October 22, 2016

Our Cows

 

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Raising happy cows since 1874…

Our Gelbvieh/Angus cows and calves are summered in the beautiful mountains of southern  Colorado and wintered on the home place in the San Luis Valley. Rotating pastures assure flourishing grasses for both hay cutting and healthy soils.  Our naturally raised cattle are not given growth enhancers or antibiotics and are 100% grass fed. They have never been in a feed lot, only on meadows and fields, drinking mountain water and breathing clean Colorado  air. We look forward to providing you with a delicious and nutritious product that is both good for you and respectful to the earth.


Sustainability

Raising cattle on pasture uses much less fossil fuels that feedlot cattle. There is no fertilizer use because the manure of the grazing animal does it for us. This along with the solar power of the sun and waters of the river keep the grasses green. Transport of the animals to the facility is only one hour; compared with shipping cattle to distant feedlots. The feeding of corn, grain or soy requires fossil-fuel fertilizers, shipping, pesticides and major equipment. The Off Family raises their own hay to feed their cattle. All this is significant in reducing the carbon foot print.


Certifications

The Off Family ranch is audited annually by IMI Global, a third party livestock well being and natural verification company.
Off Family Ranch certifications include:
  • Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Level 4 (Animal welfare/well being rating) –info
  • Age and Source Verification
  • USDA NeverEver3 (Verified Natural-no hormones, antibiotics or animal bi-products feed)
  • Non-Hormone Treated Cattle –info

Nutrition

One of the most noticeable differences between grain-fed and grass-fed beef is that the fat color is significantly more yellow in grass-fed beef. This is due to the anti-oxidant, beta-carotene which is incorporated into the fat from the cattle grazing on grass. Other nutritional benefits of grass-fed beef are the high Vitamin E, Omega-3:Omega 6 fatty acids ratio and “conjugated linoleic acid” or CLA’s content. These properties are linked to healthy brain function, lowering blood pressure, fighting depression and reducing cancer. Grass-fed beef also has 1/2 the saturated fat as grain-fed beef and rivals the fat content of poultry and wild game. Calorie per calorie, lean beef is one of the most nutrient rich foods.


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