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Offline awesomeame

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Defining "grass finished"
« on: July 27, 2011, 07:26:32 am »
I buy all my beef (which I eat raw) from a friend's farm.  Their animals are grassfed and grassfinished.  Prior to finishing, they're pastured, and will eat grass bales.  But when the animals are finished, they're fed corn...but they're fed the entire corn stalk/plant.  Since the whole plant is considered a grass, they can claim that the animal is "grass finished."  Feeding the whole plant does increase fat mass.

So are these really grassfinished animals?  I only ask because I read somewhere once that corn silage fed to beef can increase the chances of e-coli.  I'm actually just ASSUMING the corn is fed to the animals as silage since I don't know of another method to feed them the whole plant.

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Re: Defining "grass finished"
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2011, 08:24:06 am »
  Cheaters. 

  I don't like it one bit.

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Re: Defining "grass finished"
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2011, 06:27:26 am »
Sounds like corn finished to me.

A corn is a acorn is a corn
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Re: Defining "grass finished"
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2011, 09:04:19 am »
A corn is a acorn

nut-finished then?
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Re: Defining "grass finished"
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2011, 09:48:27 am »
Close, finished by a nut......
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Re: Defining "grass finished"
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2011, 12:52:20 pm »
I read that even a short time on anything other than natural fresh grasses really messes up a cow's digestion quickly and makes for nasty bacterial growth.

I say  - liar, liar pants on fire!

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Re: Defining "grass finished"
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2011, 01:28:51 pm »
As I understand it, the cow will be eating more polyunsaturated fat from corn, and so the meat products will also.

I have read that grain finishing completely changes the fat profile of the beef so that it will be the same as an animal that has always been fed grain and feed. I don't have a study to back that up.

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Re: Defining "grass finished"
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2011, 07:49:51 pm »
I say  - liar, liar pants on fire!

That's kind of how I feel as well.

I DID find some true grassfed/grassfinished beef last weekend tho.  Tasted completely different from the wholecorn "grassfinished" beef.  Next time I need to fill up the freezer I'm going to make the switch, methinks!

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