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Many people are still not sure on whether they should go to the market and buy products that are pasture bred. There is a common saying that goes around that you are what you eat. However, when it comes to animal products the consumer does not pay too much attention to this saying. For them, meat and milk always taste the same irrespective of what you feed the animal.
Pasture and factory bred animals
Geoffrey Morell is the co-founder of The P.A. Bowen Farmstead and he through his farm provides high quality pasture raised dairy products and meat to consumers. Many people are becoming aware and educated with the benefits of pasture farming however he says that there are a large number of people who still do not know what it actually means. He addresses some of the common myths that people think when it comes to pasture bred animals. They believe that they roam and graze in the same way like their ancestors in the wild getting food only during the winters. There is a difference in both their diet and lifestyle that leads to the difference in animal composition affecting the nutritional content, taste and the flavor of the meat that it processes.
There is only one challenge when it comes to pasture is that the animal has reduced fat when compared to grain fed animals. However, the animals that are pasture raised have several fat soluble vitamins as well as CLA that helps in the building of muscles. They are also protected from cancer and this is why it is possible for you to get good quality grass fed steaks when you use the right breed.
Salient features of pasture bred animals
You will find that these pasture bred animals have an absence of hormones and anti-biotics from the animals that have been bred in conventional farms. Factory farms need to give their animals a regular dose of antibiotics. This in turn affects the quality of the meat and the milk. It should also be noted that too many antibiotics will also be harmful primarily due to the bioaccumulation of them in the animal. When it comes to pasture farming, you will note that the use of medication is kept to the minimum and only will be administered to the animal when sick.
Geoffrey Morell also says that there is another key difference when it comes to the quality and the condition of the animal tissues in pasture farms. The animals that are pasture raised are given more exercise. They are bred on nature and this is why they produce better quality meat. The meat is tough when it is cooked well. This means if you are debating on whether to go in for factory meat or pasture meat, it is wise and prudent for you to go in for the latter. In this manner, you effectively are consuming better meat. The flavor is stronger and the meat tougher. The steaks you consume will be more juicer and of course healthy!
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