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Open Gate: Redtail Farms Day

August 3, 2016
Redtail Farms
Castor, Alberta, Canada

Are you interested in nutrient-dense food for you and your family?
 
Are you a farmer or livestock producer interested in learning how to successfully transfer ownership of your farm or ranch to the younger generation?
 
Do you want to learn how we can heal our land with a healthier food system?

Our Redtail Farms Day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers.

Come and be a part of this on-the-ground learning day and help strengthen your local foodshed. Because we all have a stake in the way our food is grown. 

Learn more and register.


Thank You to our Collaborators & Outreach Partners:

 

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Healing Desert Rivers with Holistic Management

landThere was an interesting article about Holistic Management practitioner Paul Schwennesen by Sandra Postel on the National Geographic site. The Schwennesens are long-time Holistic Management practitioners and Paul took over operations on the Double Check Ranch from his father about 10 years ago. The ranch abutts part of the San Pedro River and Paul is working with the Arizona Land and Water Trust to see if he can reduce his water use by 20-30% through improving the water cycle function on his land. He’s working to increase organic matter so he can hold more water. More than 300 migratory birds fly along the San Pedro, so what is good for the river is also good for these birds. In turn, Paul gets compensated for the water saved. If this experiment shows promise, there may be more opportunity for ranchers to earn money by saving water through good grazing practices. To learn more about how to implement Holistic Planned Grazing, download our Holistic Grazing e-book for free.

Director of Agriculture Position Open in Ohio

greenacresGreenacres Foundation is a educational farm using Holistic Management near Cincinnati, Ohio. They are currently looking for a Director of Agriculture.

The Greenacres Director of Agriculture will be a strategic thought-partner and report to the Greenacres Chief Operating Officer.  The ideal candidate is an experienced practitioner of Holistic Management and grass based sustainable agriculture  with proven experience leading and developing a team that manages all sustainable agriculture production.  This position manages cattle, poultry, sheep, equine, pastures, crop and hay production, sustainable agriculture and research.

This position will play a critical role in partnering with other senior leaders to develop a long term strategic plan as well as other operational improvements that will enable Greenacres to continue to grow and build capacity.  This is a tremendous opportunity for a Holistic Management Agriculture leader to maximize and strengthen the capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization.

Given the dynamic nature of the Greenacres Foundation Property and Mission, in addition to standard duties, this position may be called on to assist in any activity that may further the Mission of the Greenacres Foundation.

Responsibilities

Agricultural Management:

  • Responsible for the daily planning, organization, supervision and administration of the Farm.
  • Delivers leadership to Greenacres agriculture departments: Livestock, Vegetable Production and oversee Agriculture Research.
  • Analyze and present data in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annually on goals.
  • Works with the agriculture managers to create and manage enterprise budgets. Review all plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; keep the senior leadership team abreast of the Agriculture team’s results.
  • Responsible for long term planning, operations, marketing and development of agriculture businesses. One of the long term goals is for Greenacres  to become a demonstration site for Holistic Management and regenerative agriculture.
  • Build and implement proposals and schedules for vehicles, infrastructure and machinery. Work with property and estate crew managers to complete tasks.
  • Creates and implements production guidelines and protocols consistent with Holistic Management and grass based systems.
  • Develops relationships with vendors to effectively manage and maintain a variety of unique machinery, buildings, infrastructure and production systems.
  • Coordinates and oversees pasture and forage management responsibilities for Equine department.
  • Develops relationships and speaking opportunities with world renowned consultants and presenters.
  • Responsible for managing product through all phases to sales. Ensure that Greenacres is profitable and meets projected financial targets.
  • This position lives on property and is on call 24/7.
  • Review, update and implement all necessary processes and practices as needed to expand Greenacres capacity.
  • Ensure compliance with government regulations and health and safety standards.
  • Effectively communicate and present: projects, data, etc.  to the appropriate stakeholders.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture or related fields.
  • Training in Holistic Management certified through Holistic Management International.
  • Experience in the agriculture sector.
  • Experience in ranching for profit.
  • Proven track record for being a strategic thought partner as well as getting results.
  • Must be able to put a business plan together justifying proposals.
  • Additional qualifications may include an MBA, Master in Agriculture or related degrees.
  • Previous experiences that ensure a deep understanding of grass fed methodologies.
  • At least 7-10 years of overall professional experience.
  • Previous experience working on a farm managing crop, horticultural, livestock, and poultry production.
  • A successful candidate must have a proven record of management using a “Dream It, Sell It, Implement It, Evaluate It” business model.
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Greenacres.

