The diet of the animals we consume has a tremendous impact on the nutrient content of their meat, milk, and eggs. New data from a recent USDA study shows a direct correlation between pasture intake and the content of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids in animal products. Grass-fed animals excel in carotenoids, bioflavonoids, tocopherols, and glutathione and have a healthier fatty acid profile. Improving the antioxidant content of animal products requires a higher level of pasture management to enhance pasture quality, forage intake, and animal performance. Participants will also learn about promotion strategies to capture the value of a grass-only diet in the marketplace.
Cindy Daley, California State University, Chico, CA;
Mark Klever, Belcampo Farms, Gazelle, CA.