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Taralga Springs Beef

June 6, 2009

Angus

Sarah and Peter from Taralga springs came to my attention when we first decided to do grass fed beef. Infact, all of our first 3 months beef was from Taralga Springs.

We have since branched out into other producers but still consider Taralga to be the one of the best producers of grass fed beef around.
here is some excerpts from their news letters. It will tell you more about the beef technically than I can.

The goal of Taralga Springs
“We aim to minimise the stress on the animals at
every stage of the process. This is achieved by
raising calm cattle, handling them regularly and
making plenty of fresh pasture and drinking water
available to them. The natural free range
environment is also important to raising content, stress-free animals. These factors are critical to the production of great meat. Our beef is chemical, antibiotic and hormone growth promotant free. We are committed to farming in a sustainable way, with a view to constantly improving the land and our environment.

‘what’ do we do?
Funnily enough we produce beef. It is grass-fed, free-range and is free of chemicals, antibiotics and hormone growth promotants (HGPs).

I think the whole chemical, antibiotic and HGP-free thing is both well understood and widely appreciated, so I’ll save some space and refrain from banging-on about those features. But the grass-fed and free range parts are critical to the Taralga Springs Beef story.

To me, I much prefer the flavours of grassfed meat over grain-fed. And if you need to go beyond the flavour comparison, I believe grass-fed is healthier for you too.

The beef we produce is tender in its own right, without needing to rely upon excessive intramuscular fat (“marbling”). Another way of putting it, the meat we produce is relatively lean while not sacrificing tenderness. In contrast, grain-fed beef often relies upon fat to achieve the required tenderness – it can mask otherwise tough meat.

In a feedlot, the cattle are restricted in their movement (being confined to highly populated, small enclosures) and fed a concentrated grain diet in order to put on maximum weight as quickly as possible. Upon induction to a feedlot, the cattle are given a hormone growth promotant – to trick their body into growing more quickly – and they are also given antibiotics to stop them getting sick from their unnatural living conditions and feed regime. None of which, in my view is conducive to producing a healthy product. But wait, there’s more. Grass fed cattle has conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) levels that are 3 to 5 times higher than lot fed cattle.”

Thanks Peter

Check out http://www.themeatrix.com for some animated explanation of the meat industry.

All this is great I just know when you eat this beef it will be hard for you to go back to eating the grainfed rubbish we have been spoonfed.

Cheers

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Max Mullins permalink
    November 16, 2010 1:42 pm

    Hello Peter Im the new kitchens operations manager at longrain i would like to contact you in regard to a friends father who would like to pass his cattle on as you do i can be contacted at work on 02 92802888 or 0416817316 all the best

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