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Grass-Fed Beef

Why Grass-Fed Beef?


rass-fed beef is being recommended (over both grain-fed beef and organic beef)
by health food experts and government officials. The driving idea behind this movement is to raise animals as their bodies intended and maximize beneficial
use of the land.

Beef cattle at Farm Sweet Farm LLC are moved daily from paddock to paddock during the summer to eat fresh grass, clover, and other legumes. They are offered free-choice organic mineral and kelp to help boost the cattle’s immune system; in turn the fertility of the soil will increase as the minerals move through the animals back to the earth. We do everything possible to mimic nature. We also choose not to use chemicals, antibiotics, growth hormones, and the like. The cattle receive baled hay (dried grass) throughout the winter that does not have any chemical preservatives in it. We do not finish them on any grain, thus they are 100% grass-fed.

Cattle stomachs and digestive tracts are best designed to digest the green forages that human stomachs cannot. The food chain thereby allows humans to obtain the nutrients in the forages by eating the animals that grazed on them. Because our grass-fed beef cattle eat 100% grass year round, our entire farm is planted to grasses. This reduces soil erosion to minimal or none at all and builds organic soil matter. Since there is more ground cover (than when compared to traditional row crops), the amount of the sun's energy wasted on bare soil is minimized, soil temperatures
are reduced, and the farm’s grasses are more sustainable in periods of dry, hot weather. All in all, we are helping to improve the environment by reducing the long-term effect of increased carbon
in the atmosphere.

Moving the animals to fresh grass daily relieves the pressure off of the grazed-down pastures to replenish and send out new grass growth. Movement is better for the soil as well so that it does not become overly compacted from too many animals in one pasture; the roots of the grass have a chance to grow and die back and grow again creating humus in the soil. The rotational movement also allows animals to spread their manure around the farm instead of using fossil fuels to operate a manure spreader and tractor. The animals do the work.

Do not just take our word for it. We prefer to have our customers take the
time to come and visit our farm. See the animals in the pasture, notice
the organic mineral, and view the all forage landscape that stays green
and lush all summer long. We want each and every one of our customers to know where their food came from and how we raised
it for them. It is all about being informed consumers and voting for a
sustainable agriculture through each bite you take.

The Health Benefits


rass-fed beef is better for human health than grain-fed beef in ten different ways, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date. The 2009 study was a
joint effort between the USDA and researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina. Compared to grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef was:

  • Lower in total fat
  • Higher in beta-carotene
  • Higher in vitamin E
    (alpha-tocopherol)
  • Higher in the B-vitamins
    thiamin and riboflavin
  • Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  • Higher in total omega-3s
  • A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
  • Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11),
    a potential cancer fighter
  • Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
  • Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease

See our resources and links for additional publications discussing the health benefits of grass-fed beef.

Some Cooking Tips


ecause grass-fed beef has a lower fat content than grain-fed beef, you will need to reduce your cooking time by approximately one-third when compared to cooking grain-fed beef. Please for more grass-fed beef cooking tips. We recommend the following cookbooks:

The Grassfed Gourmet by Shannon Hayes
The Farmer and the Grill by Shannon Hayes
Wholesome Home Cooking by Katie L. Stoltzfus

All three above books available for sale at Farm Sweet Farm LLC and also at www.grassfedcooking.com.

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Available at www.westonaprice.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you sell your grass-fed beef?

Our grass feed beef is available year-round in whole, half (side), quarters, 50-lb, 25-lb bundles, and individual cuts including ribeye steak, porterhouse steak, T-bone steak, chuck roast, and one-pound ground beef packages. We sell our beef by the retail weight, not hanging weight. Our prices already include meat processing, clear shrink-wrap packaging, and labeling. You will not need to call our butcher shop to complete your beef order, unless previously arranged. Cuts vary in size. Your invoice will list the actual weights once your order has been prepared. Please for a list of cuts you can expect to receive when buying one of our
grass-fed beef packages.

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How much room will a quarter beef take up in my chest freezer?

A quarter varies 80 to 100 lbs in weight (depending on animal size), and measures about
20 x 20 x 20 inches, or 4.6 cubic feet packed tightly. A quarter is enough to feed two adults for

one year. If you do not have a chest freezer, the 50-lb and 25-lb bundles are designed to fit into refrigerator freezers.

