Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Local and Grass-Fed Beef

Benefits of Grass-Fed beef:
Nutrient rich:
Less saturated fat, calories, and cholesterol than corn-fed beef
High quality lean proteins
Significantly higher levels of Omega-3 and essential fatty acids
Higher levels of Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, and other antioxidants
Significant levels of Iron, Zinc, and B-complex vitamins
Increased levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Vaccenic Acid 
A smaller carbon hoofprint on the planet...
Benefits of grass farming to the environment:
• More sustainable manure management, less groundwater contamination
• More diverse and healthy ecosystems vs. the filth and air pollution of crowded feedlots.
• Reduced use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides associated with corn and grain production.
• Reduced soil erosion and contamination associated with feedlots and grain crops.
• Feeding grass to animals reduces greenhouse gases through carbon sequestration. Grasses in healthy pastures draw excess carbon dioxide from the air and return it to the soil as carbon.
• Land tracts set aside for grass farming provide wildlife habitat. Farmers who produce grass-fed beef are likely to be better educated about the environment and are better stewards of the land.
• Grass-based farms reduce the amount of fossil fuels/emissions needed to operate large-scale factory farms and large-scale monoculture plantings of grain crops.

animal Welfare and the Environment  

Cattle raised on grass are healthier and happier. Novy Ranch cattle are raised with humane and sustainable practices.

• Animals experience significantly less stress in a pasture environment and are able to socialize, rest, eat and raise their calves in a natural environment.
• Our cattle roam freely and are able to find shelter from the weather in natural settings among trees and lee areas.
• Novy Ranch cattle are provided straw bedding throughout the winter months .
• No history of BSE (Mad Cow) in grass-fed animals as they are never fed processed feeds that contain animal by-products. Novy Ranches never feeds antibiotics and growth hormones are never used.

BabyCarrots is proud to receive meat donations from Novy Ranches Grass-Fed Beef!

The ranches are the ongoing  life work  and commitment of Dr. Lowell Novy, a veterinarian, whose interests in conservation, cattle-ranching and animal welfare have influenced his decision to turn away from “traditional” feedlot cattle production by developing an entirely grass-fed  program that is healthy for the land, cows and people.

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