Management // Manejo
US // USDA-Verified Label. Animals have fed on grass and forage for their entire lives, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. The diet must consist solely of grass (annual and perennial), forbs (e.g., legumes, Brassica), browse, or cereal grain crops in the vegetative (pre-grain) state. These animals cannot be fed grain or grain byproducts and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season. This label does not limit the use of antibiotics, hormones or pesticides. This is a voluntary verification. Also called “USDA forage fed.”
Thomas, H.S. 2005. Getting Started with Beef and Dairy Cattle. USA. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing. See p. 93. Also USDA website, AMS.
US // Generally, beef from cattle that have fed on grass and forage for their entire lives, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. Third-party certification for grass fed beef is available from several organizations, including the American Grassfed Association. Standards vary.
USDA website, AMS.
CAN // Beef from cattle that have eaten only grass or forage throughout their lives, however some producers do call their beef grass fed but then actually finish the animals on grain for the last 90 to 160 days before slaughter.
Alberta Agriculture Food and Rural Development website.
CAN // Animal diets must be 100% forage from weaning to slaughter; this may be any combination of grass and legumes from pasture during the growing season or stored forage during the feed period (winter). The animal (including calves) cannot be fed energy in the form of starch (e.g. cereal grains, potato waste, etc).
Manitoba Grass Fed Beef Association website
RELATED TERMS // TÉRMINOS AFINES
EN // Beef, grass fattened; Beef, grass-finished (Management)
ESP // Engorda de ganado en pradera; Carne de ganado finalizada en pradera (Manejo)
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