Grass Fed and Finished

Many conventional ranchers raise their livestock on feedlots to be fattened on grain, soy, corn, supplements/antibiotics and growth hormones; some ranchers will raise animals in pastures, only to “finish” them on grain to fatten them up before slaughter. Animals allowed to graze in pastures up until slaughter, eat their native diet of a variety of grasses, and grow at their natural pace result in an overall much healthier animal. In comparison, meat from animals raised on a pasture has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Grass-fed and finished meat is higher in vitamin E, beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C, and a number of beneficial fats, including Omega-3s. Grass-fed and finished livestock take more work than feedlot cattle, as the ranchers need to ensure plentiful, healthy soil/grass and continually move the livestock to new, lush pastures. Many ranchers who raise their livestock in pastures refer to themselves as “grass farmers”- they raise great grass; the animals do the rest!