The Broken "B" Philosophy
This page will hopefully explain what we are trying to accomplish with the Broken "B". I'll try to answer as many questions as I can, but I hope some of the information presented makes you ask more questions and even take a look around you at the traditional farming and food production systems we have become accustom to as Americans. And perhaps that will spur you to frequent your local small farmers.
We are proud of the animal products we produce at the Broken "B". They are a healthy food that helps promote good health in those who consume it. The care we give our animals shows in the superior taste and over all quality of the food. We encourage you to try our products and judge for yourself.
So what is different about the Broken "B"?
The differences have to due with the philosophy we have about the care and raising of our livestock. We work within the natural cycles of breeding and provide our animals with plenty of down time to keep them in top form. Instead of wasting fossil fuels on tilling, planting, harvesting and hauling feed, we allow the animals to do the work. The sheep are moved across the pasture using electric netting to control grazing. Once they have moved through an area, mowing the grass, our laying hens follow along, eating the fly larva and incorporating the manure into the soil with their scratching. Thus as we graze the pasture, we are improving our soil fertility.
Why don't you feed your animals grain?
Grain is not the natural food of ruminants such as Cattle, Sheep and Goats. While it may provide faster weight gains and therefore a higher profit margin, there is a price that is paid. That price is reflected in the lower level of health experienced by the livestock and a lower quality of animal products. When this low level of health is combined with the crowded, manure covered stockyards of the typical feedlot, its no wonder that antibiotics and medications in the feed is considered to be a necessary management tool. The meat produced by these grain fed animals is high in saturated and Omega-6 fats and lacking the beneficial CLA's and Omega-3 fats. In traditional factory farms and feedlots, gallons of fuel are wasted growing, harvesting, processing and shipping every pound of grain based feed given to livestock kept in unsanitary, crowded conditions. Then more precious resources are wasted trying to deal with the overload of manures produced by stocking to many animals in to little space.
Here at the Broken "B" we have joined a growing number of producers who are returning their livestock to a more natural food source: Grass. While the gains on grass alone are slower, the health benefits to the animals and to those of us who consume the end product is substantial. The animals experience less health problems and grow at a natural rate. Because of this increased health, there is no need of antibiotics. And resistance to local parasites can be developed so that it is no longer necessary to poison the animals to kill off flies and worms. The use of grass as the sole food source promotes the highest levels of beneficial compounds in the meat produced. Since the animals are rotated through several pastures, manure build up does not happen and it is spread lightly enough during normal grazing that it nourishes the soil instead of killing it from too heavy of a concentration.
Why Grassfed Animal Products Are Better For You
A Quick Review of the Fats That Make Up Your Body
All food fats are a blend of the different types of fats that include poly- and monounsaturated fats. Omega-3 and Omega-6 are types of fats called essential fats because we have to get them from food, our bodies can't manufacture them from other fats.
The Story on the Good Fats and Bad Fats
There are many kinds of fats in the body. Some of the most crucial fats are in the list of compounds that make up the cell walls for all of the body's cells. If the ratio of Omega-6 fats to Omega-3 fats exceeds 4:1, people have more health problems. This is especially meaningful since grain-fed animal products can have ratios that exceed 20:1, whereby the ratio for grass-fed animal products is down around 3:1.
Eggs Fat Ratios
Chickens that eat vegetables high in omega 3 fats, along with insects and lots of fresh green grass, supplemented with fresh and dried fruit, and small amounts of corn produce range fed eggs that have an omega 6:3 ratio of 1.5 to one whereas the "supermarket egg" has a ratio of 20 to one.
Why are Omega-3 Fatty Acids Important For Your Health?
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for normal growth and play an important role in the prevention and treatment of:
Coronary artery disease
Other inflammatory and autoimmune disorders
It has been estimated that only 40 percent of Americans consume a sufficient supply of these nutrients. Twenty percent have levels so low that they cannot be detected. Switching to grassfed animal products is one way to restore this vital nutrient to your diet.
When we switch from grain-fed to grassfed animal products, we are simply returning to the diet of our long-ago ancestors, the diet that is most in harmony with our physiology. Every cell and every system of our bodies will function better when we eat products from animals raised on grass.