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Breezy Hill Farm Update Apr. 8, 2018

Posted 4/8/2018 7:21pm by Art Ozias.


  • I have a extra half of a Dirt Hog, $1/#, about 100#, plus processing costs. Let me know.
  • Martins returned this past week.  With the snow today they may have come a week early.  It was just the scouts, so hopefully this next week the rest will show.
  • We have scheduled the next ground beef  for April 21.  If you want to be added to the list be sure to email me this week.  There is a 10 pound minimum.   The cost has increased to $5.50 as the processor has increased their costs for this year.

More Benefits of Grass Fed Farming

Grass fed animal products are not only better for the environment, they're better for the animals and public health. Levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) increase by two- to threefold when cattle are grass finished as opposed to grain finished, for instance.16

This is a significant benefit, as CLA is associated with a lower risk of cancer and heart disease and optimized cholesterol levels. The ratio of dietary fats is also healthier in grass fed beef. According to Back to Grass: The Market Potential for U.S. Grassfed Beef, a report produced by a collaboration between sustainable agriculture and ecological farming firms:

Grass fed meat is also higher in antioxidants like vitamins E and A, the report noted, along with the enzymes superoxide dismutase and catalase, which mop up free radicals that could otherwise hasten oxidation and spoilage. Grain feeding cows also encourages the growth of E. coli in the animals' gut, as it leads to a more acidic environment. Grain-fed cows live in a state of chronic inflammation, which increases their risk of infection and disease, and necessitates low doses of antibiotics in feed for disease-prevention purposes.18

This isn't the case with grass fed cattle, which stay naturally healthy as they're allowed access to pasture, sunshine and the outdoors. In a Consumer Reports study of 300 raw ground beef samples, grass fed beef raised without antibiotics was three times less likely to be contaminated with multidrug-resistant bacteria compared to conventional (CAFO) samples.19

The grass fed beef was also less likely to be contaminated with E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus than the CAFO meat. So while giving you more nutrition, you're also less likely to be exposed to drug-resistant pathogens when eating grass fed food.

How to Find High-Quality Grass Fed Products

The majority of animal foods sold in the U.S. are raised on CAFOs, not grass fed farms. You can make a significant difference in your health and that of the environment and local community by seeking out foods from small farmers using AMP grazing and other regenerative agriculture practices.

For those who live in the local area will appreciate this article as we have/are enduring the tired talking points from the usual ag organizations about “feeding the world” and jobs. I'm referring to the proposed CAFO of 6999 cattle near Powell Gardens. I guess the ones on the pro side have forgotten what happened to the chicken and pork producers.

Oh yes, we are still grazing and finishing beef on grass, weeds, legumes and whatever else is in our pastures.


Art Ozias

(660) 656-3409