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OUR BEEF SOURCES

Empire Valley Beef

We are proud to work with one of Canada’s best local suppliers of Grass Finished Beef. Joyce and John have been raising the highest quality premium beef in the majestic Chilcotin grassland benches along the Fraser River since 1998. Through rotational grazing practices and the natural grazing patterns of their cattle, they have been able to restore natural grassland species and enhance native grass production year over year. In 2008 they were awarded the BC Rangelands Management Award from the Society for Range Management. Their beef is 100% Pasture Raised, Grass-fed and Grass-finished which means that the cows never receive any sort of grain crop. Check out the bottom of the page for the associated health benefits to eating this meat, you will not be upset you did.

Images from our recent visit to Empire

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'Grass Fed' means that the cow eats only grass during the formative years of its life. However, be aware that this cow could still be finished on grains to accelerate its growth before it is auctioned. 'Grain Finished' cows are fed a mix of grains (Corn, Maize, Soy) several months before processing to increase their yield. '100% Grass Fed' or 'Grass Finished' means that the cow has only had access to grass all the way up until it is harvested.

They say you are what you eat, well in the case of meat, you are what your food eats. Just like humans, cows can survive on a wide range of caloric sources. But like humans some foods make cows healthy while others make them sick.

Animals synthesize everything they eat into energy, muscles, fat, bones and tissue… every ounce of the animal comes from the food or liquid they consume. So it’s easy to see how their diet can have a profound impact on the quality of their meat and its nutritional composition. Grains like corn, maze and soy are higher in Omega 6 fatty acids, which when eaten in high levels can cause many negative health consequences in humans. Cows that eat these grains have much higher levels of these fats present in their meat, which is then ingested by us.

We choose to sell products from animals that have been raised on a natural healthy diet, in line with what they have evolved to eat and in a setting that they are happiest. By focusing on this, we ensure that you are eating the most nutrient rich protein raise in the most ethical way..