Grass fed beef comes from happy cattle who graze freely in a pasture all year-round where as non-grass fed beef is fed a processed diet. Bite into an Estancia steak and you can taste the terroir, the grasslands where our animals are raised, the fertile earth and year-round rainfall.
Estancia beef has a more beefy flavor, with none of the mouth-coating, buttery residue that grain fed beef often leaves behind. We wet age the beef for 25 days so it arrives to consumers at its peak of flavor. People have said that biting into an Estancia steak is like tasting complex wine after years of cheap wine. It’ll change you.
More and more studies are showing the health benefits of grass fed beef. There is increasing evidence that beef loses healthy attributes when cattle are fed grain diets and their movement is restricted in feedlots. Grass fed beef has about half the fat and cholesterol of grain fed beef. Additionally, the fat found in grass fed beef is 41% mono-unsaturated (like olive oil).
Grass fed beef is sustainable because it relies on solar power, rainfall, photosynthesis, and natural composting of animal waste to enrich the soil. Our ranches have the ideal ecosystem to support cattle, whereas the beef produced in feedlots is harmful to the environment, creating dead-zones, waste pools, toxic run-off, and attracts deadly pathogens.
Scientists are still working to figure out why a grass diet and free-range grazing makes such a difference in the health benefits of the meat produced by cattle raised that way. It’s less expensive to raise beef in feedlots, but it’s not as good for you as beef that comes from happy, healthy animals grazing fresh grass!