Mike Sulzer, following his father, Hans Sulzer, is the 4th generation to farm this land on the rolling limestone hills of southern Wisconsin. He and his family are passionate about natural health and the humane treatment of animals. Their closed-herd cow/calf operation produces about 125 spring market Black Angus cattle which are allowed to live as humanely, stress-free, and natural a life as possible.
The cows are on a mainly forage-based diet and out on lush green pasture all summer, spring, and fall. In winter, they are sheltered and provided unlimited premium hay, haylage, and silage to keep them grass-fed year round. Alfalfa and red-clover grow naturally and plentifully on the pastures which further supports higher CLA in the beef. No more than 10% of the diet is home grown non-GMO corn for linoleic acid, the building block for CLA and the fats that are needed to store CLA. This also provides energy for warmth over winter and seems more natural to them since they preferentially eat seed heads they find on tall autumn grasses most likely instinctively in preparation for winter, calving, and nursing their young. Animals, just like humans, need dietary fats. Additionally, fermentation (silage/haylage), boosts nutritive value, adds glyconutrients and fats, and provides healthy microflora while adding the Angus marbling and superb taste quality that some may miss in grass-fed non-Angus meats.
Research is showing that the amount of cancer-fighting CLA depends upon the amount of fat in the muscle. Cuts with higher fat deliver higher CLA and breeds that have higher intramuscular fat or marbling fat, like Angus, will deliver higher levels of CLA especially when combined with a mainly forage diet and a healthy microintestinal rumen. When boosted with seed oils, researchers report higher levels of CLA in both beef and dairy. And, when the fat is removed, for example in skim milk, the CLA is also decreased or absent (The CLA Network, www.CLAnetwork.com). Linoleic acid is the building block for CLA and it is found in seed oils such as corn (see study listed on University of Idaho website). You can be sure the cattle are neither vaccinated nor injected with antibiotics, growth hormones or stimulants, nor medications of any kind and they are not given any genetically modified (GMO) feeds.
When you are looking for grass-fed beef, keep in mind that could be any breed of cattle including retired dairy cows and calorie or seed/grain restricted or too lean of meats may not in fact be the best nutritional option. Nevertheless, Sulzerbeef will do their best to customize finishing to your liking and personal health beliefs. Black Angus is known for its delicious taste and Sulzerbeef aims to blend exceptional taste with healthier animal fats for optimal nutrition while respecting animals and nature at the same time.