Shaw Road Farm to showcase grass fed angus beef at Maine Harvest Festival

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DOVER-FOXCROFT and BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Benjamin Cookson from Shaw Road Farm is in the TV5 studio to talk about Shaw Road Farm and the Maine Harvest Festival.

The Maine Harvest Festival takes place Nov. 17 and 18 from 10 to 4 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. A full schedule of events, a map of vendor locations and tickets can be found at maineharvestfestival.com.

Shaw Road Farm will be located at Booth A113.

Festival Times

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Festival Admission

General Admission - $8

Veterans Discounted Ticket - Available day-of only - $5

Children 12 and under are free

Tickets on sale now! Visit www.ticketmaster.com/cicbangor.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Trusted Choice Box Office at

Cross Insurance Center, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Tickets available in advance or at the door.

Beer, Wine & Spirits Sampling:

You are invited to sample from the best wineries and breweries that Maine has to offer! Proud owners and brewmasters are in their Cross Insurance Center vendor booths and will happily discuss tours and samplings at their locations, pairings, and where to purchase in your local area. Cheers!

Cross Insurance Center wristbands allow:

- 4 samples for $6

- 8 samples for $10

Saturday - 11:00 am - 3 pm

Sunday - 11:00 am - 3 pm

Why Grass-Fed Beef?

Grass fed beef has become a widespread phenomenon and for good reason. With the world's population increasing day by day, mass-produced beef where the animals are living in harsh conditions and fed antibiotics diminishes the nutrient value of the meat. Grass fed beef, known to be one of the more nutrient-dense proteins on earth, has a remarkably higher micro-nutrient profile compared to grain fed beef.

​Benefits of Natural Grass-fed Beef may have:

Less total fat.
More heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
More conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that's thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks.
More antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E.
Vitamin A: Grass-fed beef contains carotenoid precursors to vitamin A, such as beta-carotene.
Vitamin E: This is an antioxidant that sits in your cell membranes and protects them from oxidation.

In agriculture, Managed intensive rotational grazing (MIRG), also known as simply as managed grazing or cell grazing, mob grazing and holistic managed grazing, describes a variety of closely related systems of forage use in which ruminant and non-ruminant herds and/or flocks are regularly and systematically moved to fresh rested areas with the intent to maximize the quality and quantity of forage growth.

One primary goal of MIRG is to have a vegetative cover over all grazed areas at all times, and to prevent the complete removal of all vegetation from the grazed areas ("bare dirt") MIRG can be used with cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks and other animals. The herds graze one portion of pasture, or a paddock, while allowing the others to recover. The length of time a paddock is grazed will depend on the size of the herd and the size of the paddock and local environmental factors. Resting grazed lands allows the vegetation to renew energy reserves, rebuild shoot systems, and deepen root systems, with the result being long-term maximum biomassproduction. MIRG is especially effective because grazers do better on the more tender younger plant stems. MIRG also leave parasites behind to die off minimizing or eliminating the need for de-wormers. Pasture systems alone can allow grazers to meet their energy requirements, and with the increased productivity of MIRG systems, the grazers obtain the majority of their nutritional needs without the supplemental feed sources that are required in continuous grazing systems.

One key element of this style of animal husbandry is that either each grazed area must contain all elements needed for the animals (water source, for instance) or the feed or water source must be moved each time the animals are moved. Having fixed feeding or watering stations defeats the rotational aspect, leading to degradation of the ground around the water supply or feed supply if additional feed is provided to the animals. Special care must be taken to ensure that high use areas do not become areas where mud, parasites or diseases are spread or communicated.