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Why Grass Fed Rather Than Regular Beef?

Grass fed meats are the best source, tastier, more tender and most nutritious of meats. Animals raised on pasture eat what they are naturally inclined to eat in the wild. The cattle roam free, which causes less stress (causes tough meat) and disease than cattle in feedlots (where their typical diet consists of 95% grain). They graze on grass or hay their entire life. Until snow falls, the animals walk and self select from grass, clover, alfalfa, trefoil and mineral rich weeds. In the winter they are fed the same mix but in the form of hay. This provides an assortment of Vitamin E, healthy saturated fats, and a natural balance between Omega 6 and Omega 3.
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Most commercially available meat is grain finished. Retailers may say their meat is “grass fed”, but their beef is usually started on grass and finished on grain, which can contain wheat, soy, corn and growth hormones. These are used as fillers to produce rapid weight grain. Ask your butcher, and KNOW THE SOURCE of your nutrition!

Good Public Relations has misled the public to believe that the best beef is corn/grain-raised beef, which has more fat, a coarser texture, and less intense flavor.

Grass fed beef takes much longer for the farmer to produce. Most commercial meats are harvested at 9 to 12 months of age. Grass fed producers have 18 to 24 months invested in their cattle to ensure marbling and maturity on the natural grasses.

The nutritional comparison and health benefits speak for themselves. Let’s compare a 6oz serving of steak:

Grass fed contains 7 grams of fat, 100 calories and 7% of Omega 3s. Commercial meat which is grain or corn fed contains 13 grams of fat, 300 calories and only 1% of Omega 3s!

Grass-fed meat barely shrinks in size when cooked and its distinctive rich robust flavor does not require the typical seasonings and sauces required for commercial meats! Since the meat is leaner than commercially raised meat, there is less fat and marbling. It needs to be cooked longer and at a lower temperature to bring out its natural flavor and juices. Another great benefit, CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid or CLA, a fatty acid instrumental in combating cancer cells, has been shown recently to be effective in weight loss.

Factory farming conditions make it easy to produce a consistent grain-fed beef flavor. In the Grass Fed Industry, there are tremendous variations in the flavor due to the breed of the animal, the region where it was raised and the age it was harvested. The variations of flavor and uniqueness of grass-fed meats should be welcomed and admired just as an artist’s talents vary by their projects.

Your decision to feed your dog grass-fed meats (and hopefully yourself) is an important one. The production helps heal our environment, ensures the welfare of the livestock, and it enables farmers to realize better working conditions and a fair income.

We here at Cleo & Patra Canine Cuisine are proud to only use Grass-Fed Meats and dairy. We hope you take as much joy and pride knowing that our food comes from farmers who have made conscious choices about stewarding the land in environmentally responsible ways, raising livestock in a humane fashion, and living their own lives in accordance with their values.

You can buy these meats directly from the farm by going to our Canine Connections section and linking to their websites.