Some farms will label their beef as grass fed, but then finish them on grain for the last 90-120 days of their life. Be aware of what you're buying. Ask for grass fed and grass finished beef or 100% grass fed beef. Read "Food Label Jargon Deymystified" by the CBS Early Show for more info on confusing labels.
Healthy & Safe
The claim that grass-fed beef is healthier for you is true! It's leaner, and more importantly, lower in Omega-6 fats and higher is Omega-3 fats. This reduces the risk of heart disease and has numerous other health benefits.Grass-fed beef also contains 500% more Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). "CLA is an essential fatty acid with some pretty amazing side properties:
"Research done by Russell and Diez-Gonzalez at Cornell University in the late 1990s verified that cattle fed a grass and hay diet had far fewer E. coli than when they were fed a standard feedlot grain based diet."2 Lucky 3 Farm meat is processed at a local USDA-inspected processing facility and it does not contain any hormones or antibiotics because we don't give our animals any.
Better for the Environment
Feeding grass requires much less fossil fuel. On pasture, grazing animals do their own fertilizing and harvesting. The ground is covered with grasses all year round, so it does an excellent job of harvesting solar energy and holding on to top soil and moisture. This means no soil erosion. Grazed pastures remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere more effectively than any land use, including forestland and ungrazed prairie, helping to slow global warming. Cattle that graze on succulent grass produce as much as 20% less methane gas. 3
Our cows enjoy succulent, fresh grass year-round, moving leisurely from pasture to pasture. They live an idyllic life on our small farm, never wanting for anything. They do not undergo any undue stress. When we have to move them to another pasture, we use low-stress techniques. Our cows are treated well and are in perfect health. Lucky 3 Farm cows are allowed to mature at a natural rate and are never given any growth hormones.
 Nation, Allan. Grass-fed to Finish. Green Park Press. Ridgeland, Mississippi. October 2005. Pp 87-88. Klein, Laura. Sourcing Healthy, Grass-fed Meats. Robinson, Jo. Eatwild.com.