1. Make sure your
rancher raises grass fed beef so that you can take advantage of the health benefits
associated with higher omega-3 fatty acids, CLA, lower saturated fats, lower cholesterol,
and fewer calories.
The cattle should be grazing in an open, clean pasture and with
no use of artificial supplements, grain or animal by-products (mad
cow disease is transmitted via cows eating animal by-products).
Your grass farmer should be committed to using NO herbicides, NO pesticides, NO
hormone implants, NO antibiotics.
Cattle must be moved directly from pasture to processor with no stop in a feedlot.
The incidence of E.coli is dramatically reduced in cattle raised on forage and
mad cow is not an issue with forage-raised beef.
Make sure your beef is processed in a plant that takes pride in processing each
animal one at a time... not the big, high speed, factory assembly-line processing
plants. This will contribute greatly to the purity of your beef.
Your beef should be processed in a USDA inspected facility whose HACCP protocol
is of the highest standard. Also, this processor should use NO chemical baths,
NO chlorine and NO irradiation for treating your beef... a common process in large
assembly line operations.
Choose a grass farmer who adheres to high ethical standards in the humane treatment
of livestock. Raising cattle as they were intended to be raised... on open pasture,
not in confined pens full of mud and manure.
Your grass farmer should incorporate genetics, grazing management protocol, and
low stress handling of the animals in concern for the high quality of the beef
produced and the consistency of quality.
Your grass fed beef should be dry aged for tenderness and flavor enhancement.
Grass fed beef needs dry aging for the full experience of gourmet beef.
Your grass farmer should be committed to a management protocol with the greatest
of concern for the environmental integrity of the land. They should practice rotational
grazing which naturally replaces the nutrients removed from the soil.
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