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LET’S MOVE RIGHT IN – DID YOU KNOW?

Despite consumer demands, around 95% of cattle in the United States continue to be finished or fattened on grain. This results in cattle not receiving the necessary vitamins and nutrients to produce high-quality, nutrient-dense, and flavorful meat consumers seek.

A whopping 75-80% of grass-fed beef sold in the United States is raised abroad. Despite demand, only 5% of beef on the market is grass-fed, while grass-finished beef accounts for less than 1% of the current US supply.

Cattle Raising Practices: What to Consider!

In the world of agriculture, there are two primary cattle-raising methods: conventional and grass-finished. While both methods provide beef for consumption, they differ significantly in their raising practices and outcomes. Let’s dive into the distinctions between these practices to help you understand their implications and make the best decision for you and your family. 

Cattle raising conventionally in feedlots

CONVENTIONAL CATTLE RAISING

Often associated with feedlots, it involves raising cattle on a grain-based diet, such as corn and soy, supplemented with hormones and antibiotics to promote rapid growth.

Advantages: 

  • Rapid Weight Gain: Grain-based diets accelerate cattle growth, resulting in quicker time to market.
  • Consistency: Controlled diets and environments lead to consistent quality and flavor.

Disadvantages:

  • Environmental Impact: Controlled feed lots generate significant pollution through waste runoff and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Animal Welfare Concerns: Close confinement and unnatural diets can lead to health issues and animal stress. 

Black Angus and Red Devin Cows graze on the land

GRASS-FED VS GRASS-FINISHED CATTLE RAISING | IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?

These two labels are often used interchangeably but are factually very different. It’s important to note that meat labeled as grass-fed may refer to meat from cattle that initially consume grass but later receive grain feed or are finished on a grain-based diet. Grass-finished is the major distinction most consumers seek. Grass-finished beef comes from cattle that consume and receive a grass diet their entire lives.

OUR 100% GRASS-FED AND GRASS-FINISHED CATTLE-RAISING PRACTICES

What Sets Us Apart

At Summerfield Farms, we take great care to ensure that our cattle are raised consistently with their natural way of life. Our cattle graze on an all-natural foliage-based diet consisting only of mother’s milk and the grasses on our land. We guarantee that our cattle are never given hormones, steroids, antibiotics, mRNA vaccines, or other additives during their lifetime. Our approach enables us to provide our community with the highest quality, nutrient-dense, and flavorful beef.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sustainability: Grass-fed and grass-finished practices promote soil health, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration.
  • Health Benefits: Grass-fed and grass-finished beef has more beneficial nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
  • Animal Welfare: Cattle raised on pasture have the freedom to exhibit natural behaviors and experience less stress. 

Parameters:

  • Longer Time to Market: Grass-fed and grass-finished cattle typically take longer to reach market weight, leading to higher production costs.
  • Natural Influences: Factors such as climate variations and forage quality enrich grass-fed beef’s taste and texture profiles.

Cattle grazing on the lush pasture

EDUCATION IS POWER

When raising cattle and producing beef, it’s important to understand that not all methods are equal. With the right information, you can make an informed decision that best suits your needs and those of your family. As more and more consumers seek healthier and sustainable options, distinguishing between conventional and grass-finished cattle-raising practices becomes paramount. Your choice matters not only for your health but also for the welfare of the environment and animals.

At Summerfield Farms, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality, 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef. Our dedication to sustainable practices ensures deliciously flavorful beef that aligns with your values and priorities. We invite you to support a more conscious approach to beef production, one bite at a time. Choose Summerfield Farms for a taste of excellence that nourishes both body and soul.

DISCOVER YOUR FAVORITE CUT

Savory Summerfield

Includes:

– 2 Tenderloin Steaks (8oz)

– 4 lbs. Ground Beef

Savory Summerfield

 

 

 

Summerfield Sampler

Includes:

– 1 lb Ground Beef

– 1 Chuck Roast (3lbs)

– 2 Sirloin Steaks (8oz)

Summerfield Sampler

 

 

Pasture Pack

Includes:

– 2 lbs. Ground Beef

– 1 Bone-In Pot Roast (3lbs)

– 2 NY Strip Steaks (12oz)

– 1 lb. Stew Meat

pasture pack