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by Pre Brands February 19, 2020
Grass fed beef means that the cattle are given access to pasture where they can graze and forage for food as they would naturally do in the wild. Some farms may subsidize the grasses in the winter if the climate does not support a year-round, lush pasture. The overall intent of “grass fed” is to keep the eating patterns as natural as possible. This is the opposite of a grain-fed diet, where grains are given to animals, resulting in high calories and an unnatural growth pattern, where the cattle grow much faster (and much cheaper). Keeping cattle on pasture year-round, like the farmers we source from at Pre, keeps all those key nutrients in the diet, so that each animal retains more Omega-3s and B vitamins. This means the steaks are leaner, more flavorful and tender. That is why Pre steaks are smaller in size (more of the natural size) than a conventional grain-fed steak and why Pre steaks have more of an off-white fat color. Keeping the diet of the animal natural is also a key benefit for those who live a Paleo or Keto lifestyle.
If beef is Certified Organic it could be raised on a corn or grain diet, but still have some access to pasture. So you can assume at least a small amount of their nutrition is coming from grass. However, you’d need to talk to the farmer or the brand to verify how much. USDA Certified Organic does guarantee that your beef will be free of contaminants and could have some higher nutrition stats too.
Grass fed beef does have some of the same benefits as organic beef, but they come as a side effect to how the cattle are raised. This being the fact that the cattle are raised on pasture, in their natural environment and have access to large areas of nutrient dense grasses. So this lifestyle provides the more humane and less stressful kind of life a herd of cattle would naturally have, and also provides a more sanitary environment than a feedlot would. Another benefit to this is that their immune systems will not be constantly on the defense and they are less likely to get sick so they won’t need daily antibiotics. Our farmers that we source from only administer antibiotics if an animal is sick, which is usually rare, but if the animal does get sick it is removed from the herd until it is feeling better and the antibiotics are all out of its system. Since the animals are on pasture year round, they are eating the grasses and producing manure to fertilize the grass, so spraying the pastures full of herbicides is not that common because the ecosystem is already working naturally. Sustaining the ecosystem of a wild, natural, and happy pasture does the work for the farmers! Our farmers in New Zealand and Australia practice rotational grazing. Additionally, most farmers will have other animals graze alongside their cattle, such as sheep. Sheep like weeds actually, so this practice helps to maintain their pasture as well! While grass fed beef that is not certified organic can possibly be exposed to chemicals, it is still much cleaner and more natural than conventional beef.
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