E BAR CATTLE COMPANY BEEF FAQs:
*Is the grass-fed beef from E Bar Cattle Company grass-finished?
Yes. We raise our cattle on Florida rain and sunshine. They graze on open pastures and drink from open water sources like the creek that runs through the property. We don't use any fillers or additives and feed only forage of both native and improved grasses. Grass-fed, pasture raised & grass-finished.
*What does grass-fed mean?
Grass fed means that we don’t feed our cattle anything that isn’t a forage. During the winter months when the grass has gone dormant and isn’t growing, the cattle eat hay. This hay was a growing forage before being harvested specifically for them to eat through the time when less grass is available. This is what’s natural for the cow and that’s why we say, “Let’s Get Grass Fed”
*What does pasture raised mean?
When we say pasture raised and/or pasture finished it means that our cattle never see a feed lot or spend an extended period of time in confinement. They spend their lives grazing on beautiful green pastures, just like we think a cow should live.
*Where is E Bar Cattle Company Beef from?
Florida. We raise our cattle in the state of Florida and they are also finished and harvested, in the state of Florida.
*Do you have a newsletter?
Yes. We release our newsletter weekly and it will help you stay connected to us and your food. Each newsletter will update you on our cattle, what’s going on at the ranch, and other fun things. As part of our Cattle Crew you’ll also be the first to know about new product releases, our limited time promotions and additional updates. Also, all members of our E Bar Cattle Crew newsletter are automatically signed up for our give aways so it pays to be apart of our E Bar Cattle Crew newsletter!
*Is your beef Organic?
Unfortunately, the term Organic has been misused and misappropriated like so many other things in our food. After talking to many people, the definition of Organic to most means the following: Cattle raised on open pastures and in their natural environment, free to graze, forage and live as a herd. No growth hormones or steroids used and no additives or fillers. This is how we raise our cattle but the USDA does allow the term Organic to be used by the big packers and in their definition it states that they can be Organic and still live in feed lots and fed grain. We choose not to participate in this marketing ploy and instead welcome you to get to know us and our practices. We want you to know where your food comes from.
*Is grass-fed beef good for you?
We don’t believe that beef is bad for you, as in all things it’s all about moderation. We also believe that the United States produces the highest quality of cattle in the world and the guidelines and safety inspections are superior to that of almost any other country. Many countries buy from the U.S. at a premium because they know this to be a fact. With that said, there are additional benefits to buying locally raised grass fed/grass finished beef. In our opinion, the first and foremost benefit is that you know where your food is coming from. You can ask us about our management practices and often times we have pick up events at the same place the cows are raised so you can attest first hand to the grass and condition we raise our cattle in. Secondly, we don’t give our cattle growth hormones. We understand why many consumers are looking for a “clean” beef product; we believe in staying out of the cows way and letting them grow naturally to reach their full potential. Thirdly, there are significant health benefits to eating grass fed/grass finished beef. Health.com reports that “It is much leaner. It’s also higher in key nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins, and a beneficial fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that has been tied to improved immunity and anti-inflation benefits. Grass fed beef packs about 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than grain finished beef. Grass fed beef is also far less likely to contain “superbugs” bacteria that have become resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics - so it’s considered superior from a food safety perspective.” Mayoclinic.org states some of the same information and benefits as well. “According to a study at California State University’s College of Agriculture, grass-fed beef nutrition includes significantly more omega-3 fatty acids and more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than grain-fed beef. Grass fed beef is considered one of the best protein foods around. It’s also higher in precursors for vitamins A and E and cancer-fighting antioxidants compared to grain-fed.” In studies done since 1994 CLA has contributed to weight loss and is being touted world wide as a “must have” in your diet for optimal health. CLA has been studied for its ability to prevent and treat cancer as well as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease as leading nutrition experts have said. It’s also been suggested that grass fed beef improves blood sugar. It’s great for almost all diet plans including but not limited to Ketogenic diet, gluten free diets, low carb and low calorie diets and low fat diets. We are excited for you to try our product to see why so many people are loving E BAR CATTLE COMPANY beef.
*Why is everyone talking about bone broth?
There is a ton of information out there on the health and beauty benefits of bone broth. A quick google search will provide you with well over a million results. Bone broth is not a new thing, it’s actually been used medicinally and in the culinary arts for centuries. Yet, it seems that we are just beginning to truly understand all it’s amazing benefits. If you’d like to know more, check out the link at the bottom of this paragraph. E BAR CATTLE COMPANY soup bones and ox tail can be used to make bone broth. Grass fed/grass finished beef is particularly suited to this purpose due to its lack of impurities, owing to how it’s raised.
*Will E Bar Cattle Company grass-fed beef taste like regular beef from the grocery store?
The flavor you get when eating something comes from what the animal eats. Fat profiles have a big impact on flavors. Grass-fed beef is very high in Omega 3 fatty acid and has a better balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6, unlike grain-fed beef. This means that the flavor you experience, is of the beef itself, and not the additives infused by corn or other unknown sources.
*Do you use a USDA certified processor?
Yes, all of our beef is USDA certified, inspected and labeled as such.
*Do you offer shipping?
We have three great options for getting your beef to you!
First, we do offer shipping to the entire state of Florida. All orders of $149+ receive free shipping. We ship using dry ice and next day delivery to ensure your beef arrives cold, regardless of the Florida weather. The shipping price for orders under $149 is $19.99. Just choose shipping at checkout. (we do ship our 1/4 BEEF SHARE but generally try to doorstep deliver the 1/2 BEEF SHARE when possible).
We also currently offer delivery of our grass-fed beef, to your doorstep, within our immediate local area. Our delivery area is: Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Odessa, Trinity, Dade City, Zephyrhills, and Brooksville. DOORSTEP DELIVERY IS FREE ON ORDERS OF $89 OR MORE!! Delivery is only $9.99 for orders under $89!
You can also pick up your order at the Wesley Chapel Ranch location. Simply choose Ranch pick up at checkout if you'd like to meet us and chat with your local rancher. We'll be in contact shortly after purchase to set up a day and time for pick up if you choose this option.
*What do E Bar Cattle Company cows do all day?
Our cows are raised on native grass blends, and Florida rain & sunshine. Basically, they spend all day moving around the pastures eating grass, chewing grass, then repeat. They’ll chew for about 8 hours a day moving their jaws 40,000 times. They also rest a lot, spending up to 10 hours a day laying down. All that chewing is hard work! When the hot Florida sun is at its peak, they’ll take a dip in the cool water flowing through the ranch. Basically, E BAR cattle are living their best cow life.