Why Buy from Prairie Psalm Farm?
Antibiotics are used in the livestock industry to treat an animal whose body is severely taken over by large quantities of bacteria, whose system needs additional help to recover.
For beef, antibiotics are usually used for sick animals only, and most will recover with time.
For chicken raised for meat, since the average life span is around eight weeks, the time spent for recovery is detrimental to its growth. Consequently, antibiotics are supplied in chicken feed as a preventative measure in about half of all chicken produced in the U.S.
At Prairie Psalm Farm, we reduce this risk of parasites by rotating our chickens and beef on grass and providing fresh well-water daily. Our chickens don't need antibiotics to grow fat, because their environment protects them. Our beef is not allowed to drink water in ponds containing excretions from other cattle.
Prairie Psalm Farm Beef
If you've heard something about grass fed being tough and gamey, please don't make up your mind yet. Our beef is intentionally smaller framed and matures faster than most commercial cattle running through the market. Instead of focusing on putting the most weight on a carcass before slaughter for more income per head, we cater to the taste, texture, and flavor quality that our customer's experience. Our family prefers non-grain-fed beef because it's healthier--with lower saturated fats, higher omega three fatty acids (to reduce risk of heart disease and help lower blood pressure), and higher conjugated lineolic acids (CLAs, which contain anti-inflammatory properties).
Prairie Psalm Farm Chicken
Read the "No Antibiotics" section for more information. Additionally, although research has shown no antibiotics are found in the meat after processing (after certain no-antibiotic rest periods before slaughter), bacteria resistant to the antibiotics does survive in the meat. This typically isn't an issue with proper cooking temperature and prep area safety measures, which is why raising chickens with antibiotics is still common practice in the U.S. However, if the bacteria (usually resistant strains of salmonella) does happen to be consumed, it is more difficult to recover from chicken containing antibiotic resistant bacteria. Chicken raised with no antibiotics MUST be raised in a low-parasitic environment to grow fat, or even survive on their own. Inherently, the antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria count is much lower, reducing risk of human consumption.