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Old 07-11-2006, 02:57 AM   #1
David Cynamon
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I've seen and heard terms like "Grass-Fed", "Range Fed", "Free Range", and "organic" in beef products.

Are any of these terms regulated? What should I look for?

Are there any cuts of meat that are preferred over others?

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Old 07-11-2006, 05:49 AM   #2
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Excellent question David. Here is a link to an article which recaps most of the issues pretty well.
http://agnews.tamu.edu/dailynews/sto...C/Jun1506a.htm

Even though the emerging organic thing is not defined by a "legal" common standard, it is possible through homework to find out who really is growing stock by only natural means. Call the seller/producers, ask them questions, visit them if you can.

I don't know about preferred cuts as I'm on the "seafood" diet.
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Old 07-11-2006, 06:56 AM   #3
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Grass-fed, Range Fed, & Free Range are basically different terms for the same thing. Ranched beef all starts out as grazing fed. Even in winter, ranchers prefer to use hay over grain due to the increased cost of using grain as feed.

Only when the cattle are approaching sales time are they sent to the feedlots for fattening up on grain. Once the cows have added the required level of fat & weight gain; they are sold for slaughter.

In general terms, you are looking for a cattle rancher that is willing to skip the feedlot step.
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:51 AM   #4
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Free Range doesn't mean anything more than that they let the birds out of the cage. Let them wander around once during their life and they are now free range and can charge you an extra few bucks for the bird.
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Thanks for the help. I found that "organic" could mean just that they feed the animal organic grain, which doesn't help much with its fat profile.

Once I find something that looks good, I'll speak to whoever's in charge and possibly take a visit if it's not to far.
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