Old River Farms / Flying Machine Brewing Co. Collaboration! Back in August of this year Matt from Flying Machine Brewing contacted us and asked if we would like to use their spent beer grain as cow feed. Not the type to turn down free feed, or a perhaps a free beer, we said, “well sure, why not!” and made the trip into the big city to see what this craft beer operation was all about. We were amazed at their facility. These fellas are SERIOUS about their beer and the quality is immediately evident. They source only the finest, highest quality barley, oats and wheat to create their unique tasty brews. When they are done with the grain, why waste it, it makes for excellent animal feed!
Are your cows no longer grass fed? Raising 100% grass fed beef has its advantages and its drawbacks. We’ve always been proud of how we raise our animals. We do not use added growth hormones, antibiotics, or feed lots. Just big, beautiful, healthy cows, with plenty of space, eating natural grass like they’re supposed to. Simple as that. It’s as healthy as beef gets. But there is a downside (for some folks that is). Grass fed beef is very lean with little fat. Lean meat means it needs to be marinated and tenderized. There’s also the flavor. While lots of people do enjoy the strong, slightly gamey taste of natural grass fed meat, those that are new to its flavor may not enjoy it as much. It’s an acquired taste as they say. That’s where Flying Machine Brewing has really helped us out. So technically, no, our cows are no longer 100% grass fed. They are still pasture grazing on bermuda, rye, fescue, wheat and oat grass their entire lives. The beer grain is a treat for them and is only a very small portion of their diet. This amount does not disrupt their gastrointestinal/digestive system and they are still able to digest vitamin rich grass as normal.
How does this affect the meat? While our beef is still much leaner (and of course healthier) than what you’d find in conventional grocery stores, we now have a bit more marbling in our steaks. This makes for a more tender piece of meat than what we have produced before. The biggest change we have noticed is the flavor. We have been able to retain that bold beef flavor we love without the gamey undertones associated with grass fed meat. We really are thrilled with the outcome!
How can you purchase? We only process one grass fed/beer grain fed cow at this time, so supplies do not last long. You can purchase individual cuts at our garden center or reserve a quarter cow for you family.
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