There’s no mystery in our meat.
In fact, we handle our cattle all the way to the butcher, where you decide what cuts your family wants and pick up your meat as soon as they’re finished. That’s as fresh as it gets!
We always have cattle being fed out here at the farm, and we are passionate about giving you peace of mind about your beef.
Our animals are:
- Raised humanely
- Live in great conditions
- Fed select diets
Whether you prefer grass-fed or grain-fed beef, you can be confident that you know exactly what went into your meat, and that the animal was treated well.
What’s the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef?
Grass vs. grain is a hot topic these days. The beautiful thing about our farm is that we also do the finish feeding, so whichever you choose, you can be confident that the animal was with us from start to finish. Here’s what you need to know to make your choice:
Grass-fed Beef will normally be leaner than Grain-Fed Beef
These animals are raised on native grass and forage only. Grass-fed cattle will normally be leaner than cattle “finished out” on grain.
The great thing about grass-fed beef is the amount of omega-3 fatty acids it contains. This isn’t to say you won’t find omega-3s in grain-fed beef, but depending on the grass that was eaten, you can find higher levels of it in grass-fed beef.
There’s a common myth with grain-fed beef that calves are ripped away from of their mothers and stuffed into a confined area where they’re force-fed corn until they’re fat enough to butcher.
In reality, when calves are weaned from their mothers they are sent to a weaning pen. There are two reasons for this:
- To prevent them from running back to their mothers for milk
- As they wean, they are prone to infection. Having them in one area enables us to pay closer attention to their needs.
After the calves are weaned, they are sent back out to graze in the pasture until they are the correct weight. They are then fed a specific diet to meet their needs. This is not a corn only diet!
They will be fed roughage to help digestive health, as well as a mix of grasses and grains.
This mix helps add the healthy fats consumers look for. Grain-fed beef is loaded with monounsaturated fat (the same heart-healthy fat found in olive oil). In my opinion, this feeding process makes for a tastier cut of meat.
You should also know that no animal, be it grass-fed or grain-fed, is butchered after receiving an antibiotic treatment. You will not find antibiotics in your American beef products, let alone Hill Farms beef, period.
So what do you choose?
Well, who is eating the meal?
If you and your children live a healthy and active life, go grain-fed. If you’re counting calories and wanting to lose a few pounds, go for grass-fed beef.
Both choices are great, and both choices are healthy.