What Makes our Beef Better?

Kevin C.What makes the Beef you buy at our stores better? Is it the Butcher or the beef? We know it’s the beef (although our Meat Specialists are the best around). We did our homework and we took the guessing game out of play when it comes to selecting beef. We choose to offer Certified Hereford Beef because of the Superior Genetic Traits and the consistent results we receive each and every time that you, our Guest, purchases this Brand of Beef. Continue reading “What Makes our Beef Better?”

Grain Fed VS. Grass Fed Beef

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Interest in grass fed beef is on the rise. As we hear more and more about the benefits of this ‘old fashioned’ way of raising cattle, we wonder if it is worth the extra cost at the grocery store.

Almost all beef calves begin their lives drinking milk from their mothers and learning to eat grasses and plants in the pasture where they roam. When the calf is approximately eight to twelve months old, the conventionally raised calf is moved to a feedlot (confined feeding) where they are fattened up on grains—soy and/or corn. The grains fatten up the animal much faster than grass so it can be slaughtered sooner.

In contrast, the grass fed steer or heifer continues to roam the pasture eating grass in the summer and hay that was grown on nearby fields in the winter for the remainder of its life—usually about 24 months. The grass fed brand that we sell at Coborn’s, Thousand Hills Cattle Company, receives no artificial growth hormones, antibiotics and no GMO feed. Note that there is a difference between “pasture raised” (beginning its life on grass and later put on grains) and “100% grass fed and finished” (never fed grains).

The grain fed steer are, more times than not, given growth hormone drugs to make them grow faster. Antibiotics are also typically administered to keep them from getting sick plus it increases daily gains—making it irresistible for Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO or feedlots). Many also believe these practices produce better marbling and a juicier meat.

The most notable difference between the two types of beef are seen in the fatty acid composition, mainly in Omega-3’s and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA,); grass fed contains 35 grams more Omega-3’s per serving than conventionally raised and more CLA than grain fed beef.

No matter how you look at it or what type of beef you choose to eat, red meat is very nutrient dense. Beef contains most of all nutrients humans need to sustain a healthy life: Vitamins B12, B6, B3, Iron, Selenium and Zinc. Also, Creatine and Carnosine, both of which are necessary for good brain function and muscle development.

How the two are raised also has an impact on our environment. This, however, is a deep and heady discussion that would be good to engage in another blog, but should be considered by all consumers of beef.

At Coborn’s, we offer both types of beef. In the Meat Department you can find our locally raised 100% Certified Hereford Beef and the Natural Foods Department carries locally produced Thousand Hills Cattle Company‘s 100% Grass Fed Beef (Cannon Falls, MN).

Make this nutritious food a regular part of your diet and be sure to properly cook your beef to the recommended 160°F.

Learn more about beef at beef.org

Coborn’s Natural Foods Manager, Clearwater, MN

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Buy Local – Thousand Hills Cattle Company

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Here we are in the middle of a beautiful Minnesota summer.  Everyone is trying to make the most of it before the snow flies again!  And a big part of that is enjoying backyard grilling with your family.  More and more people are starting to think about where their meat is coming from and the impact it can have on health.  That is one of the many reasons we are so proud to offer our customers 100% Grass Fed Beef from Thousand Hills Cattle Company.

If you have read my blog before, you may know that my #1 passion is local.  It is all about the relationships.  It is about what our important food dollars support and where that dollar ends up.  One of the Thousand Hills farmers, Matt Maier, raises his cattle outside of Clearwater.  Now that’s local!  Have a question on how the cattle are raised?  I can get that answer from Matt!  That can’t be said for just any food product.  Matt and I recently found ourselves coincidentally on the same flight from Chicago back to St. Cloud and were able to do some brainstorming about a promotion in our stores.  It’s another great example of the importance of relationships.

I know you all want more of a reason to buy this meat than just the local appeal, don’t you?  Check out the Thousand Hills website for all the research into the health benefits of 100% Grass Fed Beef.  This isn’t just my opinion; there’s a lot of science behind increasing your consumption of Omega-3, which you will find in this beef, as well as in yogurt and milk, and all of which you can find in our stores.

When you add in all the benefits to the cows, you have to be sold.  I’m known around here for my obsession with cows.  Photos of cows that provide us with Dreaming Cow Yogurt and Organic Valley Milk adorn my office. I’m especially fond of the one of me feeding the calf!  I want these cows to be happy!  I am certain that when cows get to live freely on grass pastures, and not in feedlots, they are happier and less stressed.  They are ruminants and were meant to eat grass, not corn.

Of course, it has to taste good, too.  And Thousand Hills beef tastes amazing.  You will find it popping up in more and more top-notch restaurants around the state because of the high quality of the product.  You can have that restaurant quality right in your own backyard, with no tipping!

My 13-year-old son apparently listens to me occasionally.  He was recently shopping with Grandma and she was talking about the price of something.  He quoted me by saying, “The one thing you should be willing to pay more for is what your put in your body.”  I really believe that.  We all have budgetary considerations, but what can be more important than what we eat and feed our families?  I don’t eat meat every day, but when I do, I buy Thousand Hills.  It is important to me to know how it is raised and processed and how it impacts our environment and our health.

Oh, yeah….and it’s local!  Did I mention how important that is to me?