Facts & Questions
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Grass fed beef is beef that have been fed grass and forage at some point in their life. FACT: All beef can be considered grass fed. This misleading term has allowed many farmers to promote their beef as ‘grass fed’ even though they still grain finish their cattle the last 90-120 days before harvesting.
Grass finished beef is beef that has been fed grass and forage the last few months of it’s life (at a minimum). Most grass finished beef have also been grass fed all their life.
Pasture-raised beef is beef that has been allowed forage outdoors in open pastures for its daily life.
Yes, it is the best of everything. Our ample open pastures allow our beef to graze year round from weaning til harvesting, supplementing with hay from our own fields and alfalfa only when necessary.
Grass finished beef are allowed to forage in pastures or given grass/hay/silage the last months of its life as opposed to being given grain like conventional beef. This changes the taste, texture, and nutrients in the beef and therefore, the nutrients that your body receives.
Almost all grass fed beef at the store is imported (mainly from Australia) even if it says ‘Product of USA.’ Not knowing what measures were used to raise the beef and transport it to the U.S. are important factors. TLC Beef are raised locally in Central Missouri and graze on our open pastures year round with additional alfalfa and self-produced hay offered in the winter as needed.
No. Grass fed beef can still be finished on grain in feedlots big or small. Even grass finished beef can be kept indoors and fed a continuous stream of hay and supplements.
Short answer: yes.
Extra Omega-3: Grass fed beef contains as much as three times more Omega-3 (good fats found in oily fish) than grain fed beef. This aids prevention of depression and cancer, whilst lowering blood pressure.
More CLA: CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is 300%-400% higher in grass fed cuts. This is a nutrient associated with lowering heart disease and cancer risk, as well as reducing body fat and maintaining lean body mass.
Vitamins A & E: Grass fed beef is rich in Vitamin A and E, which help strengthen the immune system and maintain healthy skin and eyes. Vitamin E is actually four times higher in grass fed meat than grain fed.
Antioxidants: There are plenty of antioxidants to take advantage of too. Grass fed meat is jam-packed with carotenoids such as beta-carotene which are sourced from the pigments in the greens that the animals eat.
Fewer Calories: Grass fed beef is naturally leaner without all that unnecessary grain.
Yes. Unfortunately, most feedlot cattle are given a steady stream of antibiotics, usually tylosin, to prevent abscesses on the liver due to their high-calorie, grain intense diet. Grass finished, pasture raised beef do not have these issues and therefore routine antibiotics are simply not needed.
Grass finishing offers multiple environmental benefits including restoring soil microbial diversity and making the land more resilient to flooding and drought. It can boost the nutrient content and flavor of livestock and plants. And because grasses trap atmospheric carbon dioxide, the grass-fed system can also help fight climate change. There’s no need to plant and process tons of grain (which are mostly gmo).
Our cattle are treated with tender, loving care. We interfere as little as possible in their daily lives, while still providing for their needs. This allows our cattle to live low stress, easy going lives while free grazing in our open pastures. We have received many comments about how calm and friendly our cattle are.
- Choose your product(s).
- Check for delivery and/or shipping availability.
- Place order.
- You’ll receive an email with an estimated delivery date.
A quarter side of beef (also called a split half) is approximately 100 lb of beef. A half side is approximately 200 lb and a whole is approximately 400 lb. On average they each include 30% steaks, 45% ground beef, 20% roasts, and 5% of cuts such as briskets, tenderloins, liver, etc.
NOTE: Not every type of cut is included in your order due to multiple types coming from the same area of the beef. The most frequently used cuts are included in your order, but specific cuts are available upon request.
- Quarter Beef/75 lb, we recommend 2-3 cubic feet
- Half Beef/150 lb, we recommend 4-5 cubic feet
- Whole Beef/300 lb, we recommend 9-10 cubic feet
All our beef products are vacuum sealed for long lasting freshness up to 12 months.
Since grass fed is lower in fat than grain fed, the most important tip is to keep the meat moist.
~ Use ingredients that will add moisture such as chopped onions, shredded carrots or zucchini, sundried tomatoes, cheese and many more.
~ Lower the temperature on the stove/grill or 50° in the oven, as grass fed cooks quicker.
~ Preheat your cooking surface.
~ Coat your pan or grill with a little bit of cooking oil so your beef doesn’t stick.
~ Don’t poke your meat! This releases the tasty juices into the pan. Use tongs instead.
~ Check for doneness about 30% earlier, as grass fed is best served medium-rare to medium.
~ Let the beef sit covered in a warm place for 8-10 minutes after removing from heat to let the juices redistribute. This will also allow the internal temp rise another 5-10 degrees.
Our ground beef is 80-90% lean.
While we follow the standards for certified grass fed and most of the standards for organic, it is very cost prohibitive to become certified at this time. However, you are welcome to schedule a farm visit anytime and see our practices first-hand.
The FSIS regulates food labeling and at this time, requires costly certification in order to put specific terms on labels. Instead of having to pass that cost on to you, we offer you transparency. Ask any questions you have or come see our farming practices first-hand.
We process beef year round and orders are filled based on availability. You will receive an email confirmation of your order with an estimated delivery date. One day shipping boxes are sent out on Mondays. Bulk order deliveries within 125 miles of Salem, MO 65560 are arranged on a per order basis.
Our beef is processed at a family-owned, USDA inspected facility in Central Missouri who have been in business for 50 years.
We make every effort to ensure you are satisfied with your purchase. Due to the variables in storing, handling, and cooking food items, we do not offer refunds.
Currently we offer free delivery within 125 miles of Salem, MO 65560, but do not offer shipping.
Yes! We offer free 1-day shipping on our Boxes if you are within the 1-day Fed-Ex shipping radius of 65560. Bulk orders are delivered free of charge within 125 miles of Salem, MO 65560. If you are outside the radius, please contact us for delivery arrangements prior to placing an order.