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Is grass-finished beef healthier than grain-finished beef?

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2013-03-25 19:34:43

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According to this website, the taste test of grain-fed beef

versus grass-fed beef leaned in favor of the fully foraging

cows.


"In the past we believed that beef needed at least 45 days of

grain feeding to achieve proper marbling. Most cattle are routinely

fed between 100-200 days in a dry lot environment with no access to

the natural forage diet. In 1996 we participated in a taste test at

the University of Missouri's Forage Systems Research Centre near

Linneus, Missouri. There were five selections: 1) Beef finished on

100% confinement full grain diet, 2) Beef finished on a 75% grain,

25% forage diet, 3) Beef finished on a 50% grain, 50% forage diet,

4) Beef finished on a 25% grain, 75% forage diet, and 5) Beef

finished on a 100% forage diet."


Grain-fed beef would contain less nutrients, since the grain

must be processed, therefore taking portions of the energy out of

it. However, since the cows are directly eating the grass, the

nutrients would all be preserved and given directly to the cow.


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