If you recently purchased grass-fed beef at a supermarket or grocery store, you may have thought you were making a healthy, humane and environmentally-friendly decision—and you were! But, grocery store grass-fed beef isn’t always the best choice.
Why You Should Choose Local Grass-Fed Beef
There is no certification system
When you see a “grass-fed” label on a package of beef at the grocery store, there is no real certification process that guarantees that the claim is true. Unlike organic produce, which is bound and legally defined by specific parameters, there are no such requirements or inspections on grass-fed beef.
While the USDA has a grass fed standard, it’s entirely voluntary, which means that it’s not legally enforced. That means that meat sellers can apply for the grass-fed claim, even if they don’t meet those requirements.
With local beef farmers, you can easily visit the farm where the cattle are and see for yourself that the cattle are grass-fed. At Spring Grove Ranch, our cattle live on a completely foraged diet until the final 90 days, when their diets are supplemented with grain for added nutrients. So, you can trust that our local, grass fed beef will serve you and your family well.
Most grass-fed beef in the grocery stores is imported
It’s estimated that roughly 75 percent of grass-fed beef at grocery stores and in restaurants is imported. Even if the beef is imported, if it undergoes any sort of processing in the United States, it can be labeled as a “Product of the USA”. In 2015, Congress ended Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), which would have ensured that no imported beef was passed off as a grass-fed product of the United States.
At Spring Grove Ranch, our cattle are entirely raised on our ranch in Appomattox, Virginia.
Corporately raised grass-fed beef are often still given hormones
Because there are no restrictions or regulations on added hormones or antibiotics on grass-fed beef, many corporate cattle farms will still put their cattle in feedlots during their last 30 to 120 days and will give them added hormones or antibiotics to promote growth.
At Spring Grove Ranch, our cattle are 100 percent pasture raised. Even when their diets are supplemented with grain during the winter months, they are given that grain out in the pastures. Plus, we never add any hormones or antibiotics to their diets.
Where to Find Local Grass-Fed Beef
At Spring Grove Ranch, the health of our cattle is a top priority for us. Whether the cattle are raised to be sires for other cattle farms, or they are raised for beef, we ensure a completely humane experience.
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