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Is your beef considered organic?

Our farm is not “certified organic,” but we do use organic principles in our daily farming practices. Our beef is all-natural, raised strictly on pasture, offered free-choice “certified organic” minerals, with no hormones, no antibiotics, and no chemicals. Our farm has not been sprayed since 2004. You could say our beef is farmer-certified organic or beyond organic. Please understand the term “organic” does not necessarily mean the animal was raised humanely. There are commercial feedlots that raise animals on organic grain, and hence, those confined animals can be marketed as “certified organic.” Also, the term “organic” does not imply land stewardship and proactively caring for our environment; growing “organic” row crops still requires fossil fuel consumption and poor tillage practices can cause massive soil erosion. We believe that all-natural can be better than “organic” based on the aforementioned reasons. Hence the term, beyond organic.

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How do you raise your animals?

Since our animals are grass-fed, they are raised on pasture for 100% of their lifetime. During each year’s growing season we implement a rotational grazing pattern, holistically managing the cattle by moving them to a different pasture every day. This exposes them to fresh grass daily and allows the previously grazed pasture to regrow for approximately 30 days before the animals return to that same pasture. This system requires daily moves of temporary fencing consisting of step-in posts and portable wire reels. With daily exposure to humans our animals are much more docile than herds that roam the back 40 all summer long without ever seeing a human face. During hot periods in the summer we give the cattle access to shade. When there is rain-snow mixed precipitation
or subzero wind chills, we offer them access to covered shelter (barn). But because their thick coat keeps them warm, they tend to reside outside even on some of the coldest, snowiest days. In general, our animals are healthy, happy, and stress free.

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What do your cattle eat in the winter when the grass is covered with snow?

In the winter, the beef cattle are fed bales
of hay that do not contain chemical preservatives. This dry hay is harvested off
of our farm and nearby fields. Each winter our cattle outwinter on about five acres of land we select. Instead of the conventional “feedlot” method of feeding them near the buildings on a concrete slab, our cattle are fed baled hay in round bale feeders that are moved across the frozen pasture every few days. During outwintering the cattle deposit their manure across a smaller, concentrated area of pasture, which in turn, produces even greener grass the following summer. Not to mention there is no need to use a manure spreader come spring once everything thaws; the cattle have already distributed it for us. In about ten year’s time, we hope to outwinter across the entire farm in a continuous effort to naturally refertilize
our farmland.

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Do they get fed grain?

No. The cattle are not fed any grain. They are grass-fed for 100% of their lives. They eat grass, clover, and certified organic minerals.

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Are the animals confined?

No. We do not raise our cattle in a confined feedlot.

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Do you vaccinate?

No. We do not vaccinate the beef cattle. We believe that if we are managing the animals correctly and keeping them strong and healthy, they do not need to be vaccinated. This ensures our customers that they are not getting any foreign substance in the meat they purchase.

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How are your animals slaughtered?

Our cattle are hauled two miles down the road to a family-owned federally inspected plant. After being unloaded, the cattle remain in a shaded, solid-wall holding pen until time of slaughter. They are processed in a well-lit, clean, state-of-the-art facility that was constructed in 2008. The carcass is aged for fourteen days to tenderize the meat before it is cut and packaged.

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What is marbling?

Marbling is the intermixture of fat with lean in a cut of meat, which contributes to flavor and tenderness. The Polled Hereford and Devon breeds we raise begin to marble intramuscularly at
a young age.

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How does grass-fed beef taste?

We cannot answer this question because each person has a different sense of taste. We have received numerous compliments regarding our farm’s grass-fed beef.

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Do you deliver?

We currently hold a Mobile Retail Food License from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture which makes our farm’s poultry and beef products eligible to be sold both directly from the farm and at your local farmers market. Since we are not current vendors at area farmers markets due
to time commitments, we do offer product delivery for larger orders, providing we also have prior travel plans your direction and can meet you at a mutual, pre-determined location.

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How do I order?

You may contact us by or by phone at (715) 289-4896 for an order form.

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