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Meadow Maid Foods, LLC  Copyright 2015   |   PO BOX 164, Yoder, WY  82244    |   e-mail us   |    307-534-2289  
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For the Heart:  Grassfed beef is very nutritional and healthy for your heart!
From the Heart:  We love to share wholesome, delicious food with you.

Lean, grass fed beef is lower in fat than grain-fed beef.  Typically, a grass-fed sirloin steak contains about one
half to one third as much fat as a similar grain-fed steak.

Rich in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) - a potent antioxidant which reduces cancer risk.  In studies, CLA
reduces tumor growth in laboratory animals, and lowers risk of breast cancer in women. Research also shows
that natural sources of CLA (as opposed to pills) provide the best health benefits.

Good Fats are found in Grassfed Beef.  Low in Omega-6 fatty acids, grass-fed beef lowers the risk of obesity,
diabetes, cancer and immune disorders such as arthritis and asthma.  Grassfed beef yields the proper dietary
ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids, unlike grain-fed beef.  

People who consume enough Omega 3 fatty acids reduce their risk for heart attack, high blood pressure, and
irregular heartbeat.  Additional benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids include lower risk for mental disorders, stroke,
and cancer.

Grassfed meat is high in Vitamin E.  In a recent Colorado State University study, grassfed meat was shown to
contain four times as much Vitamin E as feedlot beef.  A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E is associated with
lower rates of heart disease and cancer.

To read more about health benefits of grassfed meats, including scientific references, visit eatwild.com.
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Cattle frolic with wildlife.  Cattle raised for Meadow Maid® Foods grassfed beef live in sync with nature,
wildlife, and more than 120 species of birds.

We raise perennial pastures rather than annual feed crops. Grassland ecosystems are one of the most
significant CO
2 sinks on the planet.  Pastures also minimize soil erosion.

Grazed Grasslands are Diverse.  Moderate grazing produces greater plant species diversity than no grazing or
lightly grazing (data from Colorado State University study).

Pastured Animals Improve Soil Fertility.  Cattle manure and urine boost soil fertility naturally when distributed
fresh across pastures.  

Cows Harvest their Own Food.  Letting cattle harvest their own food requires very little fossil fuel input
compared to farming, trucking, storing, and feeding grains and other rations.

Toxic Chemical Inputs are Eliminated.  Pastures used to raise Meadow Maid® Foods beef are never treated
with chemical pesticides or herbicides.  Furthermore, the cattle are never treated with toxic insecticides, as
are most American cattle.  Finally, chemical fertilizers, which stress natural ecosystems within the soil, are
not used.
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Cattle graze year-round on pasture.  Confinement periods are extremely limited.  

Stress during handling is minimized.  Handling facilities are based on a modified Temple Grandin design
(animal science professor at Colorado State University noted for her reduced-stress handling-facility designs).  

Most cows wean their own calves, eliminating the stress of forced weaning.

Fresh grass, sunshine, reduced stress, and open spaces all combine to keep animals healthy.

No growth hormones are added; no antibiotics are fed.  Animals are not exposed to herbicide or pesticide
treatments.  These materials do not fit our philosophy.
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The Meadow Maid® Foods partners also operate Ridenour Ranch, which supplies Meadow Maid® Foods with
grassfed beef.  We enjoy the opportunity to live close to nature, in the open spaces.  We savor delicious,
clean, natural foods, and we are fortunate to provide such foods to customers who appreciate our methods,
our way of life, and a clean environment.  Thank you for supporting us.
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Meadow Maid® Foods Grass fed Beef Pledge                                                        top
 
Meadow Maid® Foods grass-fed beef is produced to exacting standards.  We pledge to sell grass-fed beef that
is raised:

Entirely on forages.  We feed only on pasture - grass started and grass finished.  Hay is fed only during
times of need.  No grain, animal-byproducts or other non-forage feeds are ever fed.  Only beeves fed entirely
on forages for their entire lifetime should honestly claim the lean, high omega 3, high CLA, healthy, grass fed
beef label.

Without added growth hormones or antibiotics.  Animals only receive antibiotics due to illness, and
animals so treated are not sold as grassfed beef.

Without chemical pesticides, herbicides or insecticides.  Any treatment used on pasture or animals
will comply with current organic standards.  Ask us.

While enhancing wildlife habitat, riparian areas, and wetlands.

To be tender... tasty...delicious!  
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A small, custom USDA-inspected or equivalent state-inspected processing facility handles all of the Meadow
Maid® Foods meats.  They treat the animals humanely, and use natural processing methods.

Grassfed beef is dry aged to maximize tenderness and flavor.
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Meadow Maid® Foods Vegetable Pledge                                                                 top
 
We pledge that in our farming, handling, and marketing of our natural produce, we will:

Reject the use of  synthetic pesticides, broad-spectrum pesticides - even if approved for organic culture,
synthetic herbicides, synthetic fungicides, synthetic fertilizers, GMOs, hybrids, and chemically treated seeds,
synthetic toxic materials, irradiation, and sewage sludge;

Maintain and build healthy soils by farming practices that include annual crop rotation, use of compost,
cover crops, and green manures, and tillage reduction;

Conserve natural resources by reducing erosion and pollution of air, soil, and water through responsible
farming practices, by creation of wildlife habitat, and by encouraging bio-diversity;  

Help preserve farmland and farming know-how, to treat farm workers with respect, sustain the land
for future generations, and pass on our knowledge of sustainable farming practices.

If you have any questions about our natural vegetables, please  contact us.
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Grass fed Beef:  We believe that our animal husbandry and pasture practices qualify for organic certification.  
But, we do not have access to a local, USDA-certified, organic processing plant.  Even if our herd and pastures
were currently certified organic, we would be unable to market as certified organic without the certified
organic processing facility.  If such a facility becomes available within reasonable delivery distance, we may
evaluate their customer service and pricing, and determine whether certification is an economically viable
option. However, many of our practices exceed organic standards, so why certify to a lower standard?

Natural Vegetables:  We never purchase treated seeds or seeds from genetically engineered crops or hybrids,
but our seeds are not always certified organic - many of the rare varieties that we grow are not available as
certified organic seed. We prefer to support genetic diversity by growing only open-pollinated and heritage
(heirloom) varieties. Most certified organic growers raise hybrids (labeled as “F1” in seed catalogs). We raise
no hybrid varieties.

Some of our vegetable production practices actually exceed organic standards:  we minimize use of non-
sustainable inputs such as Alaskan permafrost soil.  We do not use broad-spectrum pesticides, even if approved
for organic use, as these may harm soil flora and beneficial insects. We use compost tea as a foliar spray to
control disease, although NOP regulations restrict this sustainable practice. Again, why certify to a lower
standard?
Meadow Maid® Foods grassfed beef is produced for the heart, from the heart.

Naturally lean, our 100% grass fed beef provides beef lovers with a healthy, chemical-free, gourmet-quality choice.

Our beeves are raised from birth to finish on pasture, on a single ranch in Yoder, Wyoming, with respect for the cattle, and
in harmony with nature.  Cattle graze on native and irrigated pastures year-round, without feed supplements (hay and
minerals are the only exceptions.)  The forage-only diet increases Omega 3 levels, CLA, and Vitamin E, providing a heart-
healthy beef product.

Pastures and animals are free from pesticides, herbicides, added growth hormones, steroids, and antibiotic applications.

Beef is processed at an owner-operated, custom, USDA-inspected or equivalent state-inspected facility, aged for tenderness,
and vacuum-packaged to maintain quality.

For more information about health and environmental benefits of grass-fed beef, and our standards, read below.