Hickory Knol Ranch allows our calves to fatten naturally. They are grass-fed and are not given grain or supplements to promote growth. This results in beef that is lower in calories, fat and cholesterol than traditional grain-fed beef. Grass-fed beef contains no hormones or additives and is a humane way to raise cattle.
GRAIN-FED BEEF VS. GRASS-FED BEEF
The majority of cattle consumed in the United States are raised in feedlots where their diet consists of genetically modified grain, soy, and corn in combination with growth promoting additives, supplements and antibiotics. Grain-fed beef is high in calories, fat, and cholesterol and low in essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and vitamins.
In comparison, grass-fed beef is lower in calories, cholesterol and saturated fat. Grass-fed beef has a higher abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It has almost 4 times the amount of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that may reduce breast cancer and diabetes and helps convert body fat to lean muscle. It also has up to 7 times more beta-carotene that lowers the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.