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#3284539 - 07/07/13 10:02 AM Re: Grass Fed vs. Corn Fed [Re: redblood]
fishboy1
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My experience is limited but here is my input on the taste of beef.

Store bought (industry grain fed beef) typically has a blander sweeter taste than grass fed/grain finished beef. The texture is mushier and the fat content is higher. Probably from the higher fat content. You have no idea what sort of supplemental chemicals and drugs were given to the cattle.

Once I had grass fed beef that was finished for 60 days on a combination of pasture and grain/alfalfa supplemental feed (no hormones) it was game over. The flavor was richer, the meat was firmer (but not tough) and you can control the amount of fat/marbling by the amount of time you feed.

There are no added chemicals and there are a LOT of chemicals available to the commercial feed lots. From antibiotics to pro-biotics (to help with bloat problems), to hormones to increase weight faster, to salts and "anti-diuretic" drugs to increase water weight. The consumer has no real idea what is in their beef at the grocery store.

As to the health benefits... I suspect that over time studies will show that the added chemicals and drugs are the big issue. Without them, factory grain fed beef becomes impractical and a risky investment.
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#3284827 - 07/07/13 03:49 PM Re: Grass Fed vs. Corn Fed [Re: fishboy1]
timberjack86
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I have nothing to add but would like to say, Very good thread guys!
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