Originally Posted by foodguy
the part that says all cattle have been fed grass at a certain point. the distinction they're making between grass-fed and grass-finished is based on the fact that there is no official definition for grass-fed, so some grain-finished beef is sold as "grass-fed" since, for most of its life, it was. grass-finished more accurately describes the difference.
I think that may have been written prior to 2007, when the USDA did officially define grass fed as:Grass (Forage) Fed
- Grass and forage shall be the feed source consumed for the lifetime of the ruminant animal, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. The diet shall be derived solely from forage consisting of grass (annual and perennial), forbs (e.g., legumes, Brassica), browse, or cereal grain crops in the vegetative (pre-grain) state. Animals cannot be fed grain or grain byproducts and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season
. Hay, haylage, baleage, silage, crop residue without grain, and other roughage sources may also be included as acceptable feed sources. Routine mineral and vitamin supplementation may also be included in the feeding regimen. If incidental supplementation occurs due to inadvertent exposure to non-forage feedstuffs or to ensure the animal's well being at all times during adverse environmental or physical conditions, the producer must fully document (e.g., receipts, ingredients, and tear tags) the supplementation that occurs including the amount, the frequency, and the supplements provided.http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getf...TELPRDC5063842