There are many benefits associated with eating organic beef
. Our cows are not treated with conventional antibiotics thus there is no chance that residual antibiotics will be found in the meat you are eating. Because no synthetic chemicals are used to produce the feed for our cows, there is no chance of pesticide or chemical fertilizer residues in the meat either. The organic practices used in the production of feed for our cows are also beneficial to the environment. Pesticides often end up in surface and groundwater supplies. Children are especially susceptible to the effects of pesticide residues in their bodies.
There are benefits both to the animal and the consumer when it comes to grass-fed beef. Cattle are ruminants, which are designed to eat fibrous grasses and plants. Starchy, low fiber diets, fed in conventional beef operations, can cause a condition called acidosis in cows. Furthermore, feedlot beef are also fed “byproduct feedstuffs” such as municipal waste and chicken litter. The stress that an unnatural diet can create in the animal’s system can often result in major illness. To avoid this scenario, conventional beef animals are feed low-level doses of antibiotics and chemical additives. The overuse of antibiotics in livestock has resulted in multiple strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. When humans are infected with these bacteria treatment can be very difficult.
The benefits to the consumer eating grass-fed beef are even more superior. The meat from grass-fed animals is lower in total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Grass-fed meat is higher in vitamins and minerals as well as two health-promoting fats called omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in all cells and systems of the human body. It has been found that people with ample amounts of omega-3s in their bodies are less likely to have high blood pressure and incredibly are 50% less likely to suffer heart attacks. Milk and meat from grass-fed animals are the richest known source of CLAs. There is new research suggesting that CLA may be the best defense against cancer. In one study, women who had the highest levels of CLA in their diets had a 60% lower risk of breast cancer.
Our beef is processed at Herring Brothers, a USDA inspected facility, in Guilford, Maine. One benefit is that by supporting our locally-produced beef, you are also supporting other local businesses such as Herring Brothers. Also, as Guilford is only a short drive from our farm, another benefit is that only a minimal amount of fossil fuel is burned in the production of your meat from field to fork. Finally, small-scale slaughterhouses such as Herring Brothers process only a small number of animals per week. Conventional slaughterhouses often kill as many as 250 head of cattle PER HOUR. (See Appendix A) Herring Brothers has the time and ability to slaughter animals according to humane regulations and standards of cleanliness and safety as compared to large facilities where employees and equipment are maxed out.
One benefit of transparent, vacuum sealed packaging is that you can easily and clearly see the leanness and bright red color of our healthy, fresh beef. The second benefit of vacuum packaging is that the beef will not suffer freezer burn or oxidation, which gives you a delicious product with no waste should a package be lost in the back of the freezer for any length of time.
We offer a variety of cuts as different roasts, steaks, stew meat, ground beef, ribs, organs and much more. We offer the beef cut you need for every occasion. A wonderful benefit we offer our customers is special request orders. We are happy to ask our butcher to make selected cuts as requested by a customer. We will then hold that cut specially for you.
We have great bulk discounts for ground beef and for whole, half or quarter animals. The benefit when ordering a quarter, half, or whole animal is that you get all cuts from the animal at $4.00/lb. of handing weight. This is an excellent deal on all parts of the animal and results in a major savings from buying each cut individually.