Employment dependent on the ability to pass a physical, drug screen, and Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation fingerprinted background check.

Send a cover letter and résumé to: Greenacres Foundation- Human Resources, 8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242 or by email to [email protected].

 

How to Go From Debt to Profit with Holistic Management

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Cody Sand - native sweet cloverOn Pasture had a great article about how Cody and Deanna Sand have used Holistic Management to go from debt to profit. In just 5 years they went from carrying $20,000 debt to making a profit and having fun doing it. Through learning  about the key decision-making, financial planning, and grazing planning practices, they took a long hard look at some of their production practices and made changes to how they were managing their herd to reduce input and time and allow the animals to work for them.

To learn more about Holistic Financial Planning, check out our free Holistic Financial Planning download or sign up for our Getting Started Online Course in Holistic Financial Planning, starting October 12, 2016.

Measuring Microbes: A New Approach to Soil Testing

GabeBrownSunflowerA recent article on the AgProfessional website talked about how soil testing in the future may include microbial content. This is a great move as researchers like David Johnson of New Mexico State University have shown that while organic matter in soils is an important criteria to determine soil health, the fungal:bacteria ratio is even more important. The higher that ratio (favoring the fungal), the more productive the land. For gardeners one way to accomplish is through a good compost. For large scale farmers and ranchers, another way is through Holistic Planned Grazing. Read about how Gabe Brown increased soil fertility with cover crops, no-till, and Holistic Planned Grazing. Click here, to get a free e-book on Holistic Planned Grazing.

Using Grazing Systems to Produce Healthy Food and Ecosystems

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Open Gate: Walls Farm Day

July 26, 2016
Walls Farm in Alameda, SK, Canada

Our Walls Farm Day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers.

Come and be a part of this on-the-ground learning day and help strengthen your local foodshed. Because we all have a stake in the way our food is grown. 

Learn more and register.


What to Expect

At the Open Gate: Walls Farm Day, you will…

  • Meet the Walls, an award-winning family who raises great beef while stewarding their land for the benefit of the entire community
  • Discover how to keep our water clean and hold more carbon in the soil
  • Identify indicators of good soil and watershed health
  • Learn how to make decisions towards a triple bottom line
  • Practice looking for signs of healthy land and watersheds
  • Discuss soil health benefits through managed grazing
  • Practice assessing forage on the land
  • Have a chance to ask producers who have practiced these techniques
  • Hear how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of regenerative agriculture.

Learn more and register.


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Sponsor This Series

Our Open Gate series offers organizations, agencies and businesses a great opportunity to network with farmers, ranchers and consumers interested in sustainable agricultural ideas, products and services. We offer a variety of affordable Sponsorship Opportunities to connect you with our community. Please email Stephanie von Ancken at stephv(AT)holisticmanagement(DOT)org for more information.

 

South Valley Farmers Grow to Re-Cover Albuquerque

by Stephanie von Ancken

In March, HMI completed Whole Farm/Ranch training with farmers  from the Albuquerque South Valley who are members of the Agricultura Network (ACN).

Starting in Spring of 2015, seventeen ACN farmers participated in Holistic Management International’s Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning series  evening classes with HMI Certified Educator, Kathy Harris.  This March they convened again for two Saturday sessions focusing on Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management.  During this course participants learn about and experience holistic goal setting, on-farm decision testing, ecosystem processes, biological monitoring, crop planning and land planning.

Speakeasy Farms hosted the first session at their one-acre operation. The day started out inside the beautiful and colorful living room of farm owner Jeff Warren where the participants learned about the value of organic matter in soil and the benefits of biodiversity and covered soil.  The group then headed outside to take a look at the soil and followed Kathy through holistic biological monitoring techniques.

