We are grassfarmers who raise our animals and birds on pasture enjoying a number of benefits including being able to live in a peaceful environment and eat nutritious, all-natural food. Our rare breed Tamworth pigs are raised on Pasture-grass, unlike factory farming we are not exposed to dangerously high levels of dust, ammonia, carbon dioxide and other gasses. Meat from grass fed animals has more antioxidants and much healthier fats, than feedlot meat. When cattle are free to forage on their natural diet of grass, their meat is almost as lean as wild game. As it turns out, all those choices of eggs at your supermarket aren’t providing you much of a choice at all. It is shown that eggs from chickens that range freely on pasture provide clear nutritional benefits over eggs from confinement operations. Results show that pastured eggs contained an amazing 1/3 less cholesterol than commercial eggs, 1/4 less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3-6 times more vitamin D, and 7 times more beta carotene. You may also be getting more folic acid and vitamin B12. In a study breeding hens were taken off pastures and raised in confinement on a wide variety of feed ingredients. When the birds were fed a diet that was exclusively soy or corn or wheat or cottonseed meal, the chickens didn’t lay eggs or the chicks that developed the eggs had a high rate of mortality and disease. The pasture grasses and bugs made up for whatever was missing in each of the highly restricted diets. Lambs grazing on pasture have about 8% more protein and 14% less fat than grain-fed lambs. More lambs on pasture will benefit our economy by reducing reliance upon expensive grain supplements. Cheese and butter from grassfed animals is more than 4 times richer in conjugated linoleic acid—a cancer-fighting, fat-reducing fat—than cheese from standard, grain-fed animals. Living grass is richer in vitamins E, A, and beta-carotene than stored hay or standard dairy diets. The more milk a cow produces, the more diluted the vitamin E and beta-carotene content of her milk. The goal of the commercial dairy industry is to coax the maximum amount of milk out of each cow through a high-tech combination of selective breeding, confinement housing, synthetic hormones, and a high-energy grain diet. Cows raised on grass and free of hormone implants produce less milk. One out of every three animals in confinement may play host to the deadliest form of E. Coli bacteria. Feeding animals their natural diet of grass instead of grain greatly reduces the risk of disease transmission. It keeps the overall bacteria count low and it prevents the bacteria from becoming acid resistant.
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