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Farmer to Fridge connects you direct to local farmers. The best part is that you can easily find farmers who sell grass fed beef.

Grass fed beef can be roughy divided into two categories

  • Grass Fed Beef
  • Grash Finished Beef

Grass Fed Beef is defined as cows which are fed primarily on grass or pastures. It does not always mean that grass is the only thing that the animal eats.

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If you want cows that have only eaten grass then you should look for grass fed and grass FINISHED beef. Finishing refers to what the animal eats during the last 30, 60, 90 or 120 days before it is processed into beef.

Finishing can be done with grass, grains and even some specialised feeds. Different diets will change the composition of the meat. The longer the finishing time, the more pronounced the difference will be. The finishing phase (for grain and other supplementary feeds) involves providing animals with higher-energy feeds to promote weight gain and the development of intramuscular fat (marbling) in the meat.

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Photo by Lukas on Pexels.com Higher energy intake will result in higher intramuscular fat.

As a general rule, more and longer grain feeding time will result in a fattier cut of meat.

Pure grass fed beef will typically be leaner, and the energy supplied to the animal is heavily dependent on the grass condition, temperature and time of year. Where to buy grass fed beef with likley move with the seasons.

For this reason, finding grass fed, grass FINISHED beef during winter can be difficult in some parts of Australia.

Luckily with Farmer to Fridge you can easily filter and find farmers who offer grass fed and grass finished beef. Visit our online marketplace at www.farmertofridge.com.au/my-shop to find farms who deliver to you.

Another factor to consider is “Grain Access” cattle. This is a mid way point beween a feedlot and pure pasture raised. Essentially, the cattle are able to roam around freely, but they have access to high energy foods if they want them.

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