From what I see, most farm animals tend to be grain FINISHED even if they spend some time in the open pasture. I'm curious if there are any animals in the "normal" market streams (sold in your average supermarket) that already "TEND" to be less grain-fed than others?? Goat... Lamb, maybe???
asked byChristopher_6 (-8)
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on June 03, 2013
at 06:35 PM
There's a wide spectrum from CAFO grain-fed to grass-fed, lots of room in between. Ruminants were designed to run on grass, but they do like grain in their diets and tolerate it as long as it does not displace too much forage/grass. Paleo purists will frown on any grain-feeding, but they're not the farmer, they don't always know best.
on June 17, 2013
at 08:07 PM
Depends on your country. In the UK we don't really need this grass fed labelling because just about all our meat is out there on green fields eating the real grass and we never much moved to US farming methods.
Less grain fed anywhere would be what we call in the UK "game" - animals which are shot/hunted like pheasant, pigeon, grouse, wild rabbit.
on June 03, 2013
at 05:23 PM
It is important to remember that ruminant animals do eat grains seasonally, as grains are just the seeds of grasses and would be encountered on any pasture when in season. A 100% grass-fed cow is sort of a "unnaturally natural" cow (so to speak). They would never, of course, eat only grains.
Anyways, while I eat both goat and lamb, the easiest one to get "less grain-fed" or even "100% pastured / grass-fed" is lamb. Aim for the imported stuff from New Zealand or Australia, over the American stuff, which is often grain-fed - it's pretty common to find in stores.
I get goat from local farms, and I don't even ask about "100% grass fed" -- the goats are pastured, which is good enough for me, and besides, those little devils will eat nearly anything, given the chance ... as long as they are eating mostly grasses, I'm happy enough.