Whispering Meadows offers you the choice between grass-fed beef and grain-finished beef, for all of our beef ordering options. So which should you choose?
Before going into the differences between the two, we should note that for both options, grass is the primary source of nutrition for all of our cattle. The grass-fed animals eat 100% grass forage and nothing else, while our grain-finished cattle are supplemented with non-GMO grains to top off their usual free-range pasture-based diet.
BOTH our grass-fed and grain-finished cattle are raised completely free-range, naturally foraging on pasture grasses. All of our cattle are raised without antibiotics or artificial hormones, and never confined to pens. So both types of beef are delicious, healthy, and highly nutritious.
When cattle are grain finished, it helps them to grow faster, and it adds sweetness and marbling to the beef. This results in a more tender meat and a lighter flavour which many people prefer.
Grassfed beef is generally considered the most natural form of beef, since grass is the food that cattle are naturally built to digest. Grass-fed animals are generally leaner, which gives their meat a more robust flavour and texture, and needs a bit more care to cook perfectly. Grassfed beef has been proven to contain higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and the omega-3 fatty acids ALA, EPA, and DHA.