Graze Awhile, on the topic of 100% Grass-fed Beef

February 5, 2021

Hidden Camp Farm is an excellent place to pasture raise a herd of Jersey cattle, to pasture raise Thanksgiving turkeys, and to maintain a pastured flock of laying hens. We are grateful for the bounty of raw milk, delicious poultry, and soy-free eggs that they provide. 

Given that Hidden Camp Farm is also home to several carriage horses and a team of 6 draft horses, there is simply not enough pasture at Hidden Camp Farm - for us to raise all of the products that we offer in the Hidden Camp Farm Store. We take very seriously, the process of sourcing the items that we do not produce ourselves - as we discuss further, below.  

We will only offer 100% Grass Fed Beef, and there are several reasons why: 

  • Animal Welfare: It is natural for ruminants (animals such as cows, sheep, goats, and deer) to graze upon grass and the other edible plant sources they may encounter in a pasture. If these animals do not consume enough roughage, the pH in their internal systems may become too acidic; which can pose a number of health challenges. Compared to crowded feedlots, pastures provide less stressful environments for the animals to mature. 
  • Environmental Impact: When rotational grazing methods are utilized, the health of the pastures can also improve. Plants are able to establish longer roots, which can in turn help prevent erosion and runoff problems. Pastures that contain more dense greenery also are able to contain more carbon, than feedlots. Preventing additional stresses to our air and water quality are important to our present and our future. 
  • Nutritional Impact: Studies have shown that grass-fed beef contains less saturated fat in the meat, compared to grain fed meat. The composition of the fat available in grass-fed beef, has demonstrated 5 times the amount of healthy omega 3 fatty acids - when compared to grain fed beef. There is also about twice as much CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid. This fatty acid can stimulate fat loss and muscle growth in humans, helping to maintain healthy body composition. Lastly, grass-fed beef has significantly more Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and antioxidants than grain fed beef. 

Breed and proximity are also important to us. 

We believe that certain cattle breeds yield higher quality meats, when strictly consuming grass. Heritage breeds such as Red Devon, are both skilled foragers and well suited for the range of weather our climate exhibits. We are proud to offer beef that is both raised and processed in New York State, and it is important that the animals are suited for our region. We also consider the age of the animal, relevant criteria for our selection process. 

A skilled butcher further honors the animal, by maximizing the variety of products available. 

Hidden Camp Farm is pleased to have recently begun working with an alumnus of the famed Fleishers Craft Butchery. The “nose to tail” approach taught by Fleishers, ensures that we receive an excellent amount of meat from the animal as well as a great variety of individual cuts. You may notice several cuts of beef in our farm store that we have not previously offered. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding which muscle group the meat comes from, or how to best prepare them. 

Click here to browse the selection of 100% Grass-fed Beef available in the Hidden Camp Farm Store.

John King

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