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Local "Lightly" corn-fed cow

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 16, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Hi,

A local small farm sells beef at a good price. Talked to the farmer about what the cows ate, and he said the cows are pastured, but the whole lot is fed around 5 lbs of corn a day from a trough to "train them" to come back or something. They receive the bare minimum of shots, only given antibiotics if it is absolutely necessary, and are hormone-free. Does the corn feeding ruin the beef, or is it better than buying covententional grain-fed beef? Grass fed beef is not much of an option around where I live.

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on February 16, 2013
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Exactly. Think of the corn like dessert for cows. A square or two of dark chocolate doesn't ruin a Paleo diet for humans, and a tiny bit of corn won't ruin the cow's diet. Eat up!

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on February 16, 2013
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Not just better than CAFO beef, but likely on par with grass-fed organic beef.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 16, 2013
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Sounds like awesome beef to me. Purists look down on any corn in a ration, but it's not really a problem until the corn becomes the majority of their feed.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on February 16, 2013
at 04:11 PM

Exactly. Think of the corn like dessert for cows. A square or two of dark chocolate doesn't ruin a Paleo diet for humans, and a tiny bit of corn won't ruin the cow's diet. Eat up!

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on February 16, 2013
at 06:50 AM

I'd say it's better than conventional beef. At least you know what the cows are getting, and how they live, versus packaged meat in the store.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 16, 2013
at 02:28 PM

Not just better than CAFO beef, but likely on par with grass-fed organic beef.

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