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Sunday Cattle Check

The following blog post is from SunFed Rancher, Megan Byrne:

On a recent Sunday, Matt and I took a trip to check cattle at the ranch near Browns Valley. As usual these days, we had our son Luke along for the ride. At nine months old, he’s never met a heifer he doesn’t like or a dirt clod he’s not interested in. This requires a vigilant eye to keep Luke out of trouble or from eating something he shouldn’t, but having him around makes ranch life all the more entertaining when we’re able to see things through his eyes.

As we turned off the pavement and made our way down the gravel road toward the ranch, the first thing we noticed was the quality of the grass. Late October’s rains and early November’s sunshine had worked wonders on the landscape, and the gently rolling hillsides and wide pastures were covered with tall, verdant grasses we wouldn’t normally expect this early in the winter grazing season.

 

The cattle seemed to appreciate the abundance of fresh feed. They looked healthy and relaxed in the unseasonably warm afternoon air. We were pleased to see several members of the herd lying down in the field, a sign of a satiated animal with a full belly.

Per our normal routine, we spent much of the afternoon looking at groups of cattle in their respective pastures, and making stops to check on the state of irrigation ditches, fence lines and water troughs. Luke was delighted to be carried out of the pickup at each pause to get a closer look at the vegetation, water bugs and livestock. I always wonder what Luke thinks of the cattle and whether he’s curious as to why we keep driving around looking at crowds of big, funny-looking dogs. Whatever he thinks of them, it has to be all positive because we got a lot of squeals and hoots out of that kid.

After we finished checking the herd, we stopped to visit Mark who works on the ranch crew. With him was his friendly cow dog, a big sweetheart and a sucker for good pats. Luke wasn’t sure what to make of him at first so I had to hold him while Mark’s dog said hello and got a few friendly sniffs in. Then Luke saw Mark’s barn cat Johnny Cat – a thick, soft tuxedo cat with a purr like an outboard motor. Cat clearly trumped dog and Luke was content to spend his time with Johnny Cat, who was happy to oblige him while Matt caught up with Mark.

Finally, we said our goodbyes to Mark and the pets and loaded back into the pickup. Luke got a well-earned snooze on the way home while I flipped through photos on my camera, as Matt and I talked about how good the grass was and what we were going to make for dinner. It was such a perfect way to end the weekend and we always feel our best when we can spend time outdoors with the critters. And most importantly – we decided we should get Luke a cat of his own! Maybe for Christmas, we’ll see.

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SunFed Ranch Celebrates Fifth Anniversary by Introducing New Grass Fed Beef Product Lines at Natural Products Expo West

SUNFED RANCH CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

Introduces new grass fed beef value-added product lines at Natural Products Expo West

WOODLAND, Calif. (March 17, 2016)—Five years ago today Matt Byrne and Chris Donati launched SunFed Ranch on shared values and a commitment to provide sustainable, healthy food to nourish a new generation of conscientious consumers. Founded in 2011, the company started selling fresh boxed grass fed beef to Bay Area stores and restaurants and has now grown to become a leading branded organic and natural grass fed beef supplier sourcing only from select American family farms.

“Today’s five-year anniversary marks a significant milestone and accomplishment for SunFed Ranch, demonstrating the consumer demand for humanely and sustainably raised, grass fed beef,” stated Matt Byrne, co-founder and president of SunFed Ranch. “This is a proud day for our family operated and owned company and I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our customers who continue to support our brand, and in turn – our community of ethical, like-minded family ranchers.”

SunFed Ranch recently introduced two new value-added lines at the Natural Products Expo West, held in Anaheim, CA. The new artisan Uncured Deli Meat and convenient, microwavable Skillet Meal lines add value and convenience to the company’s sustainable, organic and grass fed fresh beef offerings. These two new product lines will make grass fed beef available to additional markets, further expanding its growing national footprint.

Proud to produce the highest quality 100% grass fed beef on the market with a rich, complex, old-fashioned beef flavor, SunFed Ranch cattle are humanely raised on select American family ranches. SunFed Ranch families are proud to uphold sustainable farming methods and an unwavering commitment to animal care to ensure the highest quality 100% grass fed and grass finished beef possible.

SunFed Ranch is also pleased to announce that the company has passed a rigorous, independent verification process and is now certified by the Non-GMO Project. This additional, third-party verification will add another level of buyer confidence of GMO controls on the ranch and at the processing plant. The Non-GMO Project seal will begin to appear on a new line of SunFed Ranch beef and value-added items in the spring of 2016.

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SunFed Ranch offers high quality, sustainable, 100% grass fed beef options, from fresh boxed primals to on-trend, chef-inspired, consumer-ready items that provide choice and convenience.

SunFed Ranch is a community of ethical, like-minded family ranchers committed to providing sustainable, healthy food to nourish a new generation of conscientious consumers. SunFed Ranch beef is produced exclusively from select American family ranches, from cattle that have been humanely and ethically treated and raised with no hormones or antibiotics added, in addition to have passed a rigorous, independent verification process to become Non-GMO Project verified.

To learn more about SunFed Ranch, please visit www.SunFedRanch.com or email info@sunfedranch.com.

Comparison of Cookware Materials

There are so many cookware choices available, it can be overwhelming to find the right pieces for your kitchen. We found this great guide from Fix.com that will help take the guesswork out of selecting cookware. With a little bit of knowledge and a little thinking about your own cooking style, you will be able to outfit your kitchen with a selection of cookware that will be most useful to you.


Source: Fix.com

Ready to cook? Try one of these delicious recipes with your new knowledge of cookware:

Consistent lean beef consumption lowers blood pressure, researchers say

From Meating Place: Consistent lean beef consumption lowers blood pressure, researchers say

Incorporating lean beef into a diet of fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy can reduce risk factors for heart disease, according to recent research at Penn State.

“This research adds to the significant evidence, including work previously done in our lab, that supports lean beef’s role in a heart-healthy diet,” Penny M. Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition, said in a news release. “This study shows that nutrient-rich lean beef can be included as part of a heart-healthy diet that reduces blood pressure, which can help lower the risk for cardiovascular disease.”
The DASH eating plan — Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension — is currently recommended by the American Heart Association to lower blood pressure and reduce risk of heart disease. People following the DASH diet are encouraged to eat fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and protein predominantly from plant sources.
Lean beef may be consumed as the predominant protein source in a DASH-like diet, along with fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy, to effectively help lower blood pressure in healthy individuals, the researchers report in the Journal of Human Hypertension. This DASH-like diet is also called the BOLD+ diet: Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet plus additional protein.
Kris-Etherton and colleagues tested four diets to find the effects on vascular health. The diets tested included the Healthy American Diet — which served as the control — the BOLD+ diet, the BOLD diet and the DASH diet.
The control diet consisted of 0.7 ounces of lean beef per day, while the DASH diet included 1.0 ounce. The BOLD diet had 4.0 ounces and the BOLD+ diet included 5.4 ounces of lean beef.
The researchers tested the diets with 36 participants, ages 30 to 65. All participants followed each diet at different times throughout the study period. Subjects were randomly assigned an order to follow each of the four diet plans for five weeks each, with a break of one week in between each new plan. Blood pressure was taken at the beginning and end of each diet period.
The BOLD+ diet was more effective at reducing blood pressure when compared to the other diets tested.
“This evidence suggests that it is the total protein intake — not the type of protein — that is instrumental in reducing blood pressure, as part of a DASH-like dietary pattern,” the researchers stated.
The Beef Checkoff Program and the National Institutes of Health-supported Penn State General Clinical Research Center funded the research.

Find the article by visiting Meatingplace.com.

Holiday Roast Recipes

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