Grass-fed: The real pastured facts

Hello REAL Cheese & Butter Community,

It is a joy to see we are moving beyond organic and inquiring about cow careĀ ‘what are the cows eating… grass or grain?’. These great questions based in traceability excite me and reinforce the collective trend towards responsible real food chooses right for YOU, healthier for the animal, and better for the environment.

In the media matrix there are endless health food claims and overwhelming propaganda messages on how to become super-charged… (it’s so tempting to want to drink the cool-aid and take that little purple pill) BUT instead we stand, pledge and bond together making sense of pure, natural sustainable ways.

So in the spirit of cultivating simple straightforward facts, here is my self-proclaimed expert opinion on why grass-fed is far superior compared to conventional grain-fed:

  • Quality (taste & nutrient bio-availability) – Cows absorb more nutrients when they graze on grass which permeate their milk, increasing butterfat content thus optimizing fat soluble vitamins A, D, E & K. Nutrient rich and delicious!
  • Boost in Omega 3 levels – 2-6x more of this essential fatty acid which plays a vital role in all cells, reduces inflammation and protects against disease.
  • 5 x more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) – cows that eat grass have a healthier digestive system so they can produce the bacterium that produce CLA which is a potent antioxidant and shown in studies to reduce body fat mass.
  • Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals – antioxidants such as vit. E and beta carotene (precursor to vit. A) work together in harmony. Darker color = richer flavor = naturally nutrient density. That’s why we look for the deep yellow color found only in grass-fed butter.
  • High levels of newly discovered K2 (or activator X for those Dr. Weston Price followers) – when cows eat lots of fresh grass, their stomach ferments it and turn to Vitamin K which is tied to laying down calcium in the bones and teeth and perhaps even counteracting the calcification of arteries and soft tissues.
  • Happy cows & cow care – Grass-fed cows are less stressed, far healthier (no antibiotics) and re-establish grass lands where they are free.
  • Promotes permaculture – Grazing animals reduce pollution (less need for tractor work), encourages plant bio-diversity, encourages carbon/organic matter development and contributes to soil fertility.

As you can see the real pastured facts point to cows who are allowed to roam and eat freely on grass pastures. So let us praise the pastured Spring Hill Jersey cows and celebrate the upgraded cheese & butter we have connection to!

NOTE: the term “pastured” is not be confused with pasteurized, which is a form of heating. Unpasteurized cheese is coined raw because you’re not heating the milk. Now if you are really looking for a naturally nutrient dense bio-hack… try our raw pastured white cheddar cheese…available NOW!

Thanks for listening and learning!

On grass-fed high,

Rachel