Grass fed Beef

Hawaii's Affordable and Healthy Beef

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Hawaii Island has a growing number of ranchers raising free roaming, grass-fed livestock without the use of antibiotics and hormones.  The delicious beef from ranches on Hawaii Island contains less fat, cholesterol, and calories than fatty grain-fed beef from the mainland.

Hawaiian grass-fed beef is healthy and lean with half the total fat of grain-fed beef. A Hawaii raised 6 ounce beef steak is 100 calories less than mainland 6 ounce steaks. Grass-fed beef contains up to six times more Omega-3 fatty acids and substantially more Vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C than corn fed steak. We have had good weight loss by eating grass-fed beef, which has approximately the same fat content as skinless chicken.

Hawaii Island has two meat processing operations, Hawaii Beef Producers and Kulana Foods.  They provide Hawaii’s grass-fed beef to local grocery stores under several brands including KTA’s Mountain Apple, Hawaii Island Grass-Fed Beef, and Island Fresh. The Mattos family owns Paauilo based Hawaii Beef Producers and JJ's Country Market in Honokaa. They receive and process up to 350 head of cattle each month, the majority purchased from ranchers raising grass-fed cattle on the Big Island that are antibiotic and hormone free. Beef cuts can be ordered and picked up at JJ’s Country Market. The Yagi family owns Kulana Foods in Hilo.  Kulana Foods purchases cattle, pigs and sheep for processing and distribution to local supermarkets and restaurants. Kahua Ranch, Palani Ranch and Parker Ranch bring their cattle to Kulana Foods for processing and packaging for stores and restaurants around the island.

FURTHER READING

  1. Nutrition differences between grass fed and grain-fed Animal products
  2. Taste of Hawaii Range pasture fed beef
  3. Ulupono Initiative
  4. Hawaii Big Island Beef facebook

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