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#16 2017-08-11 21:19:16

GalaBoys
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Re: Cornish Cross round 2

For cattle, being grass fed produces a stronger flavoured meat with less fat.

My heritage cockerels are all raised on grass from about 6 weeks onward (in portable tractors that are moved daily), with grain & protein supplement and LOTS of apples (we have an orchard and the fallen apples go to the birds). They are very delicious, yellow fat, and BRIGHT yellow legs.


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#17 2017-08-11 22:19:32

jocelyn
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Re: Cornish Cross round 2

It puts a sweetness in the flavour....and cuts the growth rate a little, which can help with leg issues and sudden deaths.
Then, chickens eat a lot of grass when they can, so they must like it. 

Probably gives them some extra vitamins too, who knows........

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#18 2017-08-12 01:06:36

Robbie
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Re: Cornish Cross round 2

It's not just the taste, it's the health benefits of grass fed (or other green plant material) animals that are important too. Grass fed critters have more Omega-3 fatty acids in their meat, milk and eggs  which are difficult to get into your diet unless you eat a lot of wild caught fatty fish. Factory farmed animals fed on corn and soy get an excess of Omega- 6 fatty acids and therefore so do we when we consume them. Having the right proportion of Omega  3, 6 and 9 fatty acids is important to good health. That's why my grandparents, who basically lived on pork fat, lived well into their old age- with no heart disease- their pigs were pastured so their bacon was not like our bacon. Most people eating a typical North American diet  are deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids. This is from a 2006 (old news!!) publication of Canadian Family Physician:

Historically, the human diet was high in omega-3 fatty acids. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the diet was 1-2:1. During the last 100 years, there has been a marked increase in consumption of omega-6 and a decrease in consumption of omega-3 fatty acids.
There appears to be good evidence (level I and II) of a lower incidence of hypertension, cardiac disease, all-cause mortality, and familial hypertriglyceridemia in patients who consume adequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.
Canada was the first country to adopt guidelines to reduce consumption of omega-6 and increase consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, with a target ratio of 6:1 in the diet. Most Canadians will not achieve this goal.
Family doctors can be confident that promoting a diet with increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids is an important preventive measure.

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#19 2017-08-12 19:06:15

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Re: Cornish Cross round 2

Thank you. It sounds important then to get some greens for them. I'm wondering if sprouted grains would be almost as good as grass? I can get them out in the field to forage, I'm not sure we can spare the water to turn a patch of grass green but maybe we could buy them a couple of sod rolls and keep it watered for them. I think sprouted grain would be easier.

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#20 2017-08-12 19:51:17

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Re: Cornish Cross round 2

Leafy garden scraps work too, so I don't see why sprouted grains in full sun wouldn't be helpful.  Sprout them in soil, to bump up the trace minerals.

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#21 2017-08-12 19:58:09

jocelyn
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Re: Cornish Cross round 2

Well, the last of them are in the fridge, the bus is empty.  Part of me feels relief, as it's a big job to process them all.  Part of me misses the eager stampede as I show up with their daily bucket of 'lawn salad'.  No more pink feathers to pluck, no more holding your breath for a few moments when one decides to get up from dusting right next to you and shakes...clouds of pink dust everywhere  :rofl:

(We have soil on the bottom of the bus, and PEI soil is red when wet and pink when dry)

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