Dairy farmer Melisa Konecky from Wahoo, Nebraska, and poultry producer Karah Perdue from York, Nebraska, address concerns about how our food is raised. Dawn Caldwell, a farmer near Edgar, Nebraska, and Joan Ruskamp, a feedlot owner with a background in veterinary science from Dodge, Nebraska, focus on misconceptions surrounding hormone and antibiotic use in the livestock industry. Sharon Portenier, a rancher from Farnam, Nebraska, explains the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef.
The difference between grass and grain-fed beef boils down to what the animals eat. For at least part of their lives, all cattle on our ranch eat grass. When cattle enter the “finishing” phase of their lives is when that can change. “Grass-finished” cattle are fed grass products, such as hay.