FAQs

Buffalo or bison?

     Carrell Farms raises water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis).  There are 2 species of domestic water buffalo, the swamp or Asiatic water buffalo and the river or Riverine water buffalo.  We raise both.  The water buffalos closest cousin is the African Cape Buffalo.

     The American Bison is not a buffalo.  It is more closely related to the domestic cow.  It will cross with a cow and have viable offspring.  True buffalos are more distantly related to both and will cross with neither. 

 

What is your definition of grassfed?

     A graziers mission is to provide his stock with a continuous, abundant, year-round forage chain.  No single grass can provide all of the nutrition all of the time.  We use a buffet of warm season grasses, cool season grasses, legumes, and forbs to keep our pastures green for most of the year.  Forage fed may be a better term since depending on the season, various bermudagrass strains, fescue, annual ryegrass, crabgrass, various clovers and vetches, lespedeza, dock, plantain, and many other plants make for a broad nutritional profile for our livestock.

 

Do grassfed meats cook differently than grainfed?

     When cooking grassfed meats you can use the same recipes and cooking methods as you would for grainfed meats but expect a shorter cooking time.  Grassfed meats are high in Omega 3 fatty acids.  Grainfed meats are high in Omega 6 fatty acids.  Omega 3's have a much lower melting point than Omega 6's so grassfed meats will cook in about 1/3 less time than grainfed.

 

What are the benefits of eating grassfed meats?