Nutritional benefits of pasture-raised food

FACT is committed to helping livestock and poultry farmers raise their animals outdoors on well-managed pasture due to the numerous benefits associated with pasture-based animal production. Animals living on pasture can move freely and engage in natural behaviors. They also experience lower stress, disease and lameness, as well as fewer reproductive problems. Pasture-based animal production can help to improve soil health and fertility, and mitigate climate change.

In addition, studies consistently show that pasture-raised animals produce nutritionally superior meat, milk and eggs. When when compared to food from animals that were fed grain and raised in confinement, food from animals raised on pasture has better fat quality and increased levels of essential vitamins and nutrients.

Handouts

To showcase these benefits, we’ve created a series of handouts that can be downloaded, printed, and shared in-person or online. The pdf versions are ideal for printing and linking to online, while the image files are good graphics for posting on websites and social media.

Farmers - if you would like personalized versions of any of these documents, please complete our request form and upload photos from your farm. We will insert your photo at the top of the handout and provide you with a file you can print, post and share!

Overview handout (all animals)

Beef cattle handout

Dairy cow handout

Laying hen handout

Meat bird handout

Pig handout

Sheep and goat handout

References

The handouts above are based on a thorough review of the scientific literature. You may download our bibliography for the full list of the peer-reviewed studies we included. Special thanks to Collette Lentz, MS for her work to review the science, and to all of the farmers who provided valuable input as we developed these materials!

Please contact Larissa McKenna, FACT’s Humane Farming Program Director, with inquiries about this project.