Why Wildfire Ranch’s Longhorn Beef?

Today’s health conscious consumer doesn’t have to avoid tender juicy steaks (beef).  Not only is Longhorn beef leaner than that of other breeds, it’s also lower in saturated fats.  The flavorful Longhorn beef has less cholesterol and calories than chicken.  Definitely good news for a healthy lifestyle.  “Red Meat” is a treasure trove of nutrients, including protein, iron, vitamin B12, and more.  One of the healthiest red meats is Longhorn Beef, which is low in “fat”.   -Cliff Sheats, certified clinical nutritionist, and nationally recognized author of Lean Bodies

Including lean beef  in a heart healthy diet can positively impact blood cholesterol levels.  Studies have shown that eating lean beef can help increase “good” cholesterol and reduce “bad’ cholesterol in people with elevated cholesterol levels.

Why Texas  Longhorn Beef?  Longhorn breeders that use these words (registered, certified)  are speaking of their herd.  There are organizations where we “Register” our animals.  To “register” our cattle we have to identify the sire and cow (father and mother) and the animals must be 100% Longhorn.  Pure in breed.  The Breeders must be trusted, unless a DNA test is used.

Why is Texas Longhorn Beef better than Angus? It is genetically leaner with less waste fat. Wildfire Ranch’s (WF) beef is all naturally grown without hormones, steroids, implants or laced with antibiotics of any kind. Longhorns marble excellently with just a thin amount of waste fat.

Where is Wildfire Ranch’s Texas Longhorn Beef processed? After a large amount of research WF ranch chose Westcliffe Meats to process our beef. It is a family owned business. The beef is hung to age, then cut and professionally vacuum-packed at this USDA 100% inspected facility.  Statistics reveal the American consumer is on average the eighth “owner” of a store bought package of beef.  Cattle are bought, sold, hauled, medicated, fed and moved all over the nation before they get to your dinner table . The average steer is hauled over 3000 miles during his less than 24 month life in general.

Is all Texas Longhorn Beef from WF beef grass fed?  Yes, Colorado native grasses and alfalfa hay during the winter when needed.  During the last couple of months prior to calving  we do feed protein tubs to our cows so that they will be as healthy as possible for calving . This is done mostly in winter when grass is dormant.

Is grass fed, all natural beef easily available? No. Statistics show less that 4% of the USA beef supply is proven all natural and grass fed. The countries of origin are typically unknown to the consumer and unidentifiable in most beef packages bought from a grocery store.

Does the breed of cattle effect meat quality? Texas Longhorn cattle are disease resistant, healthy and without a doubt possessing more longevity than any other USA breed. You are not only “what you eat”, but “what you eat–eats.”

What part of beef helps prevent cancer? Grass fed beef is high in “conjugated linoleic acid” or CLA. Noted Doctor Michael Pariza, University of Wisconsin, discovered that CLA interfered with growth of cancer tumors. The University Francois-Rabelais, France (Lavillonniere) revealed when breast adipose tissue was collected that CLA has a protective effect against breast cancer. CLA can not be produced by the human body, but is easily obtained through foods such as whole milk and beef from grass fed cattle. Grass grazed cattle had five times more CLA than those fed corn silage.

What kind of beef helps prevent heart attack? Cattle produced completely on a grass diet, have revealed up to five times more “Omega-3” fatty acid than non-grass fed. By regular intake of grass fed beef within a few months one can alter the type of fats found in all our cell membranes as well as their function. The scientific benefits of increasing Omega-3 fatty acids into the cellular membranes of the heart muscle cells as well as the endothelium of the arteries is profound. This will modify cell signaling and gene expression as well as promote the production of beneficial prostaglandin’s while reducing harmful clot-promoting thromboxanes. Coronary thrombosis/heart attack is prevented and electrical stability created reducing arrhythmia.

What about vitamin E? Grass has 20 times more vitamin E than corn. Meat from cattle raised on lush grass is four times higher in vitamin E than feed lot cattle. In humans, vitamin E is linked with lower risk of heart disease and cancer. This potent antioxidant may also have anti-aging properties.

Should families be concerned about antibiotic feeding to food animals?  According to Reuters News Service last year, three million pounds of antibiotics were given to humans. Animals (fowl included) received 25.6 million pounds. About 24.6 million pounds of medication went for meat production to healthy subjects. The Union of Concerned Scientists seriously fear the human population is becoming resistant to historically helpful antibiotics by intake of meats grown with heavy use of antibiotics.

Which food animals, fowl or fish use the least antibiotic? Free range, grass fed WF Longhorn beef is raised free of antibiotics, hormones, steroid or growth implants. It is the way Longhorns were raised when they walked the pristine trails of 1880. Request 100% grass fed Longhorn beef and know for sure you are doing the right thing for your family, for all the right reasons.

What does Longhorn Beef provide to the customers? Some beef producers raise on grass, but finish with grain (typically the last 90 – 120 days prior to process ). That is what is known as the feed lot, adding grain results in the bovines adding fat and weight.  Wildfire Ranch’s longhorns, are fed natural prairie grasses and hay.  The broth from our grass-fed beef bones is promoted for it’s healing affect on the human digestive system, arthritic conditions and overall skin and hair health. Grain-fed beef has a much higher risk of containing E. Coli bacteria. Our animals are independently processed and are not “cross-ground” (combined with others).  Our grass-fed beef will have a yellow tint in the fat, which is the beta-carotene the cattle get from the grass they eat. A white, pasty fat in beef is the “give-away” that the beef is finished with grain.  Our beef has a rich, dark color with little to no marbling. Marbling is fat content. Our beef does not rate on the USDA chart because of it’s incredibly lean quality, which makes it an exotic beef product.  Learn more about our “Texas Gold” by visiting TLBAA.org.  Longhorn beef is naturally 95% lean, yielding a higher net cooked weight.