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Old 01-03-2020, 04:16 AM
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Didn’t want to undermine the ‘prime ‘ post because when I see butchers sign saying grass fed beef, cows eat grass in paddocks,are people that dumb.
id like to see a sign saying ‘jalapeños feed beef’ or ‘capsicum feed beef’ just to be different.
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Some cows are fed grain, which is not a natural food for them. That is what they are referring to, that they do not feed their cows grain.
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Originally Posted by peter bear View Post
Didn’t want to undermine the ‘prime ‘ post because when I see butchers sign saying grass fed beef, cows eat grass in paddocks,are people that dumb.
id like to see a sign saying ‘jalapeños feed beef’ or ‘capsicum feed beef’ just to be different.
You can't be that blind. 97% of the cattle in the US are grain feed, only 3% are grass feed
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
You can't be that blind. 97% of the cattle in the US are grain feed, only 3% are grass feed
I have access to grass fed beef and prefer it over grain feed. The meat seems leaner and a lot less watery. Very deep red color and almost has an appearance like elk meat.
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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
I have access to grass fed beef and prefer it over grain feed. The meat seems leaner and a lot less watery. Very deep red color and almost has an appearance like elk meat.
Grass feed / free range beef is far better than anything grain feed. The amount of antibiotics and other crap they put into grain is crazy, unfortunately that's what most consumers want, stupid as it is.
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Originally Posted by peter bear View Post
are people that dumb.
apparently some people are, but in a different way
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Grass fed and grain finished is a good thing.
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Grains/corn, etc does the same thing to cows that it does to humans...
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Lots of cattle are grass-fed, but then "finished" for their last 30 days before slaughter by being fed grain in a feedlot. The "finishing" process takes out a lot of the natural "gamey" taste that most folks wouldn't like. However, if you've ever had 100% grass fed beef, you'll be forever disappointed by anything you can purchase in the supermarket.
My good friend here in eastern NC keeps a small herd of 100% grass fed steers and I purchase a 1/2 a steer from him about every 9 months. He grazes them on rye grass, oats, and something else I forget. When he loads them up, they go directly from the field to the slaughterhouse.
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
You can't be that blind. 97% of the cattle in the US are grain feed, only 3% are grass feed
Lucky the original poster is in Australia where most of their beef is raised on paddock grass...
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grain is just the seeds of grass
the cattle will eat it along with the grass when they come across it
cattle need all the protein they can get
some grasses have more protein than others
grain has more
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My experience is that the term "grass fed" has become just as "trendy" as vegan, non-GMO, etc. I've had some singularly average at best grass fed beef and some really awesome grain fed beef. The quality of the meat is dependent on more than feed. Grain is the primary feed of Kobe beef once you get past the absurd myths like the cows getting daily massages with Sake, etc.

Marketing is taking over a term that once actually meant something.
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
Grass feed / free range beef is far better than anything grain feed. The amount of antibiotics and other crap they put into grain is crazy, unfortunately that's what most consumers want, stupid as it is.

if it makes you sleep better

Could you kindly explain to me how you inject antibiotics into grain? Been farming for 23 plus years and I think I’m missing something.
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We eat a lot of deer meat. Very little beef. Occasional ribs or Boston butt. The grass fed beef I've had was not good, but I'm sure it's more healthy.
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Originally Posted by NC_Native View Post
Lots of cattle are grass-fed, but then "finished" for their last 30 days before slaughter by being fed grain in a feedlot. The "finishing" process takes out a lot of the natural "gamey" taste that most folks wouldn't like. However, if you've ever had 100% grass fed beef, you'll be forever disappointed by anything you can purchase in the supermarket.
My good friend here in eastern NC keeps a small herd of 100% grass fed steers and I purchase a 1/2 a steer from him about every 9 months. He grazes them on rye grass, oats, and something else I forget. When he loads them up, they go directly from the field to the slaughterhouse.
Pretty much spot on. The cattle are fattened up at a feed lot. There fed a grain ration. In Canada it’s more Barley based. In the States it’s more corn based. Some guys will keep a steer and fatten it up over the summer on grass then send it to the butcher. Guess you could call it grass fed. Basically the fatter the critter the better it tastes
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give me a grass fed 2 yr old and pile the grain to her about 45 days before slaughter
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Originally Posted by peter bear View Post
are people that dumb
Yep!
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Hay is grass too... so not feeding them any grains means grass fed. But they all getting hay. No grain means less intramuscular fat. So a tad less flavor from fat.
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Originally Posted by NC_Native View Post
Lots of cattle are grass-fed, but then "finished" for their last 30 days before slaughter by being fed grain in a feedlot. The "finishing" process takes out a lot of the natural "gamey" taste that most folks wouldn't like. However, if you've ever had 100% grass fed beef, you'll be forever disappointed by anything you can purchase in the supermarket.
My good friend here in eastern NC keeps a small herd of 100% grass fed steers and I purchase a 1/2 a steer from him about every 9 months. He grazes them on rye grass, oats, and something else I forget. When he loads them up, they go directly from the field to the slaughterhouse.
This^^^^^^x10

To each their own and I have raised my own beef before and know the difference. Some people don't like wild game but I do and grass fed if it truly is, is more gamey. I don't buy into the chain stores gimmicks. Lots of BS in some of the meat they sell, especially pork. One visit to a commercial hog barn will prove my point.

If I want good beef I get mine from these folks.
https://adenafarms.com/

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Originally Posted by raystein View Post
We eat a lot of deer meat. Very little beef. Occasional ribs or Boston butt. The grass fed beef I've had was not good, but I'm sure it's more healthy.
I farm country deers eat lots of treated crops that would at the time be illegal or at least inappropriate to feed livestock.

I suspect lots of wild game have elevated levels of toxic substances as they can not be very well excluded. I do not fret about it, but I do see how it occurs. To this point livestock are less likely to ever ingest enough recently treated crops to make a difference.

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