Just about every protein we eat comes from corn. At least 40% of the cost of producing a gallon of milk is the grain consumed by the dairy cow. Almost all meat, pork, chicken starts off in a corn field. Corn is a wonderfully versatile food – it can be turned into a sweetener, transported easily, and, with the right combination of fertilizers, produced bountifully. Corn, however, is not what cows were "designed" to eat. A high-grain diet can cause physical problems for ruminants—cud-chewing animals such as cattle, dairy cows, goats, bison, and sheep. Ruminants are designed to eat fibrous grasses, plants, and shrubs—not starchy, low-fiber grain.
Proteins from pasture-fed animals are far healthier: compared with meat from animals raised on grain or on feedlots, meat from grass-fed beef, bison, lamb and goats has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Grass fed beef also has more vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and a number of health-promoting fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and “conjugated linoleic acid,” or CLA.
Proteins labeled as “free-range”, “organic”, or “natural” may be grain-fed. Only 100% grass fed beef is GOOD for your body.
In order for grass-fed beef to be succulent and tender, the cattle need to forage on high-quality grasses and legumes, especially prior to going to market. Providing this nutritious and natural diet requires healthy soil and careful pasture management so that the plants are maintained at an optimal stage of growth. Because high-quality pasture is the key to high-quality animal products, many pasture-based ranchers refer to themselves as "grassfarmers" rather than “ranchers.” We raise great grass; the animals do all the rest.