The second session was at the Baca Family Connection where Gloria Baca, her husband John and son Alfonso are experimenting with their new hoop houses. Participants learned about the value of long-term planning, the benefits of holistic crop planning and about ways to improve the health of the ecosystem processes on their land. Good discussion was had about the local ecology and Kathy used the recent extreme windstorms the South Valley has been experiencing to segue into discussion about how to plan your land to alleviate wind concerns. After lunch from Pop Fizz, a locally-owned restaurant, NRCS set up a rainwater simulator which demonstrated how the holistic management practices of no-till farming, cover crops and planned grazing benefit soil health and improve the water cycle on cropland and rangeland.

Dan Bloedel, Chad Dunnahoo, and Ana Gomes from the local NRCS office demonstrate runoff and infiltration of rainfall on differently managed land.

Both sessions were successful and sunny experiences for all! Many of the participants have already started making positive changes on their land. One said he ordered cover crop seeds the very next day!

The 9 participants that completed post-program surveys managed 28.5 acres combined. There was a 100% satisfaction rating with the course and there was interest expressed in learning more about Holistic Management.

In the 2010 Census the Albuquerque South Valley was noted as having 25.9% of its population below the poverty line. Since 2012 ACN has been working to provide fresh produce to the low-income community through their CSA program, La Cosecha.  In 2015, ACN farmers provided more than 200 families with weekly bags of fresh produce.

Certified Educator Kathy Harris and Program Assistant Stephanie von Ancken thoroughly enjoyed working with and getting to know the local producers of such a worthy project. La Cosecha is a Spanish word that means ‘the harvest’ or ‘the gathering of’ making it an appropriate name for this project; harvesting nutritious food while gathering together the community.

 

Outcomes % of participants
Do you intend to complete or modify a written land plan as a result of today’s session? 100%
Your ability to improve land health using holistic crop planning? 88%
Increased ability in creating a whole farm/ranch goal? 100%
More confident in your ability to make complex decisions on your farm as a result of today’s class 100%
Increased ability to monitor your farm’s/ranch’s ecosystem health 70%
Intend to change management practices as a result of today? 100%
Increased knowledge of design strategies that can build resilient, diversified farms 100%
Do you intend to conduct biological monitoring on your farm/ranch as a result of today’s session? 100%

Special Thanks

 

Thank you to the Thornburg Foundation for funding this training, and to Speakeasy Gardens and Baca Family Connection for hosting the field days.

 

 

 

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Mangarara Station Day a Success

May 16th and 17th, 34 participants gathered at The Ecolodge at Mangarara Station at Hawkes Bay in New Zealand.  Titled Amazing Grazing, this two-day event focused on how to never run out of gChecking litter 1rass. The Ecolodge overlooks Horseshoe Lake, a natural landscape feature and is another enterprise to a diverse operation. Key learning objectives of this two-day event included:

  • Plant recovery and its relationship to livestock performance and soil health
  • Rainfall infiltration rates, how they vary, and what that could mean for production
  • Creating sample/demonstration area
  • Signs when grazing is not enhancing the landscape
  • Experimenting with longer rotations
  • Diversity of pasture species
  • Roll of litter in pasture production

Speakers built on these topics, with Steve Haswell from BioAg explaining relationships between organic matter and humus, and connection to litter. Gavin Clements from Wesco Seeds focused on the benefits of diverse pastures, exploring the roles of a number of traditional and non-traditional pasture species.  Bruce Wills told of his farming operation which involves many complimentary practices to managing holistically including higher grazing residuals, planting trees in paddocks, and fencing off native bush.   Greg Hart spoke on the history of Mangarara Station and the increasing number of enterprises including pigs, dairy, beef, sheep, chickens, and the Ecolodge.

Holistic Management Associate Certified Educator John King took the opportunity to demonstrate the decision testing process by exploring whether lengthening recovery periods benefited a generic holistic goal so all participants could see how managing holistically involves much more that grazing.  Malcolm White assisted with practical examples from his situation to illustrate points John raised.   There was a long discussion about recovery periods, overgrazed plants and bare soil.

