• Chelsea Dorroh

Why Grass-Fed is Better

While grocery shopping, you'll typically see regular beef for one price and grass-fed beef for a few dollars more per pound. You may also notice that grass-fed butter and dairy products are also a little higher in price than their conventional counter-parts. You've probably thought to yourself, "is the extra cost really worth it?" The answer is yes. In this post I am going to break down the difference between grass-fed bovine products vs. conventional and why one is healthier. Keep in mind, there's a difference between "grass-fed" and "grass-finished." It's important to note that a product may be labeled as grass-fed, but that could mean that the animals were fed grain during the last few weeks of life. This causes an imbalance of omega 3 vs omega 6 (more on that below), so always look for the "grass-finished" label when possible. At Bluewater Creek Farm, the cattle is 100% grass-fed and grass-finished, so you never have to worry about quality.

  1. Omega 3:6. If you look at the ancestry of cattle, you'll see that they fed solely on foliage. Their diets weren't made up of corn and other grains. This kept the omega 3:6 ratio balanced which in turn helped keep ours balanced as well when we consumed the animal. Ideally, you should have a 4:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. That's 4 omega 6s to every 1 omega 3. When cows are fed grains, it leads to inflammation, throwing off this delicate balance. This eventually leads to inflammation in us, as the consumers, as well, and inflammation is what leads to many diseases.

  2. Regenerative Grazing. Cattle weren't designed to stay in one place. They are roaming animals and would feed on different pastures daily. This allowed the ground to rest and re-build needed nutrients and it also prevented parasites. At Bluewater Creek Farm, the cattle are rotated daily, which mimics nature, to keep the soil and the animals healthy.

  3. Quality of life. Allowing cattle to live as naturally as possible increases their quality of life. Bluewater's priority is to keep them as stress-free as possible, even on the day of slaughter. The animals are valued and treated with respect.

  4. Taste. Grass-fed beef has a much more complex flavor than conventional beef and also has a higher CLA content. CLA is conjugated linoleic acid and is found in the meat and milk of ruminant animals (i.e. cattle). Studies show that CLA has many important health benefits including preventing various diseases, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Click here to learn more about the importance of CLA in our diets.

  5. Animal Health. When cows are raised as naturally as possible, they stay much healthier than cows raised conventionally. This mitigates the need for antibiotic and other drug use, which means healthier meat for us to consume. This is hugely important as antibiotic resistance continues to become a growing issue among humans.

Hopefully this has been informative and helps you understand why grass-fed and grass-finished products are important for our health. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email