I’m sure by now you have heard about the benefits of eating grass-fed meat and dairy products?!
In simple terms, many studies have shown that what animals are fed can have a huge effect on the nutrient composition. To learn more about grass fed meat and why grass fed meat is better, head to our last blog post here.
Today I am going to teach you about Grass Fed versus Grass finished.
According to a research paper from ALFA (Australian Lot Feders Association) The term ‘grass fed’ generally means that cattle have spent their whole life grazing pastures. However, it is important to note that many grass fed cattle are ‘finished’ in feedlots. In other words, all grain fed cattle are sourced from grass fed properties to begin with and before slaughtering can be moved into a feedlot for grain-finishing. But still marketed as ‘Grass-Fed.’
Grass-finished beef comes from cattle that have been raised on a forage diet their entire lives. Grass finished means the animal has reached physical maturity and was kept on grass while developing exterior and intramuscular fat. No grain is ever fed to grass finished animals and this process will typically take from 24-36 months (compared to the 18-20 months for feedlot cattle). This is the largest factor why true grass finished beef will cost more than feedlot beef or lower quality grass fed beef. It is also why grass finished has superior health benefits and eating experience.
Now that you know the difference between grass-fed and grass-finished please remember I’m here to give you this information so you can make the best choices for you and your family. If you only have access to Grass-Fed meat it is still better than grain fed, so well done and keep doing the best you can.