GrassFed Beef Cattle
Grass fed Beef Cattle are cattle who have consumed only their dam’s milk and
grass through out their life. They live on their mother’s milk as calves and on fresh grass or hay when adults.
They are never fed anything else throughout their life. The American Grass fed Association classifies such animals
as grass-fed beef cattle. Green feeding is not a new concept. This system has been used since centuries to raise
cows, sheep, goats, and bison. It is the most natural method of raising animals and more and more farm owners are
resorting to green feed.
Beef cattle stomach functions differently than
human stomach. Our stomach is one chambered and cannot digest grass. Cattle have four chambered stomachs and can
digest fresh as well as dry grass. They are called ruminant animals. They take in grass and give out milk and beef
for human consumption. It is a common practice to provide supplemental feed to the gain fed cattle in addition to
forage. They are fed grains and legumes to provide additional sources of energy and the development of more flesh
and muscles. But grass fed beef cattle are never fed any chemicals treated supplemental diet.
Grass fed meat comes from animals which are strictly on grass diet, free from
chemicals. Grass is a very convenient diet for cattle and a comfortable choice for the farm owners. Cattle feed on
pastures and forage and the burden of additional diet on the herd owner is reduced. The U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) has set some standards for the grass fed beef cattle. Accordingly beef cattle must consume only
grass and grass type hay throughout their life and must not be fed anything else. Grass fed beef cattle are never
given any growth-promoting hormones or other additives. They do not need as much antibiotics as other cattle.
Grain-based diet can cause stomach ulcers and liver abscesses in cattle, whose stomachs are naturally designed to
Grass fed diet is very healthy and environment friendly. Many acres of green pastures
mean less soil erosion and more water quality. It provides extensive wild habitat and plant diversity. From the
health perspective grass fed meat has fewer calories than grain fed meat. Grass fed meat is low fat and leaner. It
also has more vitamins A and E, conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) and omega-3 fatty acids. Grass fed meat can reduce
cholesterol and high blood pressure. It can also help with diabetes and cancer. This meat may also be stronger
flavored than grain fed meat.