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Created July 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM

A local farm says "The cattle graze on our summer pastures and are fed grass-legume hay from our fields during the winter."

Is this as good as "grass finished"?

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Clovers are legumes and are routinely planted in permanent pasturage to fix nitrogen, increase total digestible nutrients in the hay.

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Legume hay is alfalfa hay. Excellent natural feed as long as its not fed exclusively. It needs to be mixed with grass to prevent bloat.

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on July 20, 2013
at 04:55 AM

Clovers are legumes and are routinely planted in permanent pasturage to fix nitrogen, increase total digestible nutrients in the hay.

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on July 20, 2013
at 12:33 AM

I would say it is much better than grain fed cattle. Maybe not quite as good as pure pastured cattle, but if you are buying the beef in the summer and fall, it should be grass finished also.

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