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Why Lamb

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Some people do not like the taste of lamb and prefer beef, chicken, pork or any other meat to lamb. Here in the Upper South East of South Australia we love all red meats with lamb being a favourite of mine especially for a family roast dinner meal. Not everyone likes the taste of lamb some people think it tastes too “gamey”.. I absolutely love the taste of our lamb. Notice I said “our” lamb … as our quality of sheep and lamb is second to none ( I am bias). Knowing how cared for our lambs are this makes the quality of the meat taste and smell different to grain fed lamb, we brag about being grass-fed, free roaming lambs superb to eat..

Our farming practices being second generation farmers have been developed and refined to a grass-based model for raising all of our animals on the property. In other words, our farm animals are “pastured” they are able to roam on pasture, and as they’re ruminants like cows and sheep, they eat grass directly from the ground. Our Cattle, sheep & lamb are free to roam in pastures eating a mixture of Lucerne, Rye Grass, Clover & Veldt which are naturally occurring within our area. The Lucerne is planted by us. We are surrounded by coppers and grows and this eliminates the risk of cross breeding animals thus mixing the genetics of the flock. Our property is divided by a dirt road , which we cross to be surrounded by croppers. Our land is not in a populated area thus affording us the ability to allow our stock to roam free without risk of interference of people.We have spent years planting trees to provide shelter from the changing climatic conditions which offer protection and places of safety for our animals.

As for the different tastes in lamb if you have eaten grass-fed you will know the taste and texture of grain fed is completely different. Having grass-fed lambs reduces the ‘gamey’ taste of lamb because the grasses being a natural food stuff for animals not like feed lot lambs gives the lambs a healthier diet and thus is healthier for human consumption. If animals are reared in stress free ‘natural’ environments with adequate food stuffs, water & shade from daily climatic conditions they are less likely to feel stress thus changing the colour and appearance of meat to the plate.

How healthier, you may ask? Please read the following http://www.marksdailyapple.com/monday-musings-new-grass-fed-study/ and though this relates to Beef the same can be said for lamb. This article is from http://www.marksdailyapple.com which point out the difference.  If you are looking to ‘taste’ the difference contact us and order, better for you and better for your family.

Australian Lamb is a healthy choice for any lifestyle—a naturally nutrient-rich food with high levels of zinc, Vitamin B12, iron, riboflavin and thiamine.

 

Is grass fed meat different to grain fed that everyone talks about?

According to Joanna Hay Editor from the Nourished Magazine published back in 2008 http://editor.nourishedmagazine.com.au

http://editor.nourishedmagazine.com.au/articles/health-benefits-of-grass-fed-beef – read the full article here

‘”Grass-fed beef, or beef produced from cattle finished on forage only diets, has been touted as a more nutritious beef product. There are a number of reports that show grass-fed beef products contain elevated concentrations of (Vitamin A,) Beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E), increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a more desirable omega-3:omega-6 ratio, and increased levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)”

How do we define “grass-fed?” The cattle are on pasture, not in feed lots eating silage. They are also finished on grass, and do not eat grains at all. We don’t process animals in the winter or early spring, when they are only eating dry grass. Our animals are eating green grass right up to the time of processing. All of our pastures are free from the use of pesticides or other chemical treatments, and completely organic.

Our Angus Cattle and White Dorper lamb meet all the requirements of Standards Australia  with a preference for grass fed animals which are lower in fat and healthier for the consumer.We humanely raise excellent grass / pasture fed Beef and Lamb in the Upper South East of South Australia on our 5000 acre property “Caloundra Station”.Our Cattle and Sheep are free to roam in the pastures eating a mixture of Lucerne, Rye Grass, Clover and Veldt grass. These food stuff’s are naturally occurring and Lucerne being planted by us.

Meat from grass-fed animals has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from grain- fed animals. Omega-3s are called “good fats” because they play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. Of all the fats, they are the most heart-friendly. People who have ample amounts of omega-3s in their diet are less likely to have high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat. Remarkably, they are 50 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack. Omega-3s are essential for your brain as well. People with a diet rich in omega-3s are less likely to suffer from depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder (hyperactivity), or Alzheimer’s disease

Believe it or not Americans use this on their websites, know what you are ordering, know what your family is eating. Here is Australia many restaurants love using “grainfed for 100 days”. This just means the animals have been placed in a feed lot and fattened up. The meat will taste different to grass fed free roaming animals.

Down load our order form and order today, you will LOVE the difference, healthy for you and your family,

read full article http://www.springhillbeefhamper.com.au/grass-fed-beef