Posts by markhulsebus

The Health Benefits of Lamb and Goat Meat

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Here in the US, chicken, pork and beef reign supreme when it comes to consumers’ favorite meat choices. However, this isn’t the case in other parts of the world. Lamb and goat are particularly popular in many European, Asian and Oceanic countries, and for good reason. They’re incredibly tasty, and also very healthy to eat. Look, we love our beef and poultry products. But if you haven’t tried lamb or goat meat yet, you’re missing out. Here are just a few reasons you should consider adding lamb and goat meat into your diet.  Diversify Your Food Profile Every creature is a little different, and...

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Eating Local Meat is Actually More Sustainable than Veganism

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Caring about the environment is absolutely a noble cause, and one that we at Heartland Family Farms take seriously. However, if you follow environmental news at all, you’ll probably have heard that going vegetarian is one of the best ways to save the planet — and that’s a notion we want to help lay to rest. Let me explain. First of all, let’s take a look at some of the research that has led to the notion that raising livestock is bad for the planet. A lot of this belief comes from a report published by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization titled “Livestock’s Long Shadow.” The report,...

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Does the Quality of Your Meat Affect Your Health?

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

You already know that the image of a fresh family farm is infinitely more pleasant than that of a factory farm. Obviously, wide-open spaces, a loving family of caretakers, happy animals and fresher produce looks a lot better than cramped spaces, pesticide-sprayed plants, and animals living in poor conditions. But does the way your meat is raised actually affect your health in any way? Turns out, what’s good for animals is good for us. And there’s plenty of science behind the idea. Here are just three of the reasons why farm-fresh products are better for you and your family’s health. ...

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The Story Behind Your Egg Yolks

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Here in the US, many of us have grown accustomed to pale yellow egg yolks. If we saw the egg yolks from chickens raised abroad, we’d probably wonder what the heck was wrong with our eggs. It may surprise you to know that the natural color of wild poultry eggs is actually a deep orange color, not quite as bright as the outer peel of a particularly ripe orange. Of course, there’s plenty of room for variance in nature – sometimes you might encounter a bright yellow yolk or one that has a paler hue. But in nature, you’d never find the millions of similarly colored pale yellow egg yolks...

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How Do You Spell Transparency?

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

When’s the last time you looked at a menu and read that something was “sustainably sourced,” “organically grown” or “farm-to-table”? If you’re like most of us, it probably wasn’t too long ago. In fact, these buzz words of the food industry have been trending for years. Why? Because restaurants and manufacturers know that customers want to trust the food they’re putting into their bodies. But it’s more than just these fancy buzz words that are trending within the food, restaurant, and agriculture industry – it’s transparency and trust in general. Consider...

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We don’t use pesticides: Here’s why.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Lately in Iowa, there’s been a lot of conversation around clean water. The discussion is largely about whether lawmakers can fix the problem – and if so, how. The issue is complicated and multi-faceted. However, as farmers, we know that part of the solution is that we need to be careful about what we put into the soil. Part of that problem? Pesticides. While pesticides may not be the only pollutant in our water, there have been a multitude of studies showing that the chemicals do in fact affect the health of both the ecosystem and the humans who live in the surrounding area. And...

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Do you know what’s in your food? We do!

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

They say ignorance is bliss, but many people are starting to disagree – especially when it comes to what they're eating. A recent study from Technomic found that people are increasingly becoming more concerned with what exactly is in their food (a trend we at Heartland are completely on board with).

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If You Could Talk to the Animals…

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Whether it’s killer whales or chickens, people are concerned about animal welfare – as well they should be. Farmers are no different, though many would make us out to be cruel and uncaring. Just as our parents taught us, and their parents taught them, we’ve taught our children to treat all of god’s creatures with love and respect. It’s just the right thing to do. From the food producer’s perspective, we treat our cows, hogs, and chickens in the most humane manner possible. From what they eat to how we care for their health to the environment they live in, we afford these selfless creatures...

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Exposed! The Truth About Family Farms

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently the City of Des Moines Water Works sued three counties in Iowa – Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun. The reason? Nitrates, which flow into the Raccoon River and threaten the city’s water quality. We are troubled by the behavior of both the City and the responses from the counties and general public.  Not surprisingly, a media circus has ensued with barbs flying and misinformation disseminated faster than we can Tweet. I’m not writing to take a stand either way, but to point something out. That both the city and its public population and farm owners of all sizes and sorts –...

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Where’s The Beef? Everywhere.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently, they published an article entitled One Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done indicating that 30 percent of the food we grow is never eaten, and we can do better. This made us think of beef. Do you ever wonder just how much of a cow is wasted when beef is produced?

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Heartland Fresh Featured in The Hawkeye

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Donnellson’s Leslie Hulsebus had a growing concern about the quality of food she was purchasing from her local supermarket for her three children and husband. She was also aware that the beef finding its way to the family dinner table was produced in less than a humane manner. But unlike many others that share the same worries, Hulsebus was in a position to do something about her concerns.

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Supply and Demand

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Welcome back to our blog. It’s been a while since we’ve shared our perspectives on local food and sustainable agriculture but we’re about to ramp things up again so stay tuned! With the holidays coming around and the demand for our meat increasing, we thought it’d be a good time to get into how supply and demand work on farms like ours. You probably know we primarily raise cattle in addition to chickens, turkeys, hogs, sheep and goats.  We treat our animals well and manage their lives and environment in the most natural way possible. Each of those animals will provide us with high quality...

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