Glenn Elzinga: Grass Fed Beef from the Mountains of Idaho
By: Dave Asprey
October 8, 2013
Alderspring Ranch produces some of the best tasting and highest quality grass fed beef in North America. Glenn Elzinga, expert organic rancher and owner of Alderspring Ranch, shares what goes into creating Bulletproof approved beef and why it’. For over 20 years Glenn and Caryl Elzinga have worked hard and stayed true to the land and the cattle that roam on it. It’s a family ranch with a ton of heart and in this episode you will hear Glenn and I really geek out about beef. You will learn about the roots of Alderspring, why it’s so important not to micro-manage roaming cattle, how eating grass fed beef makes you more Bulletproof, and a lot more!
Alderspring Ranch is a real place, a family ranch. Glenn and Caryl Elzinga have grown grass fed and finished beef in Idaho’s Rocky Mountains for over 20 years. It is in the wild and pristine setting of Idaho’s high Pahsimeroi Valley that they found the ideal place to raise their certified organic Angus beef. In addition, Glenn’s background in forest ecology and Caryl’s as a PhD in plant ecology specifically equipped them to manage their landscape-level ranch comprised of over 70 square miles of high elevation wildlands- one of the largest certified organic ranches in the U.S They are experts at producing top quality cuts of beef for the discerning public. They are the opposite of a corporate outfit or a front through which to funnel odd cattle. Their passion is to grow the best beef you’ve ever had, and do it in a way that benefits all parts of an agricultural system, including the consumer, the land, the community, the cattle, and family.
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What You Will Hear
- 1:51 – Welcome Glenn
- 2:00 – Glenn discusses his business and family history
- 4:00 – How Alderspring… sprang up!
- 5:20 – Wild cattle – Wild landscapes
- 5:40 – The range of grass fed meat in America
- 6:44 – Grass fed fraud
- 7:03 – USDA methods to measure grass fed flavor/nutrition
- 8:11 – What are the grocery store differences in beef? How to choose?
- 10:08 – Hydroponic agriculture
- 12:05 – Beef is a super food
- 12:30 – Fusarium and the corn hangover
- 13:00 – Taste the difference (ribeye)
- 13:40 – Farmland as a precious commodity
- 14:10 – Eat grass fed on Bulletproof and know your rancher
- 14:45 – If you ate 1 pound of meat a day how many animals will you eat in a year?
- 15:50 – Don’t micro-manage the cattle!
- 17:10 – How is grass fed beef farming sustainable?
- 18:50 – Permaculture and the potential of carbon (re-establishing native grasslands)
- 20:44 – The problem with soil
- 22:00 – Counting earthworms
- 23:25 – The future of grass fed beef?
- 24:20 – Why isn’t beef artisanal?
- 24:42 – Alderspring meat is the best beef that Dave has ever had!
- 26:24 – Be a discerning eater/consumer
- 26:50 – How good quality beef can help your sex life
- 28:00 – Get high with grass fed beef
- 28:40 – What do cows eat during winter?
- 31:00 – Is silage a good idea?
- 31:50 – Cows and mycotoxins = less vigor
- 34:11 – Meat processing and flavor variation within seasons
- 35:20 – How do you humanely kill a cow?
- 37:35 – How do you process a dead cow?
- 39:03 – Why some meat is tough
- 40:41 – Aging beef
- 45:40 – Bad BPA
- 47:25 – How to buy the farm?
- 49:29 – Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
- 52:00 – Meat subscriptions
- 54:00 – Top 3 recommendations to kicking more ass!
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