100% Grassfed and Finished Beef
Our beef is produced entirely on grass and is therefore the healthiest beef you can buy. Below are the elements and benefits of our production system, but don’t take our word for it — come out and see for yourself!
- Our cows are Angus/ Hereford/ Devon bred to do well on a grass only diet.
- We utilize a management-intensive grazing system in which the cows are moved daily onto fresh pasture and aren’t returned to that same pasture until it has had time to recover completely. The result is a method that promotes fertile soils and eliminates erosion.
- The only feed supplement our cows receive are natural minerals and sea kelp to increase fertility and general health. There are no added grains, antibiotics or hormones used in the production of our beef. Beef produced using only grass contains higher levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs) than conventional grain fed beef. Omega-3s and CLAs have been linked to reduced risk of heart disease, some cancers and adult onset diabetes.
- Cows are prevented from grazing on wetlands or near water sources, reducing potential for pollution.
- We sell locally, whereas, the average conventionally-produced steak travels 1000 miles before reaching your table. Beef is dry-aged for 14-21 days before processing to ensure tenderness.
Thanks to all who helped with our cattle drive in 2009! What a success! Please view a great photo gallery taken by our friend John Hadden:http://gallery.me.com/johnnylion1#100098. Stay tuned for this years event!
What’s The Difference?
|Maple Wind Beef||Conventional Beef|
|No vaccinations||Vaccinations (immuno-depressant)|
|Late spring calving||Winter calving — stress|
|No antibiotics or growth hormones||Daily doses of antibiotics & hormones|
|Compost and natural soil amendments||Chemical fertilizers|
|Complete prevention of access to wetlands||Generally unlimited access to ponds and streams — fecal contamination|
|Forest fenced out — biodiversity encouraged||Inappropriate grazing areas, forest and steep hillsides|
|Forage feeding — permanent ground cover; no chemicals or tillage||Grain feeding — expensive, erosive ecologically unsound|
|Forage fattened — fat outside muscle and lower saturated fat||Grain fattened — fat inside muscle (marbling) and high saturated fat|
|Local transportation — produced, processed and sold locally||Long distance transport — 1000 miles for average steak in the U.S.|