Welcome to Gemstone Grass Fed Beef. While 2018 may be our first year serving beef products directly from our pasture to your table, our farm has been situated in the prairie grasslands of Gem, Alberta since 1932.
Gemstone Grass fed beef is produced by the Doerksen family. We are a multigenerational farming and ranching family situated in the prairie grasslands in Gem, Alberta, approximately 150 km east of Calgary, Alberta. We are thrilled about the opportunity to connect with more Albertan families, as we join the farm to table movement.
What makes Gemstone special?
Family Owned, Alberta Raised
Our approach to our grass fed program is rooted in our family values, respect for the land, and respect for our livestock. We believe in raising cattle in a way that would make our parents and grandparents proud.
Grass Fed, Grass Finished
In the spring, summer and fall, our cattle graze on a variety of lush, nutrient dense grasses and other forage. We rotate them through our open pastures often, so they can select the most nutritious parts of the plant, resulting in high quality beef that our customers desire.To maintain health and growth, cattle finished in the cold winter months are fed a mix of green hay and silage.
Silage is chopped up grass, or other green fodder, that is preserved over the winter by airtight fermentation to prevent spoilage. Just like canning vegetables or fruits! Small quantities of sunflower seeds, rolled flax or malt sprouts may also be added for extra energy and nutrition. No grains are fed!
Better for the Animals
Animal care is our top priority. We believe in creating a comfortable, natural environment for our cattle, using low-stress handling and herding methods. Gemstone cattle are born and raised on our farm and enjoy a natural, grain free, nutrient rich diet free from added hormones.
In the winter, our cattle remain free to roam in large fields, but are also provided with wind shelter and straw bedding for protection during storms and extreme cold.
Better for the Environment
We are committed to creating a healthy, thriving environment for generations to come through regenerative farming practices. When properly managed, grazing animals improve grassland ecosystems by cycling nutrients, building soil and enhancing plant root systems. We treat our farm like an ecosystem, and our cows play the most important role.
Better for You
If you want to be your best, you have to eat your best! Because Gemstone grass fed cattle are fed a natural diet, the beef that results is healthy, tender and nutritious.
Research has shown that finishing cattle on a grass fed diet has several health benefits for consumers. Some of the health benefits of grass fed beef include:
- Higher in Vitamin A and E, powerful antioxidants that support healthy vision, skin, bones and other tissues in the body.
- Two to three times more conjugated linoleic acid, a healthy fat that's been tied to improved immunity and anti-inflammation.
- Higher concentration of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, essential fatty acids that have been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and other conditions.
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