[Market-farming] Grass Fed Fact Sheets

Paul A. Bock bockpa at plesh.com
Thu Feb 12 09:54:52 EST 2004

I don't have sheets, but I can tell you a few things that I have learned
from various books, etc.
Grass Fed Beef (as well as any pastured livestock)-a growing system where
you feed an animal the kinds of things that the animal was designed to eat.
You aren't feeding things that are on the limits of the animal's digestive
abilities to maximize growth, or production.  Typically these systems use
rotational pasture setups that help break or reduce parasite loads.
Pastured poultry following pastured beef allows the poultry to dig through
the manure of the bovines to reduce the fly load.  Less fly larvae, less
flies, leads to less chemicals used to keeps flies away from animals.
Pastured animals means that less fossil fuels are used to remove manure from
a barn and spread it on a field.  Also less vehicle traffic on the field,
means less soil compaction.  Eggs from pastured poultry have been found to
have many times more Omega-3 fats.

Hope it helps.

-----Original Message-----
From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Allan
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 9:39 AM
To: Market Farming
Subject: [Market-farming] Grass Fed Fact Sheets

A group that wants to set up a drop for my CSA at their community
center has asked me if I can provide one-page information sheets on
the benefits of:

Grass Fed Beef
Pastured Broilers
Pastured Eggs
Organic Food

It seems to me that other people have already done the work on this,
but I'll be damned if I can GOOGLE the right sort of thing up.

Any ideas? Any sheets to share?


-Allan Balliett
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