I assume most of Australia's beef is grassfed.
I recently bought some beef stew meat at Trader Joes (pretty lean stuff) that was "all natural" meaning no hormones or antibiotics. But it didn't say anything about grass / grain feeding. Just that it was from Australia.
Is it safe to assume that it's grassfed (just like the lamb there)? Or is Australia grain feeding enough of their cattle now that we should be careful?
No need to be shy. Go and ask the butcher. And ask the name of the supplier. Check it online to make sure they finish their meat on grass. You can't assume. Some organic stuff is in fact grassfed, even though it is not labeled as such. But other organic products are not. But the butcher should know and by happy to tell you. Otherwise, do not shop there!
I've investigated this at Coles one of Australia's biggest supermarket chains and they get beef from multiple suppliers, some grass-fed some grain-finished. They said they could not confirm if any one piece of meat was which and after a long convo the feeling I got was almost all are grain-finished and they have one or two small suppliers that grass-finish
I go and look up the brand online if possible(iPhone ftw) and check before purchasing.
I lean heavily on buying my cows from local grassfed/finished farmers thru eatwild.com or similar sites
Between orders I'll buy store-bought grassfinished from Costco(verde farms) and tJs which are both Australian
the aussie lamb is grassfed but i have no idea about the beef.
as i understand it, cattle are much harder to beef up, so to speak, on grass; so i'd be surprised if a big aussie beef exporter was pasturing their cattle.
Alot of Aussie lamb is said to be grassfed but finished or rationed with grains.
The same goes with alot of the beef. Most of the supermarket beef is grain fed.
An example of a grass fed beef company would be :
yeah I live in Australia and here if its grass fed...they make a big deal out of it...most is grain fed just like in USA where Im from.....so If it doesnt say...assume its grain.
our Kangaroo is 98% lean though....and thats wild game meat`