What is the difference between Grain fed Beef and 100% Grass Fed Beef in Minnesota?
Grain Fed Beef
Cows are ruminants which means they have a four-chambered stomach designed for breaking down cellulose rich grasses. When cattle are fed a diet high in corn or other starchy grains, the level of acid in their stomach rises often causing acidosis. Acidosis not only weakens an animals immune system, but also causes ulcers, diarrhea, and liver disease. These symptoms are some of the reasons that many grain fed cattle are regularly fed antibiotics. Most commercially produced grain fed cattle are also fed or implanted with growth hormones to speed up their rate of gain and shorten the finishing time. This is cost effective for producers but is not natural or healthy for the cattle.
100% Grass Fed Beef
At Pettit Pastures, our calves are allowed to nurse milk from their mothers until they are 9 to 10 months old. This is about 3 to 4 months longer than conventional producers allow. This extra time allows our calves’ rumen to fully develop and helps them better digest nutrients the rest of their lives. After weaning, our cattle are on an all forage diet with free-choice salt and minerals available to them at all times. In the winter, they eat grass, clover, and alfalfa hay bales. In the spring, summer, and fall they are rotationally grazed through our grass and legume pastures. By moving our cattle every 2 to 3 days, they are always getting a fresh and highly nutritious diet and it helps the cattle stay clean and healthy. We strive to keep our cattle calm at all times. We accomplish this by using low stress cattle handling techniques. Stress is a major cause of sickness in cattle. Because Pettit Pastures cattle eat a diet that their bodies were designed to eat and they are allowed to grow at a natural pace, their meat is more nutritious .
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