Glossary > Grass-Finished/Pasture-Finished
Food Movement Glossary



An animal is considered “finished” when its natural growth has slowed enough for it to start putting on fat; this is the stage at which animals are slaughtered for meat. Grass-finished animals continue eating grass until they reach this stage, while most meat animals spend the last several months of their lives in feedlots, eating grain.

Example of Grass-Finished/Pasture-Finished:

Grass finished beef are said to be tastier as they have leaner meat which is being desired by health conscious consumers.
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