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. Grass feeding improves the overall quality, nutrition and taste of beef. Bite into an Estancia burger or steak and you can taste the terroir, the grasslands where our animals are raised, the fertile earth and year-round rainfall. Just like with wine, olive oil, and honey, the food our animals eat and the land where they roam comes out in the flavor of their meat.
Estancia beef has a complex, beefy flavor, with none of the mouth-coating, buttery residue that grain fed beef often leaves behind. It finishes clean and leaves you feeling satisfied but light, more like the way you feel after eating fish. We wet age the beef for 25 days so it arrives to consumers at its peak of flavor. The taste of our beef has been described as “bright”, “clean”, and “beefy”. 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. It’s low in fat and cholesterol, but high in healthy compounds like omega-3 fatty acids, CLA’s (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) and Vitamins A and E. 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 makes sense that a healthy animal would have healthy meat. 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!