What’s the difference between grass and grain-fed beef?
Sharon: The difference between grass and grain-fed beef boils down to what the animals eat. For at least part of their lives, all cattle on our ranch eat grass. When cattle enter the “finishing” phase of their lives is when that can change. “Grass-finished” cattle are fed grass products, such as hay.
By contrast, “grain-fed” or “grain-finished” cattle finish out their time eating a ration made from grain products such as corn or soybeans.
Frequently Asked Questions About Grass-Fed Beef Vs. Grain-Fed Beef
When you walk through the meat section of the grocery store, you have many choices when it comes to beef.
Some products are labeled as “grass-fed” or “grass-finished.” Many wonder what those terms mean. Most cattle eat grass at least part of their lives, so how is meat labeled this way different than how most cattle are raised? And how, if at all, does it impact the nutrition of the meat compared to “corn-fed” or “grain-finished” cattle?