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Are cows eating sorghum and oat crops grass fed?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 09, 2011 at 5:05 AM

Like what these people are selling http://bonniebeef.com.au/. Click the Production:diet link. Would you count this as grass fed for the purposes of obtaining the best possible ??3:??6 ?

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on February 11, 2011
at 12:23 PM

Rob, that depends on whether they are timing the grazing to coincide with grain maturity for greatest yield, or whether they let the cows in early. I'm not a hardcore paleo eater so I was trying to answer for the most fastidious eaters out there. (Covering my rear end, so to speak ;p) Personally, I'd love to have a supply of meat of this quality.

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on February 10, 2011
at 08:43 PM

Seren, when they grow oats and sorghum in a paddock for this purpose and finish the cattle by putting them in the paddock to graze, how likely is it that the oats and sorghum have seeds at that time? They do this all year round ... most of the year, isn't this stuff just grass?

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 10, 2011
at 05:01 PM

Seren, when they grow oats and sorghum in a paddock for this purpose and allow the cattle to finish by grazing, how likely is it that the oats and sorghum have seeds at that time? They do this all year round ... most of the year, isn't this stuff just grass?

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on February 10, 2011
at 04:47 PM

I think their website changed since yesterday when the question was first asked. If I remember correctly, yesterday the site said only that they finish their cattle on sorghum and oats. Today it says, "Cell grazing is available to each batch of beasts for about 8 weeks before sale. This ensures that they are in top prime condition when they leave us. We have between 5 and 8 hectares under grazing oats or sorghum."

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on February 10, 2011
at 04:39 PM

I think they changed their website since this question was first asked. If I remember correctly, it used to say simply that they finish their cattle on oats and sorghum. It now says, "Cell grazing is available to each batch of beasts for about 8 weeks before sale. This ensures that they are in top prime condition when they leave us. We have between 5 and 8 hectares under grazing oats or sorghum."

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on February 09, 2011
at 07:06 AM

Those are grains, no, not grassfed or optimal for the cow.

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on February 10, 2011
at 12:51 PM

They are paddock grazing green crops which is not nearly so bad as hard feed. The animals eating more plant than grain. It is hard to find anyone who sows mixed pasture grasses only, and, in theory, these guys have about the best set up I've seen. Remember, grains are actually true grasses in their own right. It is when we mass plant single crops for bulk yield that we run into trouble. Yes, they are finishing the animals on pure crops which is less than ideal for paleo diets, but still a thousand times better than hard feed.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 10, 2011
at 05:01 PM

Seren, when they grow oats and sorghum in a paddock for this purpose and allow the cattle to finish by grazing, how likely is it that the oats and sorghum have seeds at that time? They do this all year round ... most of the year, isn't this stuff just grass?

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 10, 2011
at 08:43 PM

Seren, when they grow oats and sorghum in a paddock for this purpose and finish the cattle by putting them in the paddock to graze, how likely is it that the oats and sorghum have seeds at that time? They do this all year round ... most of the year, isn't this stuff just grass?

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 10, 2011
at 04:39 PM

I think they changed their website since this question was first asked. If I remember correctly, it used to say simply that they finish their cattle on oats and sorghum. It now says, "Cell grazing is available to each batch of beasts for about 8 weeks before sale. This ensures that they are in top prime condition when they leave us. We have between 5 and 8 hectares under grazing oats or sorghum."

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 10, 2011
at 04:47 PM

I think their website changed since yesterday when the question was first asked. If I remember correctly, yesterday the site said only that they finish their cattle on sorghum and oats. Today it says, "Cell grazing is available to each batch of beasts for about 8 weeks before sale. This ensures that they are in top prime condition when they leave us. We have between 5 and 8 hectares under grazing oats or sorghum."

803b87791bb01a3adb4d23859a68e20d

(50)

on February 11, 2011
at 12:23 PM

Rob, that depends on whether they are timing the grazing to coincide with grain maturity for greatest yield, or whether they let the cows in early. I'm not a hardcore paleo eater so I was trying to answer for the most fastidious eaters out there. (Covering my rear end, so to speak ;p) Personally, I'd love to have a supply of meat of this quality.

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on February 09, 2011
at 01:29 PM

exactly, sorghum is a fancy word for Milo,which is most definitely a grain.

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on February 09, 2011
at 05:57 AM

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