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Grass fed grain finished, still ok?

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Created March 04, 2014 at 8:18 PM

My local market here in San Francisco just stopped carrying 100% grass fed because of a recall issue. Even the whole foods nearby stopped. They still have beef from Five Dot Ranch http://www.fivedotranch.com/ which is grass fed but grain finished. Ive heard nothing but great things about this ranch and their beef but is this beef still ok. Obviously in a perfect paleo world we want it to start on grass and finish on grass but I would assume its still ok, thoughts?

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10 · August 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Five Dot Ranch is unique in the fact that they own their cattle from birth to plate.  They know exactly what the cattle are eating and can trace all their animals.  The cattle are broken down in four different herd types to allow them to get the best forage availble throughout their life cycle by grazing in the Sierra Nevada's and the Napa valley.  Keep in mind that they are up to 97% grass fed.  There is not green grass in California 12 months out of the year, having the cattle eat rice bran and barely along with hay that is produced on the ranch allows the cattle to have the best diet possible. Their diet is also reviewed by a nutritionist to ensure that they are getting the optium feed at this time.  The cattle are only fed a grain ration for 90-100 days.  They are never given any type of antibiotic and are always fed a 100% vegetarian diet.  In a nut shell they eat a far better diet than most people.  The ranch will have over three years invested in each animal from conception to plate, so it is always in their best interest to care for the cattle properly.  Take this year for example what are the 100% grass fed cattle eating?  It is the worst drought in California history and there has not been enough green grass for the cattle to flourish.  Through out the cattles life cycle they should always have a diet that keeps them growing if they stagnate the meat will become very gamey and tough not to mention how it effects the total well being of those animals.  Five Dot Ranch is proud of the cattle that they produce and feel comfortable that they are treated humanely and that their diet provides them with everything they need during their life time.  

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1262 · August 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM

This is hardly unique. My farmer also has a closed herd and he makes no big deal about it. Also, this looks like spam, as the author just joined and the post is somewhat advertising in nature.

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47 · August 24, 2014 at 4:29 PM

On the good-to-bad beef spectrum, *mostly* grass-fed is still waaaaaaayyyy better than conventional feedlot beef. We dont live in a world where we can all be perfect all the time, especially if we live in a big city. I say go for it!

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877 · March 05, 2014 at 5:17 AM

I'd go for the grass-fed grass-finished. ALL beef is grass-fed to start...... And then moved on to grains to fatten them up quickly! Cows were NEVER meant to eat grains, thus are fed antibiotics for when they get sick. And you are what you eat.

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602 · August 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Grains are the seeds of grasses. Cows eat grass and grass seeds during the summer which is when the grass blooms and puts out its seeds. These seeds are effectively grain. Cows do eat grains.

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690 · August 23, 2014 at 10:45 PM

>>Grains are the seeds of grasses. Cows eat grass and grass seeds during the summer which is when the grass blooms and puts out its seeds. These seeds are effectively grain. Cows do eat grains   <<,

And this is comparable to corn based cattle feed at a CAFO?

I think not

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602 · August 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM

What's wrong with a cow eating corn to fatten up? You'd rather eat a lean skinny cow with no marbling? Hey if that's your thing, cool, but I like my beef delicious and well-marbled with plenty of fat (because fat is good).

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245 · March 04, 2014 at 9:35 PM

The word 'ok' has no meaning. If by 'ok' you mean it won't kill you...then yes.

As you can imagine people would probably put it as better than pure grain-fed factory farm, but less than pasture pure grass fed. I've heard cows put on a lot of their weight later in life, so grain then -> grass would probably be better than grass->grain...but I guess that doesn't help anyone. Toxins are stored in the fat, which they put on later in life...while eating grain.

TL:DR- Yes, No and Maybe...

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