October 24, 2005
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Grass-Fed Beef Project Invites Area
Residents to Participate
Canton, NY � Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County
is inviting regional residents to participate in the ongoing evaluation of
grass-fed Holstein beef produced locally as part of a research and
feasibility study funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development
Program (NNYADP). While production data exists for producing grain-fed
Holstein beef, this NNYADP project is the first to look at producing high
quality Holstein beef on an all-forage diet.
�This project is designed to evaluate consumer acceptance and the
economics for beef produced locally on an all-grass diet. Several people
who compared the grass-fed beef with traditional grain-fed beef at our
September Harvest Festival said the grass-fed beef has a meatier, moist,
more flavorful taste. We would like more feedback to add to our data and
so we are now extending our taste testing with fresh, frozen cuts,� says
project leader Brent Buchanan of Cornell Cooperative Extension of St.
Buchanan notes that no growth enhancers or feed-based antibiotics
were used with the 30 cows turned out on pasture at the Extension Learning
Farm in Canton. The beef has been processed to USDA inspection standards
by Tri-Town Packing in Winthrop and is frozen primarily in two-serving
packages of various cuts. The meat is also available for purchase in 20
pound, 50 pound and half-carcass lots.
�We are looking for regional households that would be willing to
purchase samples of the beef, prepare it, and complete a short
eight-question survey about the flavor and tenderness of the beef,�
The survey asks participants to identify how the beef is cooked and
to indicate their preferred cuts, for example, roast, steak, hot dogs,
sausage, jerky, etc. Buchanan is asking to have completed surveys returned
by the end of the year.
For more information, contact Anita Morrill at Cornell Cooperative
Extension of St. Lawrence County at 315-379-9192 x234.
Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is a farmer-driven
research and education program for St. Lawrence, Lewis, Jefferson,
Franklin, Clinton, and Essex counties. The program offers fact sheets on
various agricultural topics. To view the list of topics and fact
sheets, click here.