Pasture For Life
An excerpt from “River Cottage A to Z by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall”“I’m convinced that the best tasting beef – and the beef that is best for us – is from the highest welfare herds. Generally that means traditionally bred and traditionally fed animals of established native herd breeds. These animals are well adapted to their enviroment and live outside for at least 8 months of the year (though not necessarily all year round, due to cattle’s propensity to churn up wet, muddy ground)….. But they thrive, for the most part, on pasture: good green grass in the summer, hay and silage in the winter.
In fact, a small proportion of the very best British beef is raised on pasture alone – a great boon since grass-fed animals, in comparison to their grain-fed counterparts, have been shown to produce meat with higher levels of many beneficial nutrients including omega – 3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid. If you are after beef from 100 per cent grass-fed cattle, the “Pasture for Life” label, a fairly new certification issued by the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, will tell you that your beef was 100 per cent pasture-fed right up to slaughter.”
Hornton Grounds Farm’s Pasture-fed Aberdeen-Angus enjoying the spring weather.
Catherine & Graham are founder members of the Pasture Fed Livestock Association