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.
The truth is, more is being done than you might think to ensure the answer to that question is always yes. Karol Swan, from York, Nebraska, with a background in meat grading and certification and Deb Lundeen, a registered dietician and farmer from Minden, Nebraska, answer our many questions about food labels, genetic technology and celebrating choice.