OUR BEEF CATTLE
JimRay Farms grows and markets 100% grass fed/grass-finished beef. Our herd consists of about half Red Devon and half Black Angus cattle. We believe in providing high quality, all natural beef.
Our grass-fed and grass-finished cattle spend their entire lives grazing and eating from pastures on our small family farm. During the coldest winter months, our cattle are brought in to shelter from harsh weather and then eat forage, hay or silage, as well as a tasty blend of molasses and minerals. They are grown and finished on a special diet of high quality grass and forages, but never grain, which makes our beef naturally non-GMO. Our beef is also hormone and antibiotic free. In rare cases, we will use antibiotics as a life saving measure, but in such cases we mark and cull the animal for other purposes.
Grass Fed or Grain Fed?
While there are many persuasions to be found for every eating style under the sun, we believe in offering the public what it wants in terms of healthy beef. What are the benefits of grass-fed beef? Here are a few things to consider:
- It’s much leaner than its conventional counterpart.
- It’s also higher in key nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins, and a beneficial fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that’s been tied to improved immunity and anti-inflammation benefits.
- Grass-fed beef packs about 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than standard beef (although the amount is still far lower than the total omega-3s found in fatty fish like salmon).
- Grass-fed beef is also less likely to contain “superbugs”—bacteria that have become resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics—so it’s considered superior from a food safety perspective as well.
"Is Grass Fed Really Healthier?" Article by Health.com
Why Grass Fed?
You’ve likely seen various labels showing that beef is “natural” or “grass fed.” But what do these labels mean? Because there's no standard, meat labeled as "grass-fed" could potentially be from cattle that only spent a relatively short time eating grass. When possible, look for a label that says “100% grass-fed.” Grass-fed and grass-finished cattle spend their entire lives grazing and eating from pastures. These cattle may also eat forage, hay or silage at the feedyard, as well as a tasty blend of molasses and minerals. They are finished on a special diet of high quality grass and forages, but never grain. Silage is pasture grass that has been 'pickled'. It is a method used to preserve the pasture for cows to eat later when natural pasture isn't good, like in the dry season or winter time. The grasses are cut, wrapped in plastic, and then fermented to keep as much of the nutrients (such as sugars and proteins) as possible. Fascinating, right?!
Read this article for more information:
"Whats the Difference?" Article by Beef, Its Whats For Dinner