An outdoor session allowed the group to visit Greg Hart’s grazing operation where Steve Haswell explored the soil profile and an infiltration test was conducted – an inch of water disappeared in 40 seconds on the slope whereas it took 8 minutes at the top of the ridge where livestock tend to camp.  Much was made of the standing litter and how that might be recycled better. The following day the group visited Glenlands operated by Dean and Antoinette Martin and explored the reality of cocktail crops and livestock performance.

Here are some of the results of this two-day event:

 

Knowledge, Behavior, and Confidence Increase %
Intend to change any management practices/apply ideas  learned in this event? 100%
Expand your network today by meeting new people or learning about resources available? 100%
Would recommend this event to others 100%
Overall Satisfaction of the event 97%
Facilitator’s Effectiveness 97%
Presenters’ Effectiveness 97%
Increased ability to monitor ecosystem health 91%
Increased ability to determine land health 91%
Increased ability to determine appropriate grazing strategies 91%
Intend to conduct biological monitoring as a result of today’s event 90%
Ability to determine plant recovery 76%


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HMI would like to thank Mangarara Station and the Ecolodge, The Association of Biological Farmers, Hawkes Bay Regional Council, Wesco Seeds and Bio Ag for their support of this event.

 

Grazing for Long-Term Resilience and Sustainable Profit

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Open Gate: Croome Court Day

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Location: Croome D’Abitot, Worcester, UK

Are you interested in grass-fed beef for you and your family?
Do you want to learn how we can heal our land and improve the entire watershed while building a healthier food system?  
Are you a farmer or rancher interested in learning how to use livestock to regenerate the land?
 
Croome Court Day is brought to you by RegenAG UK, sponsored by HMI and is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers.
This is a unique opportunity to dip your toes into the world of Holistic Management and Planned Grazing, and explore it’s potential to enhance your farming/land management practice. There will be a selection of high calibre presenters from varying backgrounds, who will discuss and demonstrate the benefits of a Holistic approach to farming and land management and how it can return benefits at a farm as well as catchment scale – and within management structures, too. A broad spectrum of experienced attendees is expected, so this will be an integrated learning experience that allows for networking and community-building.

Provisional Schedule:

9:00 Arrival
9:30 Welcome – Natasha
9:40 Introduction to self and background to HM @ Croome – Rob
10:00 Tour – Rob
11:15 Exercise: Winter Stocking Rate Exercise – Rob
11:45 Exercise: Compare and Contrast suckler calf operation conventional vs HPG – Rob
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Benefits for organisations of working with HM practitioners – Katherine Alker (Garden and Park Manager, Croome Park)
1:30 Introduction to the PFLA (Pasture-Fed Livestock Association), and benefits of/for raising premium meats, and how to get involved – Russ
1:45 Holistic Goal Formation (including testing a few questions based on Rob Havard’s case study) – Philip
2:45 Potential Benefits of a Holistic approach for farm and catchment water management – Matt
3:15 Exercise: Holistic Land Planning for Sustainable Water Management – Matt
3:45 Final Questions, Evaluation Forms and Closing
4:00 Session Ends


Registration

Farmers and Full-time students: £25

Other interested individuals: £45
Representatives of organisations: £65
Booking is essential. Fee includes a light lunch and soft-drinks. Due to the nature of the day, if you would like tea/coffee please bring your own in a flask – although there will also be some opportunities to purchase refreshments at the venue.
Booking: email Natasha or call 07866 674 205.
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Health Benefits of Grass Fed vs Grain Fed Beef

 Note: This is a guest blog from HMI Board of Director’s member and grassfed producer, Kirrily Blomfield of Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia.

 

If you’ve ever tasted the difference of beef fed on diverse pastures, there’s an inherent knowing that it must be better for you, because it tastes so good. I am a grass fed beef producer in Australia – and I’d like to share with you why my husband and I choose to produce grass fed beef in our business. We want to produce something that nourishes the body, not just fills the stomach.

Many people already know that grass fed beef is better for them because of its healthier fat profile, but there are some other differences that you may not be aware of, like its ability to satiate, its superior mineral content and its role in preventing modern, western society diseases.  Let me start by explaining why the fat profile of grass fed beef is healthier.

