Cedar Summit beef steers are born and raised outside on the lush grasses of Cedar Summit Farm. Lean Genetics, a healthy diet, and freedom to roam outside make Cedar Summit beef the first choice for increased flavor and lower fat. Naturally grown, our 100% grass fed steers are a dependable source of protein, Omega 3 and CLA.
The natural food for ruminant animals always has been grass. The members of the bovine family, with their four stomachs, have the amazing ability to convert grass into high quality food that sustains this large animal. Meat and milk from a 100% grass-fed animal is high in Omega 3 fatty acids and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), which is essential to the human body.
Essential Fatty Acids – Omega 3 & Omega 6
Until recent times, human beings ate a diet that was pretty well balanced in the two essential fatty acids. Today our diets are highly out of balance with Omega-6 fatty acids being 15 to 20 times higher than Omega-3 fatty acids. This shift has been brought about by our use of grain-based cooking oils and the widespread grain feeding of ruminant animals.
Omega-3 fatty acids come from the green leaves of plants, and cattle that eat grass will have high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids in their meat and milk. Omega 3 is essential to the well being of the human body, however our bodies cannot make it. Omega 3 tells our bodies to make lean muscle mass, and fights inflammatory diseases as well as diabetes and cancer.
Omega-6 fatty acids come from seeds of plants (grain), and animals that are grain-fed (corn, oats, etc.) will be high in Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega 6 does the same thing to us as it does to the steers-it tells our bodies to store fat! Grain is not a natural food for cattle and they need antibiotics to keep them well.
Medical research has shown that tumors injected with pure Omega-6 fatty acid grew four times as fast as before. In contrast, tumors cease to grow when injected with pure Omega-3 fatty acid. We need more Omega 3 in our diets to balance out the Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio. These fatty acids both play an important role in our bodies, but they must be in balance.
Members of the cow family are ruminants with four stomachs. These stomachs are designed to convert grass and legumes into Conjugated Linoleic Acid. This produces a lean beef that is high in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). CLA is a fatty acid that is found only in the fat of ruminant animals. Meat and milk from grass-fed animals is typically four to five times higher in CLA then from traditional grain fed animals. CLA is a better cancer fighter than Omega 3 and CLA promotes lean muscle mass in humans and tells your body to burn fat for fuel.
100% Grass fed cattle have have a milder acid in their stomach than humans do, therefore any E.Coli bacteria growing in the stomach of grass-fed ruminants will not survive in the human stomach. It takes a much stronger acid to digest corn. E.Coli will adapt to this stronger acid, which is stronger than human stomach acid, and will make humans quite ill.
For more information on milk from grass fed meat go to www.eatwild.com
How Do I Buy Beef?
Cedar Summit Beef may be purchased in small packages at our creamery or in larger quantities such as:
- Gourmet Beef Packs 30 pounds (minimum), this is about 1/12 of a steer and fits most kitchen freezers. This pack contains a variety of lean ground beef, steaks, roasts, stew meat and stir fry.
- Ground Beef Packs 30# of Ground Beef in 1# packages.
- Beef in Halves and Quarters Quarters are sold in split sides only. A half will yield 2 split sides. Each split side has an equal amount of cuts taken from the front and back quarters.
Our beef is very lean and must not be overcooked or it will be dry and tough. When meat is very lean it does not have the fat marbling to insulate and keep the meat moist, however when this meat is cooked right it is delicious! Grass-fed meat should be cooked more slowly with less heat. For those of you who are hunters, cook our beef like you would cook venison.
Please email or call 952-758-6886 for current beef prices and availability
Side and quarter sold by hanging weight + processing.
- Beef Side (approximately 300 lbs. hanging weight)
- Beef Quarter- Split Side (approximately 150 lbs. hanging weight)
You will be notified when our processor is ready to cut your order and he or she will help you decide how to have it cut. Below is a chart showing where different cuts come from on the steer.
Retail Cuts of Beef
For more information:
Email: Contact Us (enter order in the designated box)
Mail: Cedar Summit Dairy, 25830 Drexel Ave, New Prague, MN 56071