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SOUTHWEST GRASSFED LIVESTOCK ALLIANCE 

 arizona - colorado - new mexico - utah - texas - kansas

why  grassfed?

 ...Because it tastes good
Meat from grass-fed animals is rich in flavor, because the animals have been eating what nature intended for them to eat.  Grass-fed meat is usually dry-aged, which enhances the flavor and tenderness.

...Because it's good for you
Meat from grass-fed beef, bison, lamb and goats has little total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. It also has vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and a number of health-promoting fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and “conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA.  All this can help to reduce cholesterol and the risk of diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and other life threatening diseases. Grassfed beef is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and calories.  

...Because it's good for the animals
Animals raised free-ranging live happy and healthy lives.  Farmers and ranchers who raise grass-fed livestock do not treat their livestock with hormones or feed them growth-promoting additives. As a result, the animals grow at a natural pace.  

...Because it's good for the land
Raising animals on pasture requires knowledge and skill.  For example, in order for grass-fed beef to be succulent and tender, the cattle should forage on high-quality grasses and legumes. Providing this nutritious and natural diet requires healthy soil and careful pasture management so that the plants are maintained at an optimal stage of growth. Because high-quality pasture is the key to high-quality animal products, good land stewardship is a must.  The ranches also provide open-space and undisturbed habitat, and water, for many wildlife species.  With the ever-encroaching housing developments in rural areas, many times these ranches are the saving grace for the wildlife.
   

Long-term Effects
When you purchase meat, eggs, and dairy products from grassfed animals, you support a healthy and viable local food system which is less energy dependent and which builds community by establishing connections between the producer and the consumer. You help small-scale ranchers and farmers make a living from the land, who can continue to supply families with healthy wholesome products while keeping the land open to a host of wildlife species.

To see where you can buy your grassfed products, see our 
list of member producers
.