- Aug 13, 2020
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I live in the UK. I buy from a relatively small butcher shop so I’d say it’s probably not too difficult for them to identify the country of origin.Im guessing you live in an EU member state and your butcher identifies which country the beef comes from? I'm really just curious about the logistics here. Do you prefer vaca vieja? Especially dairy cows? Thanks in advance.
What I generally get is indeed older grass-fed meat from ex-dairy cows (Galician, Simmental). The Galician is obviously from Northern Spain, but the Simmentals come from all across Europe like Germany, Finland, Netherlands (even Poland sometimes). Also some UK wagyu-angus cross, but that comes from much younger animals.
I find the older ex-dairy stuff often has a more concentrated flavour and firmer texture, and much better marbling. I like both really, but I’d say value for money is better on the older grass-fed stuff (vaca vieja).