Joel Salatin created the term “salad bar beef” to describe a more natural system of raising beef cattle where they are fed grass 100% of the time.
Herbivores (animals designed to eat grass) in nature display three characteristics: mobbing for predator protection, movement daily onto fresh forage away from yesterday's droppings, and a diet of forage only...yes you heard right- no grains!
Cows are designed to eat grass but are being fed costly grains often in a confinement setting. Imagine the environmental impact this could have if more farmers adopted this system!
Our cows eat forage only, a new pasture paddock every day (fresh salad bar), and stay herded closely with portable electric fencing. This model not only heals the land, it also thickens the forage, reduces weeds, stimulates earthworms, reduces pathogens and increases the nutritional qualities of the meat.
The result is a bold grass-fed beef flavor, that will make you realize the difference between most store-bought “grass-fed” beef and the real deal.
Grass-fed beef is low in saturated fats, higher in beta-carotene,
antioxidants, CLA, vitamins A, D & E and Omega 3 fats. Grass-fed
products contain significantly higher amounts of vitamins, minerals,
calcium and even dietary fibre than grain-fed beef. For more info visit Eat Wild.
So us grass farmers have discovered something brilliant about our livestock- they have legs, meaning they can roam and forage for food instead of having it trucked to them in a feedlot.
Their growth and well-being are not reliant on fossil fuels when they are allowed to graze. In properly managed pastures, their droppings continually restore the fertility of the land. This stimulates the diversification of plant species and habitat and extends the seasonal productivity of pastures.
Studies have shown well-managed pastures have become
excellent "carbon sinks" that are able to pull excess climate-changing
carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and fix it into the soil.
There's been a huge new study just out proving this point. Click the pics to learn more. White Oak Pastures, like our farm, are making a positive environmental impact.