The key to high-quality, ethically grown beef is being raised on a natural diet—namely, grass. Cattle are naturally ruminant, and develop better and thrive on an entirely grass and foraged diet. Unfortunately, corn and grain fed animals are easier to care for, and cheaper to feed, making it the primary choice for most beef ranchers. But a grass finished cow (not just grass fed) is both healthier and more nutritious for the consumer.
At first glance, even the meat of a grass-finished cow is different than that of a primarily grain-fed or strictly grass fed cow; the meat is a rich, dark red, with thick veins of opaque orange fat running through it. This marbled fat gets its color from the vast amounts of beta-carotene a grass-finished cow consumes during its life.
|Grass Fed||Grass Finished|
|Exposed to Mycotoxins|
|Exposed to Anti-Biotics|
|Treated with Growth Hormones|
|Artificially Fattened Prior to Slaughter|
|Exposed to Sub-Par Nutrients|
At Stetson Ranches, LLC., we believe in the ethical and sustainable treatment of animals, including our grass-finished beef. Our cattle are never fed corn, and are never artificially fattened or exposed to potentially harmful and unnecessary additives, GMOs, or growth hormones. They are raised strictly on our grass, hay, and alfalfa, and supplement our compost (coming full-circle on our ranch). This cycle continues, with better processes and understanding of the land each season.
The demand for grass-finished beef is growing, and while we’re constantly expanding our herd, orders must be taken in advance. If you’d like to know more about our process, or are curious about grass-finished beef and its effect on the earth as well as your diet, feel free to reach out to us.