the cows, can damage the fragile pasture ecosystem causing irreparable harm to the soil and plants in these pastures.
Cow manure and straw bedding is collected in the barns during the winter and used to make the bulk of the compost for our vegetable farm. The compost is spread throughout the farm to feed and balance the soil with organic matter and microorganisms. Many organic farms rely on animal manure from large operations where it is hard to know exactly how the animals have been treated, fed or medicated. We have chosen to care for the animals upon which we rely for our farm’s fertility needs.