Naturally at Holben Valley Farm

Grass-fed. Direct from the farm.

About Grass-fed

Holben Valley FarmWhat is Grass-fed?
The American Grassfed Association defines grass-fed products from ruminants, including cattle, bison, goats and sheep, as those food products from animals that have eaten nothing but their mother’s milk and fresh grass or grass-type hay from birth to harvest – all their lives.  For grass-fed non-ruminants, including pigs and poultry, grass is a significant part of their diets, but not the entirety of their diets, since these animals need to consume grains.

Advantages of Grass-fed
A recent study published in the Nutrition Journal, showed that grass-fed animal products are higher in beta carotene (Vitamin A), conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are important in reducing cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and other life threatening diseases.  These products are lower in fat, cholesterol and calories.  In addition, the risk of infection by E. coli in these products in virtually eliminated.

Grassfed CattleProducts that are Grass-fed
Virtually any air-breathing food animal can be raised partially or entirely on grass.  The most common products are beef, bison, lamb, goat, pork, poultry, eggs and dairy (milk, butter and cheese).

Beef: Grass-fed vs. Corn-fed
According to a report by PBS Frontline, before the second World War, all American beef was “grass-finished,” meaning that cattle ate pasture grass for the duration of their lives. Today, the vast majority of cattle spend anywhere from 60-120 days in feedlots being fattened with grain before being slaughtered. Unless the consumer deliberately chooses grass-finished or “free-range” meat, the beef bought at the grocery store will be of the corn-finished variety.

Grass-fed beef offers a healthier, lower-fat alternative to standard corn-fed fare.

There is a wave of farmers and consumers that argues for a return to the old way of meat production, however. They contend that feeding cattle grass is healthier and more sustainable for both the cow and the consumer.