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Family Beef-how bad is it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM

I was hoping you could help me out. My uncle owns a small (about 800-1000 or so) farm of beef cattle in Southeastern Oklahoma. They are a combination of grass-fed, corn fed cattle that roam around the pasture. If its been too dry like it has been lately, then he is forced to up the corn more than the grass or hay. I asked him to save me as much beef as he can for when I come up for Thanksgiving.

My question is, how bad is it to eat beef like this? I cant afford grass-fed beef and no one near me wants to go in on a cow share.
I feel like this is a great opportunity for me: free beef, and I know where it came from, regardless of what it ate....

Agree or Disagree?

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

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on August 25, 2011
at 04:34 PM

Lol hey watch it! Get your hands off my cow! I'm hoping he can throw in some marrow bones too :)

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on August 25, 2011
at 01:47 PM

When we lived in the country, we let our neighbor put his 3-4 horses in our pasture and in exchange he bought us a calf at auction. No hormones, fully pastured (except for a scoop of corn each afternoon to train him to come to the small paddock when we needed him to). That guy dressed out 2 years later at over 500lbs.

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on August 25, 2011
at 01:37 PM

Dood! DO IT! I would, seriously, in a heartbeat.

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

(536)

on August 25, 2011
at 12:26 AM

I even know the guy who sells him the corn he feeds to the cows...

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 24, 2011
at 10:07 PM

It's free? From your family? You know what's going into them moo'ers? If you don't take it I will :)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on August 24, 2011
at 09:56 PM

abso-friggin-lutely!

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E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on August 24, 2011
at 09:54 PM

Free beef - especially some that is not CAFO-raised and has been at least partially pastured? To me that's a no-brainer ... (grin)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 24, 2011
at 09:56 PM

abso-friggin-lutely!

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D5096ff5baffc0ba5d20b21346414a7a

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on August 24, 2011
at 09:56 PM

This is the way I get my beef now, too. The ag teacher at the college raises a small herd; he picks a calf out for me in the spring. Happy cows. No antibiotics, no hormones, but corn finished. I have no control over the finish. Alfalfa is just too expensive right now and with the drought there is not enough pasture to finish. Would I prefer 100$ pasture? Sure, but this is definitely better than feedlot supermarket yuck. I do eat salmon, sardines, and no chicken to try to help with the 3/6 ratio.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on August 25, 2011
at 01:47 PM

When we lived in the country, we let our neighbor put his 3-4 horses in our pasture and in exchange he bought us a calf at auction. No hormones, fully pastured (except for a scoop of corn each afternoon to train him to come to the small paddock when we needed him to). That guy dressed out 2 years later at over 500lbs.

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on August 24, 2011
at 09:53 PM

I think its pretty good, all considered. Not optimal, but still good. Its free and its at least partially grassfed. In your situation, I'd eat as much of it as I could get.

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on August 25, 2011
at 02:03 AM

While not completely grassfed, beef from the family farm that didn't go to the stockyard to be fattened and stressed out is almost as good as it gets. Eat up. If you don't, I'm up in Edmond. I'll come get it.

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

(536)

on August 25, 2011
at 04:34 PM

Lol hey watch it! Get your hands off my cow! I'm hoping he can throw in some marrow bones too :)

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69a2a5deb24d5b8d3aae3d9652fac564

(1020)

on August 24, 2011
at 09:46 PM

Well, it's extremely hard to say. Any answers given would be a complete guess. But in order to make an educated guess, I'd say you need to know exactly how much corn vs. grass they were fed, and how much Abx the cows needed as a result. Even then, guessing on the meat's healthfulness would be sheer speculation.

For any definitive answers, one would have to send some meat and fat samples to a lab for analysis.

This is why the recommendation is to just avoid any grain fed or finished animals. That being said, it's probably not that bad for you provided you are avoiding seed oils and are taking in foods with ample amounts of omega 3's (ie, oily fish, ex: salmon, sardines)

Free beef? I'd definitely do it!

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