What are the benefits of grass-fed farming?

Meadow Fed Farms, Grass-Fed Beef in Whatcom County (r)

When researching farming and food source options, phrases you might hear are “sustainable farming” and “grass-fed livestock”.  You may wonder what those terms mean and how those farming practices may differ from other livestock farming styles.

First of all, did you know that the health benefits that come from eating grass-fed livestock outweigh the benefits of commercially produced meats? The overall lifestyle of grass-fed beef, chicken and lamb is also healthier and happier – people who eat grass-fed proteins often report feeling better about their choices when they know their food came from happy and content livestock.

There are numerous nutritional benefits in the meat that comes from pasture-raised livestock. Grass-fed beef and lamb are higher in vitamins E and C, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids than that of grain-fed livestock. Grass-fed meats are also lower in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and calories.

At Meadow Fed Farms, grass-fed farming is pretty much as it sounds—our livestock graze on grass in large pastures, where they are able to roam and feed as they were born to do.  Because our livestock have a natural, healthy diet, they too are healthier, which then trickles down to us being healthier.

Now, it’s not all as easy as it sounds – there is a science to this type of sustainable farming.  The soil and pastures must be carefully managed so plants that feed the animals are kept at an optimal stage of growth. Essentially, we see grass management as a primary function when it comes to raising our livestock.

Meadow Fed Farms is proud to be a Whatcom County family farm that provides food for nutritious meals. When you are ready to learn more about grass-fed food and farming, please visit eatwild.com or contact us to learn about how we sustainably manage livestock and pastures.

Baby broiler chickens have arrived

The baby broiler chicks arrived and are growing like gangbusters.  They start out so fluffy and cute and then move into the gangly, getting real feathers stage.  They are almost ready to head out to feed in our fresh, grassy pastures.

The baby goats are darling out in the field as they run and jump and play with each other.  They have so much personality.  The girls have named them all, names like Hurricane Hannah, Mighty Man, Mocha, etc.

Eggs Everywhere!

The hens have started laying eggs in earnest.  I am trying to figure out different ways to use them!!  Right now we are getting about 40 a day, in the next couple of weeks we should be getting about 70 a day.  They are now available at our Growsource lot in Bellingham, across from Builders Alliance, or at our little farm.  The goats are getting rolly polly fat as they are pregnant and due in the next couple of weeks.  Here is a picture of them out grazing.  The other picture is of our resident Queen.

Windy Night

Everyone made it through the night in the wind.  Wow, it was pretty gusty and rainy.  The chickens are glad for their traveling house that they can stay warm and dry in.  I’ll post a picture of it soon.

Spring has sprung!

Well, the cows, chickens, goats and lambs are all happily munching away in the great sunshine.  The warmth just seems to make everyone feel better.  It’s amazing, but I think the flowers have just popped out and started blooming overnight!!  The lambs were running and jumping yesterday and looked so cute.  Our girls got ducklings about a month and a half ago and they are growing into mature ducks rapidly.  They follow the girls all around and have been swimming in a washtub outside.  It’s much better than the bathtub where they started out.  The new hens should be laying up a storm in the next couple of weeks, we are looking forward to that.  It’s just a beautiful time of year.