Grass-fed beef continues to show a strong place in the market, making many ranchers try to jump into the game and meet consumer demands. Customers look for beef that’s healthy and sustainable, while still tasting great. At Dark Hammock Legacy Ranch, we’re supplying that to our community. One of the most important aspects of raising grass-fed cattle is the grass itself. Learn more about this cycle of energy in today’s article and visit our blog for more insider info.
The USDA actually used to have a grass-fed beef label and claim, but that was discontinued in 2016. Still, the organization leaves the guidelines up on its website for producers and consumers to know and follow. That’s why it’s so important to know exactly who you’re buying from. Shopping from reputable sources in your own community is a great way to go!
Fact #1: Despite consumer demand for grass-fed beef, an overwhelming majority of the beef produced in the United States is still finished on grain. This stems from research that dates to the early 1800s. Scientists found out cattle process nutrition less efficiently as they age. Grain is an easy way to speed up the process, freeing up land space for more cattle and crops.
Fact #2: Cattle can be finished on grass; they just have to be supplied forage that’s appropriately nutritious. If cattle are supplied the right amount of energy in their diet, they can be expected to gain 2-2.5 lbs per day. This forage should meet rigorous standards, including being 65% digestible and containing 14-18% crude protein.
Fact #3: At no time should cattle have their forage amounts restricted. Quantity is just as important as quality and should not be limited. Overgrazed pastures result in poor average daily gains for the herd.
As you can see, a lot goes into raising grass-fed cattle that meet our high standard of quality at Dark Hammock Legacy Ranch. We take pride in our work, and we know you’ll taste the difference. To get your own grass-fed beef, visit our website.