Good Fats

There has been much recognition of the importance of fats in our diets in recent years. And they do form a very important part of our diet but it’s essential that we eat the right ones – or more importantly, that we eat the right balance to help ensure great health, longevity and freedom from modern day diseases.

Essential fatty acids are named so as they are required in biological processes in our bodies, as opposed to fats that are for storing and providing energy.  Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are such fats, and it is the balance of these essential fatty acids that is important.

There is much evidence to suggest that the diet on which we evolved consisted of a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids of around 1:1. Modern day western diets however, have much higher relative levels of omega 6 fatty acids, which has been found to promote diseases like heart disease and cancer, as well as inflammatory and autoimmune diseases (1). Shockingly, most current western diets consist of ratios of around 16:1 and even higher!

Choosing grass fed beef over grain fed beef assures you a healthy balance of fats from your beef.  Grass fed beef has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of around 1.5 : 1 – a level consistent with wild game – because, like wild game, grass fed animals are eating what nature intended!  This is compared with grain fed animals – the meat of which has a ratio of up to 7:1 and even as high as 16:1(2) – much higher in its relative quantity of the less desirable omega-6 fatty acids.

High concentrations of Omega 6 in the diet have been linked to memory problems, confused behaviour and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as weight gain, allergies and depression.

Research shows that choosing grass fed beef helps put you in a position of preventing or fighting these diseases. Virtually all cattle in Australia are born into a grass fed environment.  Many of these however are then sent to feedlots (CAFO’s) as yearlings (at a certain weight and age), where they are fed and finished on grain.  Research shows that the fat profile of the animal changes very quickly, (to an undesirable level) once the animal’s feed is switched to grain. Grain fed beef then takes to the consumer the potential health problems associated with this higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratio – and in most cases to an unknowing consumer.  This is one of the reasons why I choose to eat and produce beef that is not only fed on pasture, but is also finished on pasture – completely 100% grass fed.

Grass fed beef is one of the best ways to source healthy omega 3 fats, along with other grass fed & free range meats, coconut oil, olive oil, butter from grass fed dairy cows and eggs from pasture fed chooks. Avoiding commonly used vegetable and cooking oils (which are high in omega 6’s), will also help keep your omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio healthy – things like canola, sunflower, soybean and cottonseed oil.  I avoid these whenever possible (and it’s not so easy to do if you eat anything remotely processed – they are in so many things, including most sweet and savory biscuits and crackers and even sultanas – listed as vegetable oils!).  Many of these oils themselves are highly processed.

Stick with whole foods, stick with what nature intended.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

It is not only the greater proportion of the desirable omega-3 fats that makes grass fed beef a healthier option.  Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is another substance found predominantly in ruminants animals (cows and sheep) fed on grass pastures.  These CLA’s have great health attributes, such as aiding in the prevention of:

  • cancer
  • heart disease
  • osteoporosis
  • high blood pressure
  • inflammation

Bodybuilders also love it for reducing body fat and increasing lean body mass.

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Another reason why you may like to choose grass fed beef over grain fed is due to the secondary compounds or phytochemicals (naturally contained in plants) that grass fed animals access when grazing – things like tannins, flavanoids, aromatic oils and alkaloids. These are rarely talked about with relation to food.  We regularly hear about the primary compounds – protein, carbohydrates, energy, and the mineral content of food, but rarely do we hear about these secondary compounds.  This is possibly understandable, because there are thousands of different compounds – but don’t let this have you underestimate their importance!  The combination of a variety of these different compounds contributes to overall wellbeing – in this case, of our cows.  It also however, has a positive knock on effect to our health – the ones consuming the grass fed beef!

