The greatest differentiation between grass-fed and grass-finished cattle compared to grain-fed cattle is their diet. Grass-fed cattle consume grass and forage throughout their entire life and at no time are they transferred to a feedlot. In contrast, grain-fed cattle feed on grain throughout their life span and during their final 60 to 120 days and are moved to a feedlot in order to quickly gain weight. Their diet is based on added hormones, corn, and soy while at the feedlot which allows the cattle to gain 20-30% of their total body weight during this phase.
Compared to Torino grass-fed and grass-finished free-range cattle that are able to graze in fields, ranches, and prairies, feedlot cattle endure taxing and unsanitary living conditions. This is highly devastating for the livestock. In some cases, the cattle may become sick with quickly spread diseases, such as Subacute Acidosis, a frequent and hurtful condition where the animal will no longer eat grain and other necessary nutrients but rather feed on dirt and kick at their own stomach. In addition, due to the crowded and contaminated close confinement that the livestock are subjected to, the need to administer antibiotics to halt the spread of illnesses among the cattle is high.
Yet another significant difference is the taste of grass-fed vs. grain-fed cattle. The majority of grass-fed beef is known to have a gamey taste. At Torino Best Meat, the difference is pure. The genetic make-up of our Angus cattle, the grassland they graze on, and the crystal clear water they drink, produce beef with a distinctive, non-gamey taste that is more succulent and flavorful.