Pellegrino Pastures LLC    
 

Info/Education

Here we wanted to share some information we have gathered regarding the raising of some livestock. All this information is readily available to all of us on the web..but man does it take some sifting through. We hope it is useful!

After that you'll find some charts that show what part of the cow your steak came from.

Lastly is our contact information.


GROWTH HORMONES

A short story on growth hormones. There is a ton of information on growth hormones. You can find information to support about any side of that argument, but here is the simple stuff. The big meat producers use them for a very business savvy reason, it causes the production of more meat for very little investment at a great rate of return. That is not disputable by any side. I mean from a business standpoint, it make sense doesn’t it? One could even say, by doing that, they are able to make more meat more affordable for more people. The other thing that cannot be disputed by any side of the coin is that in America, people raising cattle ARE permitted to use growth hormones on the grounds that no risk to human health has been proven. Um, at the risk of sounding like we are on one side of this argument, wouldn’t you rather have them use the hormone only if it ‘has been proven’ to NOT cause a health risk?

Don’t get us wrong, we believe people should do what works for them. For some people, it is a non-issue that those hormones are used and it just works for them. For us, here at Pellegrino Pastures, it does not work. We do not use any type of growth hormones of any kind, natural or synthetic, in any of the animals we raise. Not any….ever.

GRASS FED

Let’s talk about some of the different terms that are being used regarding how cattle are raised. First of all, the USDA does not have an official definition of “grass fed”. However, when we hear the term “grass fed", we assume that it must be healthy. Grass fed animals CAN be labeled as such and STILL have eaten grain. Producers are permitted to label their meat as grass fed even if they finished them with grain. (What’s “finished” mean?) Finishing a steer is what some cattle growers do for the last 60-160 days of life with the steer to add weight and/or marbling. This process can include feeding them 6-25lbs of grain per day (or more) and also may include putting them in small areas to prevent much movement of the animal so as not to toughen up the muscle (your meat).  So, one could buy meat labeled “grass fed” and that animal may have not only eaten grain, but may have been held up in a feed lot for the last months of life. If you have not heard of or seen a feed lot…Google it, a picture is worth a thousand words! Some producers do though, actually grass feed and grass finish.

All of our animals are given a nonstop supply of fresh grass and/or hay…start to finish. At the same time, we have in the past and still give a customer the option to have their animal finished with some grain to add marbling. Though that animal will get grain, it is done in small quantities and they still are on nonstop grass and in the pasture free to roam!


FREE RANGE

In the US, free range only refers to poultry. According the USDA, free range simply means “allowed access to the outside”. Picture a huge chicken barn with thousands of chickens in it and a small door on one end. So, you may buy eggs from that farm that were labeled free range eggs. Is it what you thought you were buying?

Our hens, and our new rooster, roam all over our farm. Their coop is about 500 feet from the house and it is not uncommon the see them around in the front yard just picking through the grass and lovin' life. They get tons of interaction from our kids and really run around the entire farm like they own the place.

PASTURE RAISED

Pasture raised simply means that the animal is raised on pasture. They are free to roam in their natural environment eating fresh or stored roughage/grass. During the winter months or drought they are given stored grasses (hay). Them being in their natural environment and eating what they are designed to eat contributes greatly to them being more consistently healthy…eliminating the need for antibiotics.

In an effort to keep our effort less and to keep costs down, we now are not wintering any of the animals we raise for meat. So, we get them in early spring and introduce them to their new home in one of our smaller pastures. For the first few weeks they are given a constant supply of fresh water and an abundance of hay.We refrain from putting them on the big pastures given how wet the ground still is from winter. After that first few weeks, they are then turned out to a fresh pasture and free to roam. They have unlimited access to water, woods, a pond, a loafing shed to get out of the rain (though they sometimes just don’t care and stay out in the rain), they just do whatever they want for the rest of that year 'til it is time to be sold. Our cattle live great healthy lives. We are not surprised when we see one of the kids brushing one of them or sitting next to them feeding them some hay by hand.

WHAT DOES ANY OF THAT REALLY MEAN FOR YOU?

Again, there is tons of information to support any side of this discussion, but, most agree that pasture raised, grass fed and finish, free range and growth hormone & antibiotic free animals are much healthier for you as the person consuming these products. Some examples of the difference, the meat is higher in omega 3 fatty acids helping to keep the ratio between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids balanced. There is less fat in the meat. This meat is higher in vitamin E. The eggs have less cholesterol. The taste….ask the people that eat meats and eggs that are raised the way ours are. Sure this part is a matter of opinion….you should form your own. We won’t try to convince you that the taste is superior. You try it and let us know what you think. We obviously love it and our current customers come back.

YOU'RE GOING TO EAT ANYWAY…ENJOY YOUR FOOD

Ever wonder what part of the cow a cut of your beef came from? We all have at some point. The picture below shows where it all comes from! You can also follow one of the links below this chart to see more detailed information about the cuts.


http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/meatcharts_photos/beefchart2007.pdf

http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/meatcharts_photos/beefcutsposter2010.pdf

Contact information

Our farm is located at
1560 Brown Rd.
Jefferson, Ohio 44047

Mail correspondence can go to
PO Box 561
Jefferson, Ohio 44047

For questions, comments or more information please email us at
info@pellegrinopastures.com
(we promise a reply within 24hours)

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