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.