Grass Fed and Grain Fed Meat

Grass Fed and Grain Fed Meat

The popular saying also applies to cows as it applies to humans “You are what you eat”.
The way cows are fed can have a major effect on the nutrient composition of the beef that will be produced. Many studies have shown that the nutrients in beef can vary depending on what the cows eat.
This article looks at the way cows are fed to determine if it makes any difference to our health as consumers.

Most cows start out living similar lives. They drink milk from their mothers, they are allowed to roam free and eat grass or other edible plants they may find in their environment and this continues for about seven to nine months. After that, most conventionally raised cows are moved to feedlots. Large feedlots are called concentrated animal feeding operations. There, the cows are kept in confined stalls, often with limited space. They are rapidly fattened up with grain-based feeds, usually made from a base of soy or corn. Typically, their diet is also supplemented with small amounts of dried grass. To maximize growth, the cows are often given drugs, such as antibiotics. The cows are housed in these feedlots for a few more months before they're brought to a slaughterhouse or purchased by a buyer.

Generally speaking, grass-fed cows eat mostly grass, like in Nigeria the grass-fed cows are catered for through nomadic-pastoralist while grain-fed cows eat mostly an unnatural diet based on corn and soy during the latter part of their lives and these are the one in the feedlots.

As earlier stated, what a cow eats have a major effect on the nutrient composition of the beef and this is evident when it comes to the fatty acid composition in the beef. Grass-fed beef usually contains less total fat than grain-fed beef, which means that grass-fed beef contains fewer calories although both grain-fed and grass-fed beef are a source of highly concentrated nutrients.

It also contains high-quality protein and various lesser known nutrients, such as creatine and carnosine, which are very important for the muscles and brain. Both Grass-fed and grain-fed beef are highly loaded with vitaminsB12, B3, and B6. It’s also rich in highly bioavailable iron, selenium, and zinc. In fact, meat contains almost every nutrient that people need to survive

Grass-fed beef also tends to be richer in other antioxidants, contains more carotenoids and Vitamin E while Conventional grain-fed beef is highly nutritious.
Even though grass-fed beef contains higher amounts of certain nutrients, there is currently no compelling evidence that it’s significantly healthier than grain-fed beef in the context of a balanced diet. In the end, the choice depends on your preferences and ideals. Some people prefer grass-fed, others grain-fed.

Why don't you try both and see which one you like better?
In conclusion, Livestock247.com encourages and supports both types of Livestock Production. We provide a platform for the nomadic pastoralist to have access to an organized market through our presence at almost all major cattle markets in Nigeria.

We also partner with livestock producers by providing funding, inputs, veterinary support to establish feedlots around the country.