There are typically two types of beef you can find in supermarkets. They are:
Grain/corn fed - Conventionally raised cows that live in 'feedlots' for intensive animal farming. They live on confined spaces and don't get to move around. They are often given drugs and hormones to grow faster, as well as antibiotics to survive the unsanitary living conditions. Their diet consists primarily of grains or corn. We do not sell corn/grain-fed meat at Paleo Robbie.
Grass-fed- Live and feed on pasture (big open spaces with lots of grass), are not fed industrial feed, grains or corn and are not injected with steroids to increase their weight. Grass-fed cows live longer as their growth is not accelerated using hormones or steroids. We only sell grass-fed beef at the Paleo Grocery.
Is Grass-fed beef really better?
Taste is subjective but we believe that grass-fed meat tastes more beefy and is juicer and leaner. From a health perspective, grass-fed beef is superior as each cut contains more omega 3, B6, B12, CLA and beta-carotene.
To tell the difference between pasture-fed and corn-fed cuts of beef, pasture-fed tends to have less marbling (fat) throughout each cut, with the fat being a light yellow color opposed to a distinct white with corn-fed:
Unlike popular belief grass-fed does not have to be more expensive than grain-fed. New Zealand has a lot of clean pasture farmland and is perfect to raise healthy cows.
Some supermarkets sell beef as grass-fed, because all beef eats grass at the start, but in reality are feedlot cows. We source all our grass-fed meat directly from New Zealand where all cows are grass-fed by default.
They have strict rules for antibiotics and growth hormones and provide the cleanest healthiest beef you'll find. We source our beef from Silver Fern farms to provide you a direct pasture to plate experience. (click here to learn more about Silver Fern Farms).
The next time you visit our online grocery or a local restaurant, try a cut of grass-fed beef and see if you can taste and spot the difference.