Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
I heard that “grassfed” is just a marketing buzzword. How can I be sure that I’m getting what I’m paying for?
Our farm is certified by American Grassfed Association, and we are subject to on site inspections as well as random screenings of our finished products.
Our animals are not treated with steroids or growth hormones, and we make it a focus of our daily activities to maintain a low stress environment for the animals in our care. Our slaughtering is carried out by professionals under state supervision, with a focus on animal welfare throughout the entire process.
We dry age our finished meat and then the individual cuts are cut, vacuum packed, and flash frozen in the same day, so that we do not have to use any chemical preservatives to stabilize the individual cuts.
Here's more detailed information about the standards that we raised our animals to:
Why should I buy grassfed meat?
Not all meat is created equal, and you deserve the finest meats available. Gonsoulin Land and Cattle is your choice for LOCALLY PRODUCED grass-fed, grass finished, antibiotic-free and growth hormone-free meats. With over 200 years of experience, we know how to humanely take care of our animals and our land. You can count on the very best food, from our farm to your table.
Grassfed meat is also healthier. Consider the following:
- Grassfed beef has considerably fewer calories than conventional beef.
- Grassfed beef contains up to five times as much omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef. Omega-3s are extremely beneficial for overall system health.
- Grassfed beef has low amounts of saturated fats, which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Grassfed beef is hormone-free and antibiotic-free, so the chances of getting sick are very low.
- Most conventional beef production exposes animals to poor living conditions, which increases their risk of exposure to harmful bacteria such as E Coli. These animals are given antibiotics to survive and hormones to fatten them up. An estimated 70% of antibiotics produced in the US are given to livestock as part of their feed. Consuming these antibiotics in our meat contributes to antibiotic resistance and the emergence of “superbugs.” Because grass-fed and grass-finished animals are allowed to roam and live in greater spaces, they do not need antibiotics. They are eating grass, which is the diet their stomachs were designed to digest.
- Grassfed beef is better for the environment because production requires less greenhouse gas emissions than grainfed beef.
- Grassfed beef contains the nutrient conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which fights cancer.
- Grassfed beef has more Vitamin A and caretenoid precursors to Vitamin A, such as beta carotene.
- Grassfed beef has more Vitamin E than conventional beef. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cell membranes from oxidation.
- Grassfed beef contains less monounsaturated fat and less total fat than grain-fed beef.
- Grassfed beef is rich in antioxidants.
- Grass-fed beef contains electrolytes.