The Peach Crest Way
This page explains what life is like for cattle on Peach Crest Ranch, what the livestock eat, how their grass is cared for, what is means to be pasture raised, and how Peach Crest Ranch feast benefit you nutritionally.
Peach Crest Ranch offers locally raised, grass fed, antibiotic free, hormone free and minimally processed meats to the discerning consumer. Read more about the way Peach Crest Ranch raises animals below.
What is life like for cattle on Peach Crest Ranch?
Peach Crest Ranch cattle experience life much as cattle did in the 1800's: grazing open prairies, moving to lusher grazing land as needed, enjoying fresh spring water, and breeding and giving birth as nature intended. This stress free life brings vitality and as one chef stated “it is the most vibrant meat he had ever worked with.”
What do the livestock on Peach Crest Ranch eat?
Peach Crest Ranch livestock eat from the prairies, enjoying the native grasses that grow on the ranch. Twice a year, in the fall and the spring, the pastures are reseeded in limited areas with customized mixes containing legumes, grasses, and brassicas which not only contribute to the livestock's nutritional needs but also contribute to the soil's nutritional needs. We are large carbon sequesters. We do and will continue to measure our soil health with our state soil biologist Dr. Greg Scott. In the three years that Susan has been operating this property, the soil has seen huge regeneration.
How is the grass on Peach Crest Ranch cared for? Do you use pesticides?
Peach Crest Ranch grasslands are cared for by Mother Nature and proven rotational grazing methods. Our ranch hands monitor the grasses on a daily basis to identify grazing trends and determine rotational timetables. We have found that the weeds are just story tellers, letting us know if there is a problem and that most of the diversity in plants is beneficial rather than something that needs to be controlled. We do not apply herbicides or pesticides to our grazing lands. On a note of interest, we have seen many butterflies this year when they are so seldom seen off the ranch.
What does it mean to be pasture raised?
Pasture-raised identifies animals that receive a significant portion of their nutrition from managed pasture and stored dried forages, but may also receive supplemental grains in winter months. Our animals are never dry lotted, where they breathe the dust from what is around them. Having a healthy living condition means they do not need any antibiotics. Peach Crest Ranch goes a step farther with their cattle.
How does eating Peach Crest Ranch meats benefit me nutritionally?
Over the years, there have been a number of studies done on the nutritional benefits of grass-fed vs grain-fed beef. We think Dr. Paul Salter's 2015 article, 4 Reasons Grass-Fed Beef May Be Worth Your Buck, provides a good summary:
- "Grass-fed beef has been shown to be much higher in a 'neutral' saturated fat, one that does not have an impact on cardiovascular-disease risk."
- "Grass-fed beef may actually contain less overall cholesterol than grain-fed beef. Cholesterol content correlates with the fat stored in the animal's muscle (intramuscular fat). Since grass-fed animals are leaner than their grain-fed colleagues, there is less intramuscular fat, and most likely less cholesterol in the meat."
- "Consistent consumption of grass-fed beef may help to diminish the difference between omega-6 and omega-3 consumption, setting you up for better health!"
- "Choosing grass-fed beef will help you get one step closer to achieving [the daily goal of 3 grams per day of CLA], since a 4-ounce portion provides anywhere from 500-800 milligrams."