Our experience of feeding 8% ground flax seed for 90 days to our cattle prior to harvest has resulted in not only an increase in the meat's omega-3 content, but has improved our overall herd health. Our flax fed cattle have shown no signs of pinkeye while a commercial herd across an electric fence suffer from pinkeye outbreaks each summer.
"Current research at Kansas State University is providing increasing
evidence that adding flax seed to cattle diets dramatically improves
carcass value, strengthens the calf's natural immunities and may enhance
the fatty acid profile of beef."
More recently, studies conducted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
scientists have added another layer of benefits to feeding flax. As
reported by Debbie Furber in AgCanada.com the naturally occurring digestive process of bovine convert flax into rumenic and vaccenic acid, the most common forms of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid).
The level of rumenic acid was three to four times
higher and the level of vaccenic acid was seven to nine times higher in
the beef from the flax-fed heifers compared to beef from the control
group that received a conventional feedlot ration.
Rumenic acid is known for its anticancer properties while early
indications are that vaccenic acid “may reduce triglycerides, LDL
cholesterol, and total cholesterol in the bloodstream.”
Our business model of providing a healthy beef product from healthy
cattle is reinforced by these studies. We believe flax-fed beef has a
special place in today’s health conscious diets.