Lower fat & calorie content: Grass-fed beef is lower in fat and calories than grain-fed beef. Our six-ounce steak from a grass-finished steer has one half to one third the amount of fat, and about 100 fewer calories than a six-ounce steak from a grain-fed steer. The average person eats 66 lbs of beef a year, so switching from grain-fed to grass-fed beef could save you from consuming approximately 18,000 calories. Assuming you change nothing else from your diet, you could lose about 6 lbs a year. Grass-fed beef has the same amount of fat as skinless chicken, wild deer or elk, and like these other lean meats it actually lowers your LDL cholesterol levels.
Grass-fed beef is also higher in omega-3 fatty acids. These good fats are the most heart-friendly of all fats. It’s been shown that people with ample amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet are less likely to have high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, and are 50% less likely to suffer a heart attack. They are essential for healthy brain function and reduce the risk of cancer. Studies show essential fats have slowed the growth of an array of cancers and also kept them from spreading. When cattle are taken off omega-3 rich grass and shipped to feedlots to be fattened on grain, they lose their store of beneficial fat. It’s estimated that only 40% of Americans consume an adequate supply of omega-3 fatty acids. Switching to meat and dairy products from grass-fed animals is one way to restore this vital nutrient to your diet. For more in depth information, click here.
CLA is another “good fat” found in grass-fed beef, which contains three to five times more CLAs than conventionally-fed beef. One of the most potent defenses against cancer, studies show that women who had the highest levels of CLA in their diet had 60% lower risk of breast cancer than those with the lowest levels of CLA. Switching to grass-fed meat and dairy products reduces a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
Grass-fed beef also contains Vitamin E. This potent antioxidant has anti-aging properties and is linked to lowering the risk of heart disease and cancer. Most Americans are deficient in this vitamin, so our healthy animals make for healthier people.
Devon is one of the oldest cattle breeds in existence. Devon cattle possesses a combination of attributes that lead many to call them the "perfect breed." Whether it is the consumer looking for a finer cut of meat or the cattleman looking for a higher quality and more efficient breed of cattle, Devon have proven to be a fantastic source for quality beef. Due to its genetic purity, the Devon is a perfect type of animal for grass fed farming; this breed remains the same as it was before anyone heard of a grain-finishing feedlot.
Records of the Red Devon cattle in the country of Devon, England date as early as 23 B.C., and Devon's made their way to America with the Pilgrims in 1623. At the time, their hardy foraging ability fit the uncertain grass conditions of the New World; their moderate but rich milking ability provided for both calf and family, and their docility and strength adapted them for use as oxen.
Devon cattle did not take part in the feedlot madness that has had a stranglehold on the American beef industry since World War II. This kept the breed firmly in the hands of Devon breeders who insured the integrity and stability of the breed.
Marview Farms is dedicated in its efforts to one day raise an entirely Devon herd. Devon is a more expensive species of cattle to purchase, and does better on grass than other breeds that have been designed eat grain. Devons are one of the few breeds of cattle that have maintained their purity by being raised on grass alone. Marview is very selective when it comes to its cattle. Marview takes pride in its beef; as of right now the beef we’re producing is Devon-influenced. Although it takes years to to build a fully Devon heard, if you don’t start somewhere you won’t accomplish it. Marview is on its way there.