Bone up on Health: Grass-fed Beef and the Diets of Today.

How grass-fed fits into your lifestyle

Millennials tend to get a lot of heat these days for the changing times. Arguments between the new and old generations can go on for days, but one change I think everyone can get on board with is the desire to eat better and maintain a healthier lifestyle. People want to know where their food comes from, how the animals are treated, what it consists of. We are breaking away from the quick convenience of processed foods and going back to the diets of our ancestors.

What does this really have to do with grass fed beef? Everything! Many popular diets that have garnered more attention in the past years focus on whole foods, healthy fats, grains, the list goes on. You may have heard of some of these or even tried one:

  • Ketogenic (Keto)
  • Paleoliothic (Paleo)
  • Whole30
  • Mediterranean Diet

The Benefits

Natural grass-fed meat is a preferred staple of any diet consisting of “real” foods. I cannot claim that health is the number one motivation behind our practices as a company and we are definitely not in the health food business, however I, as the author of this blog, can say that it is a huge reason for me personally to be involved and why it is so easy for me to talk about. We found an interesting article in The Furrow that referenced a study done by Stone Barns Center regarding the health benefits of grass-fed beef

According to the study grass-fed beef has been shown to have an increased concentration of conjugated linoleic acids (CLA’s) which is basically a group of important Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids that can only be found in certain natural foods.  This can supposedly contribute to reduced risks of diseases such as high cholesterol, cancer, heart disease and may also contain high levels of antioxidants which are very beneficial.

There’s even more

I think that’s a start for a pretty strong case for grass-fed beef, but what about everything left over? Well, another diet that has recently surfaced in popularity and has caused me to do even more research is the bone-broth diet. It consists of drinking bone broth made from the bones of nutritious grass-fed animals. A big reason for this is the collagen that can only be found in bones. It helps with healthy skin and joints, among other benefits that we agree sound amazing.

Diets aside, people have been making their own broth probably since the beginning of time, so saving the bones once these cows have been butchered is nothing new. People have the option to keep the bones from their cow purchase but many opt out. Instead of them going to waste we want to start keeping these so they can be available to our customers, especially when it’s not time for a new cow. Whether for diet or dog toy purposes we’ll throw you a bone 😉

Drop us a line to request some bones or to let us know what you like to use them for!

 

Fire!: The Benefits of Controlled Burning

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There is a surprising enemy of the native grass pastures and that is: Trees! More specifically the Red Cedar, Osage Orange (Hedge Apple), and Locust trees.  Among these, others are lurking such as weeds and parasites. The Tall Grass Prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems and the only way to keep this ecosystem healthy is by using prescribed burns.

At Grant Creek Ranch our goal is to preserve, restore, and enhance this important ecosystem found at our farm. A prescribed burn will kill any new seedlings that try to come up which will aid in keeping the pasture tree-free for the following year. It reduces the need to spray for weeds and may reduce internal parasites which live in the pastures over the winter. Finally, it will enhance grazing by the cattle which we know contributes to all that delicious grass-fed goodness.

So how does it work? Areas that burn the best contain the most grass fuel. These just happen to be the least grazed areas from the past grazing year.  Vice versa, areas that will burn the least are the heavily grazed areas from the past grazing year since there is not as much grass fuel.  After a burn, new grass will quickly grow and the cattle will want to eat the new grass over having to pick through last year’s dead grass to get to the new growth. So the areas that burn the best, the under grazed areas from the year before, will be grazed during the new grazing year while the overgrazed area from the year before will not burn as well and the cattle will not graze this area as heavily because there is not as much new grass.  This effectively rotates the cattle to new areas of the pasture and forces them to graze more efficiently.

Read more about the benefits of burning!

Why Grass-Fed Beef?

What makes Grant Creek Ranch Beef better than what you can get in the grocery store? There are many differences and we will discuss a few of the them in this post. Grant Creek Ranch Beef is from Angus cross cattle.  These cattle have been specifically bred to produce great taste from grass-fed animals.  This cross breed also produces cuts of meat that are restaurant quality; cuts of meat that you would be proud to serve to your dinner guests.  These animals are raised in a sustainable fashion: born in a pasture and allowed to roam freely until weaning time.  They are weaned at our preconditioning facility in Carney, Oklahoma.  Here they can be observed on a daily basis to make sure they are not under any undue stress.  Once weaned they are turned out onto our pastures in Oklahoma where they eat a mix of native and Bermuda grass.  During the winter they are supplemented with native or Bermuda grass hay and protein cubes, as they continue to forage in a pasture unconfined, through to the finishing process.

At Grant Creek Ranch our cow herd is a closed herd.  We are not bringing in new cows unless we are sure they are disease-free.  Because our herd is closed, the animal health is excellent and disease is held to a minimum. As a result we are only handling the cattle a couple of times a year (spring and summer) and the rest of the time they are busy grazing away on our pastures.

We are not interested in rapid weight gain or incredible size, therefore neither growth hormones nor steroids are ever used. This is because our customers want and expect naturally-raised, high-quality beef worth every penny.

To sum this up in one simple word: Flavor. Our grass-fed process results in some of the most tender and flavorful meat on the market. Why would you want anything else?

We are currently delivering sides of beef for no charge in the Tulsa area.  It is also for sale in the Wichita, Oklahoma City, Bartlesville, and Stillwater Areas (Delivery available for a small fee). Please check out our For Sale page for more information.

Once your try our meat you will never want to buy store-bought beef again!

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