A&M Farms All Natural Grass Fed Beef
Certified Naturally Grown (more info)
Providing All Natural Grass Fed Beef – Purchase in Bulk, Join our CSA or a la carte options.
What makes our beef better and different from conventional beef? We believe our beef is better for you, better for the environment and better for the animals. We carry three goals in whatever decisions we make:
To produce food that is natural, safe, nourishing and delicious
To respect and honor the creatures under our care
To heal and enrich the land
We try as much as possible to use and imitate natural systems and provide an environment for our cattle that replicates the life that they would have in nature. Our animals are all either born and raised on the farm or we require a minimum number of months residency prior to slaughter, forming a stable social structure within the herd. In our interactions with them, we also use low stress animal handling techniques. During the grazing season they are on fresh pasture each day; in the winter they eat hay and baleage (fermented hay) and during the coldest periods they are offered silage (fermented corn). The only supplements they get are organically approved minerals and salt.We try as much as possible to use and imitate natural systems and provide an environment for our cattle that replicates the life that they would have in nature.
They don’t receive grains or other concentrated feeds, growth hormones, or antibiotics during their withholding phase nor do we use chemical fertilizers, insecticides, weed killers or defoliants on the land we graze.
We do have access to background producers for our individually priced/packaged beef program this is for availability and inventory purposes only. These background farmers meet all of the same standards and growing requirements we do here on our home farm. We do screen and audit each producer and their farm to ensure that the product you receive meets the same safe and high quality product standards that you have came to expect from us. Each farm that we deem eligible we consider “grass fed beef certified transparent” and are following the same grass fed beef program guidelines that we follow here at A&M Farms Home location. All cattle in either our home farm program or in our back-grounding program are randomly graded to ensure consistency in quality.
How do our practices differ from those used with conventionally raised cattle?
Although the diet of many conventionally raised beef cattle includes some pasture for at least a part of their lives, most end their lives in CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations). In a CAFO animals from various herds are crowded together creating stress and allowing for the spread of disease. Their diet will now consist primarily of genetically modified grains and soy along with various supplements and additives, a very unnatural diet for animals that have evolved on grass lands. This diet changes the nutritional profile of the meat and produces an acid condition in the cows’ rumens which leads to numerous health problems. The animals are often given hormones, antibiotics and other drugs to enhance growth and prevent and treat diseases which arise from this combination of a crowded stressful environment and a concentrated grain diet. In a feed lot the dense concentration of animals for an extended period of time leads to a build up of manure and urine. What in a grazing situation is a soil builder becomes an environmental pollutant.
When purchasing grass fed meat, it’s a good practice to ask the farmer if the animals are grass finished as well as grass fed as some providers advertise their product as grass fed even though the animals have been finished on grain.