GRAZIN' ANGUS ACRES
is committed to raising the finest quality Grassfed and Finished Black Angus in a sustainable 2,000-acre eco-friendly environment. Our Black Angus enjoy the lush rolling hills of northern Columbia County, New York as they graze large pastures of high energy grasses. To stimulate rumen activity and efficient weight gain, we use the best high sugar and carbohydrate grass/legume mixes available. All are 100% natural - no GMO here!! Grazin' Angus Acres is the first in the region to harness the area's natural wind power for a large percentage of electrical needs.
so... why grass-fed?
It's pretty simple really. Cattle were meant to eat grass and people were meant to eat cattle. As omnivores, about the only thing humans cannot eat is grass. To capture the nutritional value of grass, which has harvested the sun's energy, humans have to eat animals that capture that nutritional value. The United States is the only country in the world that feeds cattle grain (primarily corn) in huge feedlots (that have their own set of health and environmental issues). At the end of the day, as much as 60% or more of America's diet consists of corn and its byproducts. Huge amounts of petroleum are used to get it to you. Corn is cheap and abundant; grassfed takes longer and is more expensive.
At Grazin' Angus Acres, we know that a local ecologically friendly and economically sustainable environment can be attained by growing the right grasses (fertilized primarily with nitrogen-rich chicken droppings) and feeding them to the right cattle (our Black Angus).
Health Benefits of Eating Grass-Fed Beef:
Safety: Because humans are omnivores, our stomachs are highly acidic. Meanwhile, the pH of grass-fed cattle is normal. If Grass-Fed Black Angus happen to be carrying bacteria in their normal pH environment, our highly acidic stomach bath offers real protection. Contrast that with corn-fed cattle... Corn turns what is typically a normal pH environment into a highly acidic one. Consequently, corn-fed cattle often require antibiotics in the feed to keep them from being sick, which generates its own set of concerns for human health. Further, if corn-fed cattle carry bacteria (e.g. E-Coli) that is thriving in their now acidic environment, the acids in our stomachs offer little, or no, protection against it.
Omegas: Grass-fed meat has been shown to have a 60% + increase in omega-3 content, as well as a more favorable omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Both fatty acids are essential and must be obtained from food. It is important to maintain a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 in our diets, as these two substances work together to promote health. That balance is adversely affected when cattle are fed grain. Specifically, a grass-fed diet produces a 2:1 omega 6:3 ratio. "Why should I care?" you ask... Consider that omega-6 promotes inflammation, blood clotting, and tumor growth while omega-3 does the opposite. Dietary experts estimate that current eating habits in America lead to an omega 6:3 ratio of about 20:1. Grass-fed beef is a huge step in the right direction.
ProVitamin A / beta-carotene: Beta-carotene is a fat-soluble vitamin & antioxidant that is a safe dietary source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is important to normal vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division and cell differentiation. Grass-fed beef has a 10-fold increase in beta-carotene levels vs. grain-fed. Taking vitamin A supplements can be dangerously toxic - but, we can eat all the beta-carotene possible and the human body will only convert the amount needed to vitamin A.
Vitamin E / alpha-tocopherol: Vitamin E is also a fat-soluble vitamin/ antioxidant that protects cells from the effects of free radicals (which have been reported to contribute to cancer and cardiovascular disease development). Grass-fed beef increases alpha-tocopherol levels three-fold vs. grain-fed beef.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): Numerous health benefits have been attributed to CLA including reduced carcinogenesis, atherosclerosis, onset of diabetes and body mass. Grass-fed cattle have been shown to produce 2 to 3 times more CLA than grain-fed cattle.
IT'S NATURAL! Nature had it right all along. The sun's energy grows the grass that is harvested by the cattle that are harvested by us. Grass-fed is how it was meant to be; it's how our human construct was prepared to capture the nutritional value of meat. The industrial machine - feeding cattle corn in confined areas - has destroyed what nature intended.
GAA is at the following Farmer's Markets weekly:SATURDAYS- Union Square (New York, NY)
SUNDAYS- between 77th and 79th Streets @ the Museum of Natural History (NY, NY)
For farm questions or special orders for pick-up at one of our NYC Green Market Locations, please e-mail Keith.Gibson@GrazinAngusAcres.com