Grass Fed/Pastured

Grass fed/pastured animals are raised on pasture, as opposed to being kept in confinement and fed primarily grains. Depending on the region, some are on pasture 100% of their lives, while others are on pasture seasonally (spring - fall). Some animals are also supplemented with grains or hay while on pasture.

Pasturing livestock and poultry is the traditional method of raising farm animals, is ecologically sustainable, humane, and produces the most nutritious meat, dairy and eggs.

In recent years research on pastured meat has shown it to be significantly higher than conventional meat in vit. E, Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) which has anti-cancer properties, beta-carotene and various other important nutrients. Pastured dairy and eggs are similarly higher in a number of nutrients (including vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin E, EFAs, vitamin A, and carotenes), than are conventional eggs and dairy.

Eating grass and other plants typically found on pastureland is the key to the healthy nutrient profile of these foods. Cattle, lamb and bison may be raised on 100% grass, as it's their natural diet, however commercial poultry is typically fed grains while on pasture. But they do have access to grass and bugs making their meat and eggs healthier than non-pastured. Commercially raised goat and pork are also typically fed grains, root vegetables and/or hay while on pasture. The general rule of thumb is that more grass/pastureland and fewer grains produce healthier meat and fat. Some cattle are finished on grain, and this reduces the healthful properties of the meat. So be sure to ask farmers what percent of their animals' diet is pasture.

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  • Beef Ranchers
  • Dairy Farmers
  • Bison Ranchers
  • Egg Producers
  • Chicken Farmers
  • Pork Farmers
  • Turkey Farmers
  • Lamb Farmers
  • Ostrich Farmers