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RSS By: Randy Kuhn, Beef Today

Our family farming history began with my great-great-... (nine generations ago) grandfather Johannes. He, his wife and three children left Saxony, Germany, on April 20, 1734, aboard the ship St. Andrew, mastered by Capt. John Stedman. They landed at Philadelphia on Sept. 22 and eventually settled our family’s first "New World" farm near Society Run in Frederick Township, Montgomery County, Pa., in 1743. Pig farming was our family’s specialty until the mid 1950s. A lot has changed since then. Our BQA cow–calf operation includes 100% grass-fed registered Red Angus, Hereford and purebred Beefalo; 30 to 35 pastured Duroc and Spot pigs; 100 Freedom Ranger broilers; and 90 Golden Comet and Buff Orpington layers. We organically maintain 80 acres, comprising 15 acres in rotational pastures, 15 acres in tillable cropland, and alfalfa/mixed grass hay on the balance. We have never used chemical pesticides or herbicides on our pastures or hay fields. We are not a "certified" organic farming operation, but we prefer the natural/organic approach to help promote sustainability.

100% Grass-fed Perfection

May 05, 2012

BEEFALO = 100% Grass-fed Perfection

 

BEEFALO is an all-American breed of cattle developed by crossing the American bison or buffalo

with domestic cattle breeds.

   The general hope when crossing two breeds is to produce calves which have the best attributes of both parents. This doesn't always happen and sometimes it's the more undesirable traits that appear. But in the case of BEEFALO, the outcome of crossing bovines and bison is always positive.  The bison genetics provide hardiness, ease of calving (small birth weights), meat quality and a wider variance of foraging abilities while the domestic breed genetics provided the fertility, better milk production and a docile temperament.  In addition, hybrid vigor and genetic strength were passed on to the offspring.

   There are several domestic bovine breeds currently being used to produce BEEFALO.  Older established breeds such as Angus, Brahman and Hereford are used as are some newer breeds which are themselves the result of crossbreeding such as Droughtmaster and Brangus.  On our farm we have Red Angus Beefalo, Hereford Beefalo and Charolais Beefalo.  Pure-blood Beefalo are 3/8 bison and 5/8 bovine.  If an animal has more than 3/8 bison it is known as a 'bison hybrid'.

Why we chose BEEFALO

   American bison are the original masters of 100% Grass-foraging and can thrive on land which would not be considered for "domestic" cattle.  Over time, severe climatic conditions such as famine and drought have produced genetically sound and physically tough animals.  Although Beefalo calves are small at birth, they are vigorous. They begin grazing at a relatively early age and grow more quickly than their domestic bovine counterparts.  Sexual maturity occurs later than in some European breeds such as Angus, but they then reproduce over a longer period, bearing more calves in their lifespan.  Our oldest Beefalo cow is 13 years old and still producing health vigorous calves.

Some of the more outstanding features of the BEEFAO are:

  • Hardiness – the double coats and more numerous sweat glands of the beefalo (most of them) gives them greater tolerance of both hot and cold conditions.
  • Lower production costs – a strong constitution, resistance to disease, adaptability, longevity and foraging abilities mean less money and time spent on husbandry issues.
  • Resistance to disease
  • Faster growth rates – Beefalo calves begin to graze at a younger age than bovine calves thus weight gain is faster.
  • Longer productive life – Beefalo females can be expected to raise at least fourteen calves during their productive life.
  • Cross breeding – hybrid vigor is increased by using Beefalos in a cross-breeding program. The offspring will be tougher with heavier weaning weights, greater longevity and greater resistance to disease.
  • Lower fat ratios – Beefalo cattle have lower levels of cholesterol and fats. The meat has a higher protein level, less calories and lower levels of total fats and saturated fats.
  • Less calving problems – lower birth weights would seem to indicate that weaning and yearling weights would not be acceptable but because Beefalo calves start grazing early, good weights are obtained at an early age. Depending on the domestic breed, birth weights can be anywhere between 45 and 85 pound.
  • Good conversion – the bison factor results in good conversion of even poor quality roughage into meat.
  • A quieter disposition inherited from domestic cattle means the beefalo is easier to handle.


