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What is Grass Fed Beef, Grain Finished Beef, Pasture Finished?

What is Grass Fed Beef, Grain Finished Beef, Pasture Finished?

Over the years, sadly, the way we raise animals meant for consumption has been changing. To increase production, adjustments have been made to the natural diets of livestock.

What Does Grass-Fed Beef Mean?

Grass and fresh forage are a cow’s natural diet and typically what it needs to grow into a healthy adult. After 6-12 months of weaning, a grass fed cow grazes in a pasture for the rest of its life.

What Does Grain-Fed Beef Mean?

The base of a grain fed cow’s diet is usually a cheap crop like corn or soy which takes up a lot of land to grow and also requires pesticides and fertilizers, which can run off in to our water supply.

Grain-Finished vs. Pasture-Finished

There are important distinctions to be made when indicating the diet of the last 60-90 days of the cow's life before slaughter. This period is referred to as the "finishing" stage and cows can either be grain finished or pasture finished.

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