What’s the difference between grassfed and grainfed?
Grassfed meat comes from animals that have only grazed on grass. They feed on a range of different types of grasses, depending on climate and region. Grainfed meat comes from animals which are fed grass for most of their lives and then transition to grain-based diets for the remainder of their lives, for 60-100 days for most livestock.
In Australia, cattle and sheep are predominantly grassfed and account for, on average, approximately two-thirds of overall beef and sheepmeat production.
Grainfed animals are fed a selection of grains including wheat, barley and sorghum. Grains are combined with lupins or field peas, by-products of cottonseed or canola and hay to deliver the necessary protein, carbohydrate, fat and roughage required to ensure nutritional requirements are met. These ingredients are different to those used in the US, where soy and corn dominate.