100 % Grass-Fed Angus New Zealand Beef Tenderloin
What is the difference between Grass-fed beef and organically certified beef? The main differences are the type of feed, environment and stress levels to which the cattle are exposed. Take note that organic certified beef, depending on the country, have differences in how they regulate the feed and environment which has an impact on the stress levels of the cattle. For the differences of each country, click here.
Organically grown cattle are fed some grains and corn and have access to grazing. The amount of the cattle’s free ranging life and the amount of grass versus grains is dependent on the strict regulatory requirements of the organic council that generates the certification. A discerning consumer would need to check the regulatory agency that offers the certification, which differs in requirements from country to country.
Cattle that are 100 percent grass fed are allowed to forage and graze for their own fresh food. An exclusive grass diet is much higher in key nutrients like Omega-3s and B vitamins, and result in steaks that are leaner, healthier, and much more flavorful. This is why grass-fed meats are strongly recommended by the Paleo Diet.
While both practices requires dedication by the farmer to raising healthier, less chemically-contaminated cows, the stress levels during the life of the cows might be different.
100 percent free ranging cattle are in their natural habitat, eating all kinds of plants including weeds. Pastures are essentially wild, with their own balanced ecosystem and plenty of help from cow manure. Pesticides and artificial fertilizers are unnecessary. Free ranging and clean pure environments promote a stress free animal that have higher immunity.
The stress levels of cattle reared in a farm with organic certification might be higher since they are not exclusively free ranging. However, they are also very regulated by the many requirements and constant audits by the regulatory body for the amount of antibiotic, hormone and mandatory organic feed. Once again, this practice of farming differs from country to country and the agency that is governing the regulation.
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