The Return of Grass-Fed Beef
Wyoming has plenty of ranch land to go around, so there’s no reason for cattle raisers not to feed their herds with grass. There’s a renewed effort among livestock advocates to promote grass-fed beef, even in places where cattle is fed with grain (hint, hint: Nebraska). The process may take longer with grass feeding, but this type of beef has proven its quality. As “you are what you eat,”the same holds true for cattle.
Anything beyond the only two Interstates that cut across the state is pure, open land primed for raising crops or livestock. The result is healthier beef. Studies have shown that grass-fed beef has a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef. Aside from omega-3, the abundance of nutrients in grass—vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants—gets carried over from the producer (cattle) to the consumer (human). In addition, grass is free.
Switching to grass feeding, however, entails more responsibilities, such as controlling their grazing. If the cattle feed on grass faster than nature can grow it back, it can upset the balance of the ecosystem in the area. Grass feeding will encourage ranchers to be more responsible in raising their herds. The practice also encourages healthier livestock and consumers.