Our goal in raising animals on pasture is to provide healthy, flavorful meat for you and your family. You will have peace of mind knowing the meat you purchase was raised humanely, with respect, and without any antibiotics or hormones.
Benefits for our Cattle: Our Corriente cattle enjoy the ability to roam and graze on our ranch located in the small town of Mount Pleasant, Utah. With over 200 acres of grass, trees and fresh water, our cattle live a life in stark contrast to those raised commercially in feed lots.
"Animals raised in factory farms are given diets designed to boost their productivity and lower costs. The main ingredients are genetically modified grain and soy that are kept at artificially low prices by government subsidies. To further cut costs, the feed may also contain “by-product feedstuff” such as municipal garbage, stale pastry, chicken feathers, and candy. Until 1997, U.S. cattle were also being fed meat that had been trimmed from other cattle, in effect turning herbivores into carnivores. This unnatural practice is believed to be the underlying cause of BSE or “mad cow disease.
A high-grain diet can cause physical problems for ruminants—cud-chewing animals such as cattle, dairy cows, goats, bison, and sheep. Ruminants are designed to eat fibrous grasses, plants, and shrubs—not starchy, low-fiber grain. When they are switched from pasture to grain, they can become afflicted with a number of disorders, including a common but painful condition called “subacute acidosis.” Cattle with subacute acidosis kick at their bellies, go off their feed, and eat dirt. To prevent more serious and sometimes fatal reactions, the animals are given chemical additives along with a constant, low-level dose of antibiotics. Some of these antibiotics are the same ones used in human medicine. When medications are overused in the feedlots, bacteria become resistant to them. When people become infected with these new, disease-resistant bacteria, there are fewer medications available to treat them." (eatwild.com)
During the harder winter months our cattle are brought closer to home to our family farm in West Jordan, Utah. There they are fed a diet of alfalfa hay harvested from our fields during the summer. As the weather warms in the spring, they begin again to pasture on grass with a supplement of hay. Never are they given any grain. All their feed is 100% natural.
Benefits for our Poultry: Our chickens, kept on our farm in West Jordan, Utah, have approximately one half acre of pasture to enjoy. Commercial chickens are arguably the most abused animals in the food production industry. Living in deplorable conditions, they grow at such a rapid rate it leads to health problems such as heart attacks and weak or broken legs. Some never see the light of day, kept inside dark warehouses twenty-four hours a day.
"Most of the nation’s chickens, turkeys, and pigs are also being raised in confinement. Typically, they suffer an even worse fate than the grazing animals. Tightly packed into cages, sheds, or pens, they cannot practice their normal behaviors, such as rooting, grazing, and roosting. Laying hens are crowded into cages that are so small that there is not enough room for all of the birds to sit down at one time. An added insult is that they cannot escape the stench of their own manure." (eatwild.com)
We supply both our laying and meat chickens with lush, green grass and all-natural poultry feed. Our chickens are able to scratch, roost, forage and spread their wings outdoors in the sunshine or stretch out in their coop.
Benefits for you: In addition to a superior flavor over store-bought meat, the health benefits of grass-fed meat are substantial. "A major benefit of raising animals on pasture is that their products are healthier for you. For example, compared with feedlot meat, meat from grass-fed beef, bison, lamb and goats has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. It also has more vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and a number of health-promoting fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and 'conjugated linoleic acid', or CLA. Furthermore, they do not contain traces of added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs." (eatwild.com)
Benefits for all of us: When you purchase grass-fed meat you are helping the environment and supporting your local farmer. The large, commercialized feedlots and processing facilities from which the majority of meat comes from contribute to our ever-growing problem of air, water and land pollution. By raising the animals on grass this problem disappears. You also support small family farms in your local community and help us sustain this way of life so we may pass it on to future generations.
We look forward to being your farmer and know that you will love our truly all-natural, humanely raised meat. To order, simply click here.