These secondary compounds are like nature’s medicines.  They are the things responsible for why red wine is said to be good for your heart and why certain herbs can aid health.  Secondary plant compounds have many roles in your body including appetizing, digestive or therapeutic purposes.(3)

What cows need then, to access the necessary variety of these compounds, is a diverse pasture on which to feed.  The access to this diversity of plants means that the animals maintain good health and the need for chemically treating sickness is avoided. Animals that feed on a single species crop (like an oat crop) however, simply don’t have access to this plant diversity. You and I (as humans) have mostly lost the intuition for knowing what we need to eat to ensure good health or to mend illnesses.  Cows however, have not.  Giving them a diversity of plants on which to feed will provide them the choice required that they may ‘self-medicate’ and ensure their own well-being.

This is great because it means that the cows are healthy and farmers can then avoid pesticides and undesirable chemicals that may otherwise be needed to treat health problems in their cows.

Secondary plant compounds are responsible for a huge range of positive impacts on cows (and then you, as you consume the beef). Here are some examples of the positive effects that plant secondary compounds can have on animals. They can:

  • Be antibacterial or anti-parasitic in the digestive tract
  • Provide antioxidant protection
  • Inhibit cancer growth
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Prevent diarrhoea
  • Offer pain relief
  • Boost immunity
  • Provide satiety (feeling satisfied or full)
  • Influence feed intake
  • Improve fertility
  • Provide flavour and colour to foods

One cow will have different needs to the next (just like we have different nutritional needs to our friends), so a diverse pasture gives cows the ability to select for what they need. A standard grain mix, rationed every day to animals, as with grain feeding does not account for individual animal requirements.

If you choose to consume beef fed on diverse pastures – it’s better for you. We choose diverse pastures for our cows to graze on so that we can avoid the need for ‘chemical bandaids’ for our cows.  This means that our customers get the knock on effects of clean food and of the associated advantages of the plant secondary compounds when they consume our beef.

Mineral Content

Grass fed beef contains more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than grain fed beef.  Research has shown grass fed beef has increased levels of beta-carotene, which is a precursor to vitamin A.  Higher levels of cancer fighting antioxidants (vitamin E, glutathione and superoxide dismutase) have also been attributed to grass fed beef.(4)

Grass fed beef has also been shown to have higher levels of zinc, iron and vitamin B12 (5), all of which form important functions in our bodies.

Organic and Grassfed

I fully support organic production of produce – and that’s how we choose to produce, free of pesticides, heavy metal residues and all the things that could otherwise accumulate in our food. You may like to know though, that just because some beef may be organically certified doesn’t mean it is grass fed. Organic meat can still be fed on grains – it’s just organic grains. This is great because you will avoid pesticides, but there will still be the issues associated with grain fed meats. Certified organic is also no guarantee of diversity in the pasture.

It Tastes Great!

It’s great to have healthy food to eat, but, we all also just want to have something that we enjoy the taste of, and this is what grass fed beef does.

I especially love that thin layer of fat on the outside of a sirloin steak, or the divine taste of a scotch fillet (my favourite). You will also notice the taste come out in a slow cooked beef stew, when you use a collagen rich cut like chuck steak.

The French refer to ‘terroir’, a set of environmental factors that affects the qualities and character of produce – like climate, soils, aspect etc. This is often referred to in relation to wine, but is increasingly being used when referring to other produce.  In the case of grass fed beef – the feed that the animal consumes has a big influence on taste.  This is why we graze our cows on diverse pastures and we say ‘you’ll love the taste difference’.

Conscious Choices means Better Health 

Red meat has gotten some amount of bad press recently when related to human health.  It’s a shame that things are simplified to this ‘black or white degree’ and there is no differentiation between whole red meat versus processed preservative containing meats, or how the animal was raised (grass fed versus grain fed), the style of cooking or the cuts of meats.  More of you are realising that we need to be more conscious in our choice of foods and we need to learn how to be more proactive about our own health. When I refer to the health benefits of grass fed beef – it’s obviously only useful when accompanied by other conscious eating. These choices, I know, will serve us well.

Aside from the health aspects there are lots of other wonderful benefits of grass feeding animals, when they are managed well.  They are a tool to heal and repair landscapes – something which can’t be done with animals in a pen.  Holistic Management International (HMI) educates people to be able to manage animals for these outcomes. These positive land outcomes are another reason we produce the way we do – but that’s a whole other story and HMI can teach you that story! Sign up for their newsletter today!