Herbivores in nature exhibit three characteristics: Herding for predator protection, movement daily onto fresh forage and away from yesterday's droppings, and a diet consisting of forage only (no dead animals, no chicken manure, no grain, and no fermented forage).
Our goal is to approximate this natural "template" as closely as possible.
Have you ever wandered into your favorite juice bar and ordered a shot of wheat grass juice?
Most likely you did this because of the health benefits (not the taste).
The health benefits are vast indeed: Wheatgrass contains 103 vitamins and minerals, inlcuding vitamins A, C, D, K, B-complex, and chlorophyll. Wheatgrass purifies the blood and removes harmful toxins from the body.
Wheatgrass purifies the liver. Wheatgrass rebuilds the bloodstream. Wheatgrass detoxifies the body.
Organic Wheatgrass is just one of the many organic forages that our cows feast on every day.
Our cows eat a "salad bar" buffet of Organic Watermelon and Butternut Squash plants, Alfalfa, Wheat Grasses and other forages. They are moved to a new pasture paddock roughly every day, and stay herded tightly with portable electric fencing.
This natural model heals the land, thickens the forage, reduces weeds, stimulates earthworms, reduces pathogens, and increases the nutritional qualities in the meat.
Sage Mountain Beef provides a very good source of protein and vitamin B12 and a good source of selenium, zinc, iron, phosphorus and other B vitamins without the concern for pesticide, hormone and antibiotic residues.
Whenever possible, look for lean beef from cows that have been "grass-fed", or if you're lucky enough to live close to Sage Mountain Beef, you and your family can enjoy "Green-Fed©" beef, a variety that is superior to both "grass-fed", and "grain-fed".
Pasture grasses and other forages are the most natural foods for cows and other ruminant animals. From a health standpoint, there's no question that cows do better on these natural foods than on grain-based feeds.
Special Note: Our beef is not "Certified" organic. However, because our Steers are allowed to roam freely, eat organic grasses (and other forages, such as vegetable plants), and are free of hormones and antibiotic residues, there is no practical difference. In fact, our beef may very well be nutritionally superior to most "Certifed" organic beef.
Too much grain-feeding can cause excess formation of gas in the digestive tract of the cow and pose serious health risks. When cows are given the opportunity to follow a diet composed of their natural foodstuffs, they are much healthier.
Not surprisingly, the meat they provide as food is much healthier as well.
Another Special Note: Cows are herbivores, not omnivores; that is why we will never feed them dead cows like the United States Department of Agriculture has encouraged. (Live cows eating dead cows was the alleged cause of the spread of "Mad Cow" disease.)
Green-Fed© beef have been shown to contain more zinc and vitamin B12 than grain-fed beef, less total fat than grain-fed beef, and greater amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid).
The differences in Green-Fed© and grain-fed beef are greatest when ample grazing time is allowed for the cows, and when the pasture land used for grazing provides high-quality forages and grasses.