We’ve heard it many times: You are what you eat. So it should come as no surprise that what you eat is what it eats, too. It’s a remarkably simple concept: the nutritional value of an animal product is directly influenced by the animal’s diet. Therefore, say advocates of the rapidly growing grass-fed movement, the animal’s diet should be as biologically natural and as packed full of nutrients as possible, right? Apparently not, if you’re in the U.S. commercial meat business. The truth is that a vast majority of our country’s commercially raised ruminants like cattle are raised in feedlots, fed a grain-based diet and, typically, treated with hormones, feed additives and low-level antibiotics.
But the move toward grass-fed is about more than just animal welfare. It’s about human health. Inappropriately feeding animals dry grain is a direct contributor to those animals developing pathogens such as Escherichia coli (E. coli in cattle) and salmonella (in poultry). And if that isn’t convincing enough, consider that mad cow disease is unknown among cattle fed entirely on pasture and hay.
Eckenfels Farms is located 60 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri and 50 miles north of Cape Giradeau, Missouri. Eckenfels Farms has been recognized as a Century Farm, being established in 1851 and winner of the Beef Industry’s 2009 Region III Environmental Stewardship Award. Eckenfels Farms specializes in raising 100% pure grass-fed beef. Our hand selected herd is comprised of Angus beef cattle.
Eckenfels Farms takes great pride in our high protein, well maintained, nutritious pastures. The primary grass grown is fescue, with over seeded millet, clover and rye intermingled, as appropriate. The farm also includes Native Blue Stem and Indian warm season grasses to allow fresh green pastures during the hottest days of summer when the fescue does not grow.
All cattle at Eckenfels Farms have unlimited access to clean, fresh well water in every pasture and unlimited amounts of sunshine, fresh air and space to roam. Eckenfels Farms will never use routine antibiotics, hormones or unnatural growth stimulants, such as estrogen and steroids, during the life cycle of our cattle. We are committed to providing 100% pure grass-fed beef that our customers can feel good about feeding to their families.
Our beef is processed in a USDA inspected facility and is dry aged for a minimum of 14-21 days. Eckenfels Farms beef can be purchased in quarter (split half), half or whole portions. Smaller amounts may be purchased, depending upon availability. Orders may be placed at any time and pick up will be determined by availability.
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on Saturday's from 7-12pm.
Contact us at (573) 883-0337