Read more about BEEFALO at: http://www.TheKuhnFamilyFarm.com

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Ric Ohge - Belmond, IA
This is an article from Natural News today-it looks like the Vegans are retreating:
naturalnews.com printable article
Originally published May 8 2012


Four great reasons to eat organic, grass-fed beef
by Scott Morefield

(NaturalNews) Vegetarians and vegans can put up quite the convincing argument when it comes to what they are passionate about - not eating meat. Several have even appeared on this site. With all due respect to them, in the interest of fairness there is another side to the story. Humans are omnivores designed to use both animals and plants as food. Entirely removing one or the other can not only be detrimental to human health, but, if done on a mass scale, could even have environmental consequences.

While everyone certainly has the right to freedom of conscience and one could go about making a credible case against eating meat from a humane perspective, it should be noted that many of the health-related arguments are essentially straw-men set up for an easy knock-down. For example, conventional, factory-farmed beef today is full of antibiotics, tumors, and growth hormones (not to mention ammonia laced pink-slime in some cases), all of which have an ill-effect on human health. Making an argument against beef by bringing up the many health dangers related to consuming the artificial toxins therein is akin to saying one should not ever swim in water because chlorine can be harmful. What does the excess chlorine in the local YMCA swimming pool have to do with swimming in a clean lake? So, of course, any argument in favor of beef (or meat in general) assumes it is organic and fed as nature intended.



Here are four great reasons to consume organic, grass-fed beef.
There are certainly more, but these are a great start.

1.) Beef is full of the fats humans need.

Fat can be a good thing! About half the fat found in beef is oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. The fat in beef that is saturated has been shown to decrease heart-attack risk by lowering bad cholesterol (LDL).

Beef is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, cancer fighting compounds that can play a tremendous role in overall cellular health as well as brain development. Further, grass-fed animals are richer in omega-3 than grain-fed because sixty percent of the fat content of grass is made up of omega-3.

2.) Beef is full of the proteins humans need.

Proteins are essential for life. Unlike plants, beef and other animal foods are a source of 'complete protein,' because they contain all the essential amino acids that the human body needs for life, yet can't produce on its own. While these amino acids can be derived from plants, it takes the proper combinations and proportions to consume what the body needs and can easily digest from meats.

3.) Beef is full of many important nutrients humans need.

Beef is a one-stop-shop, a rich source of B vitamins, zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium, etc.

4.) Grass-fed beef is good for the environment.

Grass-fed cows that are rotationally grazed, or moved from one area of the pasture to another, actually improve overall biomass by only eating the grass stem instead of the whole stalk, allowing the grass to grow back faster. Thus, cows convert something that humans cannot consume, grass, into something useful. Since grass is nurtured by the sun, cows essentially convert the sun's energy into food energy for humans!

Further, the moderate trampling the rotating pasture endures creates rich humus by working manure and organic matter back into the soil, creating a healthier, more vibrant grass with roots that help retain microbes and water, thus keeping more carbon dioxide underground.

So, in a way, eating organic, grass-fed beef can help save the planet. Now that's one Green initiative we can all stick our forks into!

Sources for this article include:

http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/saturated_fat/Beef.php
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1953692,00.html
htt​p://www.americangrassfedbeef.com/grass-fed-natural-beef.asp
http://www.livestrong.com/article/52929-​eating-meat/

About the author:
Scott is a blogger, writer, and researcher, primarily focused on how to raise healthy kids despite a system and status quo that makes it as difficult as possible. He and his wife, Kim, live in the hills of east Tennessee with their four small children. He holds an MBA from East Tennessee State University. Scott and Kim blog about parenting, marriage, healthy lifestyle, nutrition, and homesteading at www.amorefieldlife.com.
3:41 PM May 8th
 

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