*Mostly* grass-fed - is it good enough?

Asked on October 09, 2017
Created October 09, 2017 at 7:56 PM

Hey guys, I'm new here, so apologies if similar has been asked a handful of times before.

In the UK, there are many suppliers of 'mostly' grass-fed beef. By that I mean, even though the meat is advertised as predominently grass-fed, there's usually a disclaimer to be found buried on the site somewhere that says grain/cereal is added as part of the animal's seasonal diet in winter.

I presume this is done solely in the winter months, when the pasture may be frosty and pickings are slimmer. I've had some excellent quality meat from several farms that fall into this category, but I've also always had a niggling concern that 'partially' grass-fed could be negating the benefits of going grass-fed in the first place. Especially since I tend to eat higher-fat cuts.

I'm curious what you guys think of meat that is fed 'seasonally' like this? Should I be avoiding it completely and opting for Pasture for Life every time? Are there preferential months to eat it - say, in the autumn when the animal has had a full summer of eating grass, and is less likely to have been fed grain? Or is any added grain worth dodging, even if it's for just a few months of the year?

Any input would be